The Conners may be one of ABC’s highest-rated comedies, but the reality here remains that it was always a series with a clearly-defined end — there are only eleven episodes in its order, and it was never envisioned to run for an extremely long time (at least for this year).
So, with that in mind, don’t look at the news that the John Goodman – Sara Gilbert series is ending in early 2019 as some sort of sure-fire sign that we are going to see a cancellation coming down the road. If The Conners does end in 2019 for good, it’s not going to be because of its ratings — they are clearly good enough for it to continue. It’s mostly just possible that the cast wants to move on to other things. Many of them were already under contract this time around because of Roseanne and its success early this year; this is not one of those typical series, though, where the cast inks six-year deals at the start of production. Its status as a spin-off / extension of a long-running show makes it a little bit unique.
The Conners at present is slated to end its season 1 run on January 22, and it is going to be replaced starting on February 5 by another popular ABC comedy in American Housewife. That will lead off their Tuesday night lineup, and this is going to allow The Goldbergs spin-off Schooled to premiere starting on January 9 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern (in American Housewife’s old timeslot). With this in mind, Wednesday nights in 2019 will be The Goldbergs immediately followed by Schooled before bringing in the one-two punch of Modern Family followed by Single Parents after the fact.
The question that ABC has to wonder is whether or not American Housewife will do well enough in this timeslot to help support some of the comedies airing afterwards. The Conners did prove rather beneficial to a number of other shows on the lineup, whether you are talking about The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, or Splitting Up Together. The ratings did not trickle down all that much to The Rookie, which finds itself in danger this year despite boasting some pretty good star power with Nathan Fillion.
Odds are, ABC will make decisions on the majority of their television lineup in the spring, but we do think that it’s certainly possible that they will figure some things out on The Conners a little bit sooner than that. Given this show’s ratings so far and the need for the cast to know what the future holds, they could start to negotiate and figure out some future plans sooner rather than later. There’s really not any real reason to wait here!
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