Friday, April 19, 2024

Wednesday Ratings: World Series Beats Everything, Sends “The Conners” and ABC Comedies into Basement


Last night’s ratings were predictably bad for the ABC Comedy block. The World Series on Fox scored over 8 million viewers as the Astros trounced the Braves (not thrilled, frankly). It is hoped the Braves will get a grip and control over what’s going on.

ABC on Wednesdays is a mess. “The Conners,” as we know, has gone into a tailspin. Last night the “Roseanne” spin off dropped almost 11% from last week in total viewers and 18% in the key demo, 18-49. They lost almost 400,000 fans from last week. Those viewers must be Astros fans!

The sad part of this story is that “The Conners,” with just 3.2 million viewers, is the high ground for ABC Wednesdays. “The Goldbergs” was at 3.1 million. “The Wonder Years” 2.0 and “Home Economics” are way behind, and they’ve been issued extensions through May. I’ve never heard anyone mention “A Million Little Things,” a ‘thirtysomething’ lite soap opera. If ABC wants a soap, they’d be smart to revive “Knots Landing,” or actually bring back ‘thirtysomething’ (whatever happened to that idea).



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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