Months after ABC executives fired Roseanne Barr and canceled the highly successful “Roseanne” revival series, it seems the plan to move on without her is failing miserably.
The latest ratings for “The Conners,” the spin-off series in which Roseanne was killed off, are in — and it’s not looking good.
“Last night, ‘The Conners’ was beaten by everything- ‘NCIS,’ ‘The Voice,’ etc. This was their first really objective run, no World Series, nothing to distract potential viewers,” ShowBiz 411 reported.
The reported added, “But the key demo sank, which isn’t a good sign. And the total viewers were down by 180K, which is a lot, frankly. People are leaving and they’re not coming back.”
ABC has since reportedly ordered just one extra episode in addition to the original slate of 10 episodes. That could mean that ABC is planning to do one last finale and then kill the show.
One ABC executive recently admitted the network’s decision to fire Barr was a “knee-jerk” reaction.
"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,” a network “insider” told the Daily Mail.
Barr previously revealed that her character would die of an opioid overdose before the show actually aired.
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“It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show,” she said.
It seems that Roseanne will get the last laugh in the end.