The ratings are in for ABC’s Roseanne Barr-free The Conners season premiere, and the show has fallen far behind Roseanne.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
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. It was Tuesday’s second highest-rated show in metered markets, behind NCIS (8.1/13).
The hourlong Roseanne premiere ended up with 18.44 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s same-day tally.
Tuesday’s Roseanne-less premiere also trailed last season’s same-day averages of 3.3 in the 18-49 demo and 13.48 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Conners was created as a spinoff of Roseanne after star Roseanne Barr was fired from ABC for sending a tweet that compared Valerie Jarrett to someone from Planet of the Apes.
Barr quickly apologized, tweeting “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
Roseanne Barr responded to her character being killed in The Conners with a defiant tweet Tuesday, proclaiming, “I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!”
I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 17, 2018
The rebooted season of Roseanne sparked criticism from many as Barr made her pro-Donald Trump views well-known. In 2017, she said that attacks on President Trump were “really a disguised attack on American voters who rejected Obama-Clinton-Bush’s bleeding” of American taxpayer’s money.