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TV Ratings: 'The Conners' Falls Well Short of 'Roseanne'

TV Ratings: 'The Conners' Falls Well Short of 'Roseanne'

TV Ratings: 'The Conners' Falls Well Short of 'Roseanne'
The 'Roseanne' spinoff puts up pretty strong numbers with its premiere, but they were well below the massive start for its predecessor last season.

The Conners, ABC's Roseanne Barr-less Roseanne spinoff, fell considerably short of its predecessor's debut last season â€" although it still put up solid numbers and is the top series premiere in adults 18-49 this fall.

In metered-market households Tuesday night, The Conners drew a 7.5 rating/12 share, off about 35 percent from the 11.6/19 for Roseanne's premiere in March. The declines in the fast national ratings were steepe r: The premiere's 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 is down 56 percent from Roseanne's 5.2; in total viewers, it's off by 43 percent (10.46 million vs. 18.44 million).

The numbers for The Conners are below Roseanne's same-day averages last season (3.3 in the 18-49 demo, 13.48 million viewers) but in line with the latter show ended in May: The Roseanne finale delivered a 2.5 in the demo and 10.58 million viewers.

Ratings for The Conners were at the low end of what several ratings-watchers predicted for the show. In The Hollywood Reporter's informal survey of industry insiders, most had the show debuting in the high 2s or low 3s among adults 18-49 and around 12 million viewers.

The 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 for The Conners was Tuesday's highest, a tenth of a point better than This Is Us on NBC. It's also the highest-rated series premiere of the fall, coming in just ahead of the 2.2 and 10. 4 million viewers for Manifest on NBC.

Oct. 17, 8:15 a.m. Updated with additional ratings figures.

Rick Porter

Rick Porter

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