“The Conners” continued to prove in its second week on the air that it sorely needs Roseanne Barr.
After the series premiere already took a big dive compared to the ratings for “Roseanne,” the second episode of “The Conners” slipped by nearly 30 percent in viewership.
The new episode of the sitcom scored a 1.7 rating in the much-coveted 18-49 age demographic, which was a 29 percent fall from the premiere. In overall viewers, it scored 7.9 million, which was a whopping 26 percent dive from the premiere.
In the show’s defense, it was facing off against Game 1 of the World Series — but this is still a major drop for a program that was already coming up short in the ratings department.
The premiere of “The Conners,” which is a spinoff of the canceled “Roseanne,” revealed that the former central figure of the show, Roseanne Conner (played by Roseanne Barr), had died of an opioid overdose.
The comedian signed away her creative and financial rights to her own creation in an attempt to apologize for a political tweet that some deemed racist.
As has been pointed out before, ABC’s firing of Barr shows a hypocritical treatment of conservative artists in Hollywood. Plenty of liberal artists, including Barr’s ex-husband, Tom Arnold, have said and done far worse, yet they are welcomed by Hollywood with open arms.
“The Conners” seems to be Barr’s revenge, though, since the series is absolutely tanking in the ratings.
Taking into consideration the massive ratings for “Roseanne,” “The Conners” is coming up short in a very big way.
Its second episode shows that people aren’t sticking around for the new series, which stars John Goodman and Sara Gilbert (both pictured above on the left), which is little more than a sanitized version of the hard-biting and always hilarious “Roseanne.”
Nearly every show dips in its second episode; but to do so by almost 30 percent shows there is little trust between the program and viewers.
The only way “The Conners” lasts at this point is if ABC decides to stick it out with the series for a bit in an attempt to fight off the growing narrative that firing Barr was a big mistake.
It may seem silly to spend money on something people don’t want — but when it comes to politics, put nothing past Hollywood.
Check out a clip from “The Conners” below: