Friday, April 12, 2024

Ratings: ABC Continues to Murder “The Conners” As Show Drops By Another 400,000 Viewers


Something’s going on, maybe Bruce Helford or someone at “The Conners” knows the answer. (Email me The sitcom has turned into “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The victim is “The Conners,” which returned last night after a week off to just 3.5 million viewers. That’s down from 3.9 million two weeks ago. You get the picture. Each week represents a further decline.

ABC moved “The Conners” from Tuesdays to Wednesdays, and from 8pm to 9pm. They shook off 50% of their audience by doing so, leaving “The Conners” — which last season was their highest rated half hour — in tatters. Is it contractual? Maybe if the show falls below a certain level, ABC can cut the salaries. I don’t know. But it’s mystifying.

The whole Wednesday night ABC schedule is getting killed by the NBC Dick Wolf “Chicago” juggernaut, and also by “The Masked Singer.” “The Conners” isn’t the only victim of this murder. “Blackish” is also suffering. It’s ABC’s only Emmy or Golden Globe-nominated show, and it’s being flushed down the toilet.  Amazing!

As for “The Conners,” don’t worry, Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman have other things to do. Sara Gilbert can go right back to “The Talk.” But all the other cast and crew would probably like to stick around. If the numbers go under 3 million, they’ll have to bring back Roseanne! (Just kidding.)



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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