Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Ratings: “The Conners” Drops 9% to a Series Low, “CSI” Returns in Las Vegas and Loses a Bet


TV is a dicey game these days. Between baseball, football, and other distractions– like Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” juggernaut– older shows are struggling.

On Wednesday night. “CSI” returned to CBS set in Las Vegas. They advertised original leading man William Petersen, but he didn’t show up until the end of the episode. The result was a squinty 4.1 million viewers, not really enough to raise a flag over. NBC’s “Chicago PD,” part of the Wolfian onslaught, knocked them cold at 10pm.

I’m still not sure why “CSI” returned. Almost no one was watching it when it ended a few seasons ago. And Petersen is always an X factor.

Meantime, ABC’s destruction of “The Conners” continues. A nice hit on Tuesdays at 8, the “Roseanne” spin off was moved to 9 on Wednesdays last year and started spinning out of control. Last night the show was down 9% from the previous week and hit a series low at 3.1 million. They’ve lost 400,000 viewers in three weeks. If this is a trend, and “The Conners” is going below 3 million, they are in big trouble. If ABC would move them back to 8pm, they might see a surge. But someone at ABC doesn’t like them, that’s clear.

The wild card in last night’s ratings was the Cardinals-Dodgers game on ESPN. They grabbed 6.67 million viewers from 8 to 11pm. That last hour is key, and it’s what gave “CSI” a kick in the pants. Cable was busy last night. Tucker Carlson lied to 3.3 million people for an hour from 8 to 9pm, whether they were asleep, in comas, or counting out their weekly liver pills.

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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