Tuesday, July 16, 2024

ABC Squandered a New Episode of “The Conners” Wednesday Night, Ratings Dropped 20% to a Season Low


ABC wants to kill “The Conners.” I don’t know why. Is it too expensive? I don’t get it.

Ratings for last night’s first run episode dropped 20% from the previous week, which was a high with Candice Bergen.

This is what happened: ABC put “The Conners” at 10pm following the Biden Inauguration special. Maybe they thought the Biden audience would stick around. Well, they didn’t. A total of 400,000 viewers changed channels after the Biden special, leaving “The Conners” with a season low 3.099 million fans.

From the season opener in October to last night, “The COnners” has dropped an astounding 36%. Moving the show from Tuesdays at 8 to Wednesdays at 9 was bad enough. Showing it at 10pm was the killer.

ABC will counter by saying they still won their time slot at 10pm. But what’s the cost? They probably could have shown a rerun and gotten the same number. This did not work out.

Roger Friedman
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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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