‘The Conners’ Premiere Slips 35 Percent From ‘Roseanne’ Return in Early Ratings

But it beat previous installment’s season finale — and “The Voice”

Last Updated: October 17, 2018 @ 7:19 AM

“The Conners” had a solid series premiere on Tuesday, topping “The Voice” from 8-8:30 p.m. but losing the time slot to CBS’ “NCIS,” according to Nielsen’s overnight ratings. The Roseanne-less “Roseanne” fell 35 percent shy of its predecessor-series’ massive Spring 2018 return, but it beat the season finale, per these earliest-available TV ratings.

This version of the classic ABC sitcom landed a 7.5 rating in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets. The “Roseanne” return scored an 11.6, which ultimately translated to 18.2 million total viewers.

Last night’s 7.5 initial rating is 3 percent better than what ended up being the “Roseanne” series finale. It actually ended up besting the final three episodes of the 2017-18 TV season.

The spring “Roseanne” run averaged an 8.6 overnight rating, which is 13 percent higher than the start for “The Conners.”

Below is how that final “Roseanne” run went, per episode, in the 56 metered markets:
3/27: 11.6
4/3: 9.8
4/10: 9.2
4/17: 8.7
5/1: 8.1
5/8: 6.9
5/15: 7.1
5/22: 7.3

Elsewhere on Tuesday’s broadcast primetime, “The Voice” averaged a 5.6/9 from 8-8:30 p.m. Fox’s “The Gifted” got a 1.6/3, and CW’s 1.4/2. For further context and fairness, “The Conners” fared better than NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us” did an hour later.

When reached by TheWrap, ABC did not provide numbers or comment on this story. As practice, the network does not issue overnight numbers to the media.

Fast national ratings are expected around 11 a.m. ET today. Final numbers will follow.