Thursday, June 20, 2024

Ratings: “The Conners” Returns After 3 Week Break to Another All Time Low, Despite Having Everything But the Kitchen Sink


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.


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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