ABC To Cancel The Conners?
After ABC canceled its rating giant the Roseanne Reboot following a racist tweet from its lead star Roseanne Barr, it appears the network is now contemplating to pull the plug off its spin-off series ‘The Conners’. The Conners premiered October 16th, opening up with exactly half the ratings of its ancestor’s premiere. It later went on to see a dip in ratings in its second episode. Though the third episode, the Halloween special, was able to reclaim the fallen ratings; they too weren’t sufficient enough. The spin-off, despite decent ratings, has not been able to generate the same luck as Roseanne. And now, following a new programming decision, the rumor of cancellation of this nascent show is doing rounds.
ABC Orders Additional Episode For The Conners
Even after several citings of falling ratings, ABC has ordered another ‘surprise’ episode for the Roseanne –less Conners. Roger Friedman notes that this additional episode order is nothing, but a finale for the show. On another note, he also mentioned that the only possible rescue for the Conners is if the show makers decide to bring Roseanne Barr back, which ABC might want.
Low Ratings And Budgeting Issues May Lead To Cancellation
The big Halloween of The Conners episode secured ratings that were less than everything- ‘NCIS,’ ‘The Voice,’ etc.” Additionally, the show is a costly venture for the network to run. ABC pays John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Sara Gilbert, $375,000 per episode. And if you add to that the salaries of the other key cast members who are also talking big money, it becomes essentially a lot. Moreover, to salvage the show, ABC also introduces guest faces on The Conners regularly. They, unfortunately, have not been able to fill the spot left vacant by Roseanne Barr. Furthermore introducing them comes at a heavy cost.
The Conners Fails The Ratings Game Miserably Without Roseanne Barr
While the Roseanne-free show drew 7.7 million viewers for ABC, “The Voice” drew 8.8 million for NBC, and “NCIS” drew 12.1 million over at CBS. “The Gifted” drew just 2 million for Fox. NBC had the most viewers on Tuesday. Though CBS and ABC tied up in their 1.1/5 share, CBS had more than 9 million viewers as compared to ABC ‘S 4.9 million. Roseanne Reboot had clocked a starling 18.2 million viewers for the network. Hence, genuinely a drop to 7.7 comes as a rude shock. The announcement about a renewal or cancellation is expected to arrive soon.