‘The Conners’ Debuts With A Thud – Ratings Less Than Half Of ‘Roseanne’

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. 

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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).

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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.


 

ABC Execs Now Regret Firing Roseanne

As the Roseanne reboot ‘The Connors’ is set to launch this week, ABC executives are now admitting they might have made a terrible mistake in firing the iconic sitcom star and then attempting to revise the show without her even as millions of Roseanne fans say NO WAY to the new show that is absent the star who created it in the first place.

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Via Zero Hedge:

ABC Regrets Firing Roseanne; “We Didn’t Think It Through Properly”

ABC executives regret their “knee-jerk” decision to fire Roseanne Barr, and now believe that the network’s spin-off series The Conners will fail under the weight of its own politically correct hubris, reports the Daily Mail, citing two anonymous execs.

“We didn’t think it through properly. What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn’t have rushed to fire her. It was almost a knee-jerk reaction by Ben [Sherwood] and Channing [Dungey] who should have launched an investigation,” said one insider, who added, “This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.”

The Roseanne reboot – which quickly became ABC’s #1 top-rated series in April, was quickly derailed after the network suddenly fired star Roseanne Barr after she compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to if the “Muslim brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a bay,” comments which were condemned by Dungey as “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

Barr, 65, was fired before a single advertiser pulled out, just three months into the show’s return. Her co-stars immediately turned on her, publicly shunning Roseanne for her tweet.

…”In the end, the ratings are all that matter – and there are many people at Disney and ABC who are worried that firing Roseanne will see their Tuesday night ratings drop substantially. And should The Conners flop, Channing and her team will have many questions to answer.”

“The whisper across ABC is that they will not even be a quarter of what Roseanne achieved last season.”

An ABC spokesperson told the Mail denied that the network is concerned about the success of the Connors.

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