Just about everyone knew on some level that The Conners ratings were going to fall moving into episode 2. What we’ve got at the moment is proof as to how dramatic that fall really is.
Tuesday night’s new episode of the series generated a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, down over 27% from the premiere — yet, this still isn’t a bad total for ABC and it puts the show among the top-rated comedies on network television. It just means that this series isn’t a runaway hit in the same way that it once was with Roseanne Barr on board.
The bad news in regards to The Conners is that its ratings decline led to some other declines elsewhere. The Kids Are Alright fell down to a 1.1 rating in its second airing, and The Rookie dropped down to a 0.8 rating. That makes us a little more concerned over its future than we were after one airing. If it drops anymore, all of a sudden it will be in last place on the night.
While the news for ABC at the moment may be far from stellar, there are some reasons for the major networks to smile elsewhere. Take, for example, NBC drawing a 1.3 rating with New Amsterdam, proving that they have found a reasonably-stable hit for themselves following This Is Us. This show not only has a full season order, but it continues to be rather well-liked among most critics. We do think that it is well on its way to getting a season 2 renewal, even if nothing is 100% official on that just yet.
Over on The CW, meanwhile, The Flash recovered from a lower outing to finish with a 0.7 rating.
In general, the main takeaway we are getting from the Tuesday lineup is that ABC, despite all of their attempts to shake up the night, is still in trouble here. Meanwhile, CBS is steady if relatively unspectacular in the demo and NBC can continue to ride the wave buoyed by both The Voice and also This Is Us.
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