Thursday, May 23, 2024

Wednesday Ratings: “The Conners” in Crisis, Falls Under 3 Million Again, But Joe Walsh Saves the Day


“The Conners” may not be back for a fifth and final season. This could be it, if ABC has something in the pipeline to replace it.

Last night’s episode fell again under 3 million viewers, to 2.87 million.

If the show didn’t feature such an all star cast it might have been cancelled already. As it is, those actors are expensive. which might make continuing next fall difficult.

Joe Walsh of the Eagles was the guest star last night. He’s not an actor but he pulled off his part with aplomb. He must have done it as a favor to John Goodman. I’m putting up his first clip, but I’m hoping to one from the end of the show where Joe and John jammed on a blues number. It was the highlight of the show.

I don’t know what’s happened to Laurie Metcalf. She’s an amazing, Tony winning actress. They write Jackie now like she’s mentally handicapped. It’s really a shame. And last night there was no explanation for the absence of Dan’s new wife, Louise (Katey Sagal). Sagal was seen on crutches in November after being hit by a car. Couldn’t the writers have just said, Louise is visiting her aunt in Michigan, or something?

The whole night was a ratings disaster for ABC. “The Wonder Years” is very watchable, but no one’s watching it. “The Goldbergs” are done since they ousted Jeff Garlin. It’s sad watching them circle the drain.

and Joe Walsh if you’re not sure who he is. I really love him:

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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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