The mystery of “The Conners” continues.
The ABC spin off of “Roseanne” returned last night after three weeks with a new episode. They were down 7% to another all time low, 2.766 million. They were down 15% in the key demo of young people.
Why? Because the show is like a gathering for senior citizens. Not that I minded seeing them, but Candice Bergen and Katey Sagal were guest stars. Laurie Metcalf, who’s technically Young Sheldon’s real grandmother, was featured playing “Jeopardy!” with Aaron Rodgers, who scored low ratings when he actually hosted that show.
So that’s really everything but the kitchen sink. And everyone. Sagal’s Louise looks a lot better now that she’s also “Rebel” on ABC Thursday nights. What the heck is she doing in Lanford with these people? Bergen is devastatingly good, as always. Her diner scene with Darlene (Sara Gilbert) was beautiful. Metcalf must be wondering if she’ll ever get back to Broadway, albeit without Scott Rudin as her producer.
But “The Conners” was beaten on ABC by “The Goldbergs,” and across networks by everything at its time slot. ABC has renewed it, of course, because they’re stuck, as U2 sang, in the middle of something and they can’t get out of it. They’d better get it together.