Update, June 18, 2020:
Season 3 is officially happening. ABC recently released its fall 2020 primetime lineup, and The Conners made the cut. For the newest season though, the beloved sitcom will be moving to Modern Family's old time slot — a.k.a., Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET.
Update, March 22, 2019:
The Conners are here to stay. After months of speculation, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke reportedly announced on Friday that The Conners will be renewed for a second season.
"We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conners family," Karey said in a statement. "This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves."
So far, E News reports Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Ames McNamara and Laurie Metcalf are set to return, with "additional cast to be announced at a later date." Deadline notes that show runner Bruce Helford is already in the process of creating story ideas for season 2.
Original, January 1, 2019:
It's been months since The Conners premiered on ABC without its original star Roseanne Barr. When the Roseanne spinoff series first aired in October, many critics and fans were skeptical that it would be a success. In comparison to the ratings for the first episode of the Roseanne reboot in March of this year, The Conners didn't do nearly as well. But the new sitcom — starring Sarah Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, and John Goodman — seems to be performing better than expected.
The Conners ratings aren't too shabby.
Whether it's because of the compelling story lines or the slew of guest stars, The Conners has been doing pretty well. For the show's premiere in mid-October, Vulture reported that it had 10.4 million same-day viewers and a 2.3 rating for adults under 50 — a stat that was nearly identical to the 10.5 million same-day viewers who tuned in for the finale of the Roseanne reboot back in May.
Of course, 10.5 million is not even close to the staggering 18.2 million that the premiere of the Roseanne reboot brought in, but ET reported that ABC wasn't expecting them to be on par anyway. In fact, ABC thought audience interest would be about half of what it was for the new Roseanne — meaning, in a way, The Conners exceeded expectations. On top of that, the premiere even beat out NBC's This Is Us for the night.
Matthew Broderick's surprise appearance in the Halloween episode also marked a positive moment for the show's ratings. The Conners rose a tenth of a point from 1.7 to 1.8 that week, and ended up narrowly behind This Is Us (2.1), according to The Hollywood Reporter. On top of that, during Thanksgiving week, Deadline notes that ratings for primetime television across the board dropped, which put The Conners (1.4) practically neck-and-neck with This Is Us (1.8).
Still, Nielsen data indicates that The Conners has been generally losing viewers with each passing week.
What Roseanne fans are saying about the show.
"#TheConners is now just Dan whining about Roseanne being gone. Why don’t they just cancel this show?" one viewer tweeted during the November 13 episode. "@ABCNetwork cancel the Conners it’s trash," another one declared. Many more went on to express that they want ABC to bring Barr back or get rid of the show for good.
Of course, that's not the opinion of all Conners viewers. Some are saying that the show is doing just fine without Barr. "I'm loving #TheConners! It's just as good as Roseanne @TheConnersABC," one fan tweeted. "Just as good without Roseanne!!" another added.
So, will The Conners be canceled?
Laurie Metcalf has officially put all cancelation rumors to bed. When speaking with ET at the 24th Annual Critics' Choice Awards on January 13, the sitcom's star says that, as far as she knows, season two is happening.
“I believe it's going to happen,” said Laurie, who plays Jackie on the Roseanne spinoff. “I think we'll do between 10 and 13 [episodes], something like that ... I think the tone will be the same, but I love not knowing what's coming up at all.”
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