The ratings are in for the new ABC series, “The Conners,” a spinoff of the comedy hit “Roseanne.” Many were curious as to how many people would tune in to the show after it recently axed its biggest star.
“The Conners” received a 7.5 rating and 12 million viewers which meant the show had a 35% drop in ratings when compared to the 11.6 rating and 19 million viewers that the “Roseanne” premiere received.
All things considered, “The Conners” still had decent ratings for a spinoff of a reboot. It was the second-most watched primetime television show on Tuesday night, behind only NCIS.
It will be interesting to see if “The Conners” can sustain these numbers over the course of the season, or if they will lose interest now that Roseanne Barr is no longer a part of the show.
In related news, conservative TV star and comedian Tim Allen is back on the television with the return of “Last Man Standing.” A year after ABC surprisingly axed the show, Fox picked up the family comedy, and its first episode debuted Friday night to huge ratings.
On its Friday night return, “Last Man Standing” scored a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, or 8.01 million viewers. During its final season on ABC, the show averaged a 1.2 rating and 6.41 million viewers.
ABC’s loss appears to be Fox’s gain as the network saw over 1.5 million more viewers for the show’s reboot.
One year ago, ABC shocked both “Last Man Standing” viewers and stars by canceling the show despite solid ratings and reviews.
“Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years,” tweeted Tim Allen after hearing the news.
With the strong ratings in their debut episode, it looks like he’s found a new home on Fox.