Something’s going on, maybe Bruce Helford or someone at “The Conners” knows the answer. (Email me firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.)