The Roseanne revival earned terrific ratings for ABC in the 2017-18 television season. It stung them to cancel it in the wake of star Roseanne Barr’s offensive Twitter behavior. Rather than let the whole Conner family (and that great big audience) go, the Alphabet Network has introduced The Conners TV show. Can the first season of this spin-off even come close to being the kind of Nielsen knockout the revival was, or has the audience already moved on? Will The Conners be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
An ABC family comedy, The Conners stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, Jayden Rey, and Maya Lynne Robinson. Guest stars in season one include Estelle Parsons, James Pickens Jr., Natalie West, Johnny Galecki, and Juliette Lewis. The sitcom follows the working-class family of Roseanne and Dan Conner (Goodman) including their three children Becky (Goranson), Darlene (Gilbert), and D.J. (Fishman), as well as Roseanne’s sister, Jackie Harris (Metcalf). No matter what challenges they meet in Lanford, Illinois, the Conners endure, thanks to their persistence, humor, and most of all — love.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
1/23 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The 10th season of Roseanne on ABC averaged a 3.49 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 13.482 million total viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like The Conners TV series? Should this ABC TV show be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
*3/22/2019 Update: ABC has renewed The Conners TV show for a second season.