'The Conners' ratings suffer, down 35% without Roseanne Barr

It looks like ABC made a big mistake when they fired Roseanne Barr from the "Roseanne" show after her offensive comments about Valerie Jarrett.

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The ratings for "The Conners" show are down 35% compared to the season opener of the "Roseanne" revival episode.

"The Conners" only came in fourth overall for the night.

The Conners” had a solid series premiere on Tuesday, topping “The Voice” from 8-8:30 p.m. but losing the time slot to CBS’ “NCIS,” according to Nielsen’s overnight ratings. The Roseanne-less “Roseanne” fell 35 percent shy of its predecessor-series’ massive Spring 2018 return, but it beat the season finale, per these earliest-available TV ratings.
This version of the classic ABC sitcom landed a 7.5 rating in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets. The “Roseanne” return scored an 11.6, which ultimately translated to 18.2 million total viewers.
Last night’s 7.5 initial rating is 3 percent better than what ended up being the “Roseanne” series finale. It actually ended up besting the final three episodes of the 2017-18 TV season.
The spring “Roseanne” run averaged an 8.6 overnight rating, which is 13 percent higher than the start for “The Conners.” (The Wrap)

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Two ABC executives stated anonymously that they made a mistake and wish they had suspended Roseanne Barr instead of firing her.

“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 executive.
“This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.” (Epoch Times)

Firing Roseanne Barr from her own show would be like firing Bruce Willis from Die Hard. You just can't do that.

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