ABC made the decision to fire Roseanne and continue without her by starting the new show “The Connors.” The ratings are in and it looks like this was a really bad move.
According to Entertainment Weekly:
ABC’s Roseanne-without-Roseanne spin-off The Conners couldn’t come anywhere close to the blockbuster premiere rating of its predecessor, yet still had a strong number that led Tuesday night in the ratings.
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, but was very much on par with Roseanne‘s finale and even managed to edge out NBC’s This Is Us for the night.
When Roseanne returned on ABC earlier this year, the first episode delivered a staggering 18.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49 in the overnight Nielsens. The series fell from that height, of course, and its finale ended up at 10.3 million viewers and a 2.4 rating.
To make matters worse the show “killed off” Roseanne’s character by saying she died from an opioid overdose. Roseanne was not happy with this plot twist and expressed her frustrations.