Roseanne Barr got fired from the “Roseanne” show after she posted some rather controversial tweets criticizing and poking jokes at former President Barack Obama’s pal Valerie Jarrett. Roseanne’s tweets were in jest, but that didn’t stop the mob mentality from calling for her to get the boot and ABC fell for it.
To make matters worse, the season premiere of “The Conners” was on last night and now today the ratings are in.
And boy did they stink it up!
Ratings for the “Roseanne Show Without Roseanne” – also known as “The Conners” came in at 35% LOWER than the season premiere of “Roseanne” when Barr made a comeback to television.
This just proves one thing – you can’t kick Roseanne off her own show and then think it will succeed.
It wasn’t enough. It would be like taking Wayne and Garth out of Wayne’s World – it just doesn’t make sense and it’s most likely not any good.
There’s a rumor going around that some people watched “The Conners” just to see how bad it was. However, that is strictly a rumor, but also a highly possible scenario. It’s like watching bad horror to see how bad it really gets. There are several movies made just like that and they all rhyme with “Sharknado.”
Tuesday night’s episode of The Conners—a spinoff starring the Roseanne cast minus Roseanne Barr—pulled in 10.5 million viewers with 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, beating out This Is Us for the demographic’s top spot of the night.
However, this was still a 35 percent decline from the 18.2 million viewers and 5.1 rating among adults 18-49 delivered by its predecessor’s March premiere, the highest-rated comedy broadcast since a 2014 premiere episode of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, according to ABC.
Titled “Keep on Trucking,” the premiere of The Conners confirmed previous reports that Roseanne’s absence would be explained by having her character die from an opioid overdose. Following the episode’s conclusion, Barr took to Twitter to remind fans that, in real life, she is still alive and well.” (Time)
Roseanne didn’t need to say much about it.
When it comes to ABC executives regretting the quick firing, there were two particular people who spoke out about it to the Daily Mail and under the cover of remaining anonymous. They believed a suspension would have been more appropriate. I suppose after seeing these ratings come in 35% lower without Roseanne Barr’s presence, that they certainly wish they had her back.
“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,” an ABC insider told The Daily Mail.
The ABC insider openly admits regretting not polling the general public before making a decision. The choice to cut Roseanne from the show occurred hours after her comments sparked backlash.
“This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision,” he continued. “They could’ve suspended her from the first few episodes without pay and had her return later on in the season. I mean the season finale saw Roseanne going to the hospital for knee surgery.” (Daily Caller)