A 55% decline is a huge disappointment and that is exactly what happened to ‘The Conners’ as it premiered last night without the embattled female star who created that iconic working-class family three decades ago. Fans of the original series tuned out and even with considerable advertising, news coverage, and public interest in how the show would manage to go on after its star was abruptly fired for making a tweet about Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett (a longtime adviser to Barack Obama) the lower-than-hoped-for ratings likely spell doom for the attempted series reboot.
Via Entertainment Weekly:
…The debut airing delivered 10.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49.
That’s down 55 percent from the premiere of Roseanne last spring.
…When Roseanne returned on ABC earlier last March, the first episode delivered a staggering 18.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49 in the overnight Nielsens.
…ABC has had some rough sledding this season. The network understandably axed its top comedy Roseanne due to Barr’s tweets in May but also less understandably canceled Last Man Standing — which Fox picked up and is now using it to easily pummel every other show on Friday night. In the overall ratings so far this fall, ABC has slipped into fourth place behind Fox (and that’s even if you take the sports coverage that boosts ABC’s rivals out of the equation).
The above outlines a firm fact regarding conservative America. First, they make up the majority. Second, they are loyal to the things they like. And third, they’ll punish news and entertainment entities that go too far in trying to spread leftist/anti-American ideology by taking their business elsewhere.
Sooner or later there has to be some media execs who understand and accept that undeniable fact and create and promote programs accordingly. If not, networks like ABC will continue to be left behind.
It was a move clearly intended to make an example of a vocal media Trump supporter. So far Sean Hannity has withstood the attacks against him and his fans have responded by giving his cable news program record ratings.
Hannity’s nightly viewership has recently climbed to the point it is trouncing his MSNBC competition and actually doubling the viewership of the CNN competition.
That success represents millions of viewers who are being educated nightly on the anti-American actions of the Deep State cabal which does exist and has been attempting to damage President Trump and the Trump agenda since Mr. Trump, against all odds, became the GOP nominee in 2016.
Mr. Hannity’s enemies attempted to implicate him in the Michael Cohen FBI raid. Cohen is Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney. Within hours of that raid there were leaks outlining Hannity’s vast real estate holdings – the implication being Hannity was possibly doing something illegal and slanting his weekly news program to heavily favor Donald Trump.
Owning real estate is not illegal – but apparently, in 2018 America some would make supporting Donald Trump a crime.
Sean Hannity’s recent ratings surge has made clear his fans appreciate his willingness to continue fighting against that mindset.
It has been suggested there’s a BIG backlash brewing against fired FBI Director James Comey. His widely-publicized interview last night with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos likely won’t help to lessen the growing negativity that surrounds Mr. Comey and his petulant and very personal attacks against a sitting president.
In short – the guy came off very weird.
Much like the book itself for which Mr. Comey is now engaged in heavy promotion, there were no bombshells or substantive disclosures. It’s clear Comey has some very deep dislike of Donald Trump which of course makes his firing from the FBI all the more understandable and reasonable.
The most shocking of the entire Comey interview is how weird Comey comes off. This is a man who headed the single largest law enforcement agency in the world and the guy looks and sounds like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum because his mommy refused to let him watch more cartoons. He remarks on the color of the president’s skin, the size of his hands, his height, his personality, suggests Donald Trump might have ties to Russia, thinks Americans who voted for him should be punished, and that those opposing Trump are part of some great cause to right what he views to be a terrible wrong.
The immaturity and self-importance were offputting and the ho-hum ratings suggest most of America felt the same as far more of them tuned in to watch the Country Music Awards and/or The Walking Dead.
The book will be released. The media will breathlessly attempt to hoist it high and within days it will be forgotten.
And Donald Trump remains President of the United States.
Just how good were the ratings for the Roseanne reboot. Good. Very-very good.
In fact almost 22 million good. Those are numbers that place the show as one of the biggest network television premiers of all time.
In fact, Barr was amused to note that the ratings for Roseanne were even better than the anti-Trump 60 Minutes interview with porn star Stormy Daniels.
“Wow! Final ratings show that our show beat Stormi Daniels after all!! thank you, peeps!!” Barr Tweeted.
With only two episodes of the new season aired, ABC announced on Friday that the network would renew Roseanne for a second season.
“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said according to Deadline. “The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the ‘Roseanne’ team has in store for next year.”