The Conners ratings take a hit, fall to season low ahead of fall finale

John Goodman as Dan on The Conners cast
John Goodman as Dan on The Conners cast. Pic credit: ABC

The Conners ratings started out nicely, once it replaced Roseanne on ABC. The new version of the show continues to follow the Conner family, following the death of the character played by Roseanne Barr.

A report from TV by the Numbers revealed what the December 4 episode did for ABC. Going up against The Voice (NBC) and NCIS (CBS) was never a great time slot for the comedy. Still, The Conners ratings have dipped pretty far from the season premiere and even further with the last episode.

In the latest episode, an estimated 6.63 million viewers tuned in and the show received a ratings mark of 1.3 for the key demographic of viewers aged 18-49. In comparison, NCIS had an estimated 12.04 million viewers, while The Voice was estimated at 8.91 million viewers for the night.

The Conners canceled before Season 2 if ratings don’t improve?

Breaking down the numbers, that’s a seven percent dip from the previous episode, marking an all-time low for The Conners ratings. Taking that one step further, these numbers for Season 1 Episode 8 of The Conners don’t favorably compare to Season 1 Episode 8 of the Roseanne reboot. In fact, the numbers are about 50 percent worse.

Going up against shows like The Voice and NCIS is a pretty tough task for any show, especially since NCIS is one of the most-watched dramas on television and The Voice is down to its final few contestants for the 2018 season. Still, there isn’t a lot of breathing room for a show that may cost a lot of money to produce.

The next episode of The Conners, which guest stars Katey Sagal, is the fall finale for the show. ABC will want to see good numbers from the first-year show, otherwise, it could be at a real risk of getting canceled down the stretch.

If it does become an at-risk show, viewers should expect to see more stunt-casting to get back the audience.

The Conners airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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