Trump curse? Ratings flop for ABC’s Roseanne-less sitcom and Alec Baldwin’s new show. Yes, he has one…for now

Looks like Trump-haters are learning the hard way as network ratings tank for some liberal shows.

Week two of ABC’s “The Conners” seemed to confirm that the show minus Roseanne Barr may soon be on life support as it lost another 26 percent of its audience since last week, Deadline reported.

With just 7.9 million viewers tuning in to the spin-off that continued the family’s saga after learning the fate of matriarch and titular character Roseanne last week, the second episode pulled in only a rating of 1.7 with the adult age range of 18-49, a 29 percent decline.

According to Deadline:

ABC’s The Conners (1.7 in adults 18-49 Live+Same Day, 8.0 million total viewers) was down 29% in 18-49 (-26% from the fast national) and down 26% in viewers from the premiere. For comparison, the Roseanne revival was down 25% in 18-49 and just 16% in viewers between its blockbuster debut and Week 2 last spring. The Conners also relinquished the No. 1 spot for the night in the demo to NBC’s This Is Us (2.1), which was down only a tenth from last Wednesday.


While some arguments were made that the decline was due to competition from Game 1 of the World Series, other shows did not experience this level of change, according to Entertainment Weekly which noted:

But it’s debatable how much of The Conners drop should be attributed to the sports competition. CBS’ entire lineup was actually unchanged in the ratings compared to last week, and NBC shows were barely impacted — with The Voice and This Is Us only dropping a tenth of a point each (and New Amsterdam at 10 p.m. actually improving). The CW’s lineup likewise improved. ABC’s lineup, however, softened across the board after The Conners dipped at 8 p.m.


Barr fired off a scathing rebuke of ABC after “The Conners” debuted, calling out the network for failing to handle the controversy better after an unfortunate tweet by the comedian was deemed racist, leading to her firing and cancellation of the ratings blockbuster which featured a pro-Trump lead character.

“The cancellation of ‘Roseanne’ is an opportunity squandered due in equal parts to fear, hubris, and a refusal to forgive,” Barr said in a statement, following her defiant tweet as the spin-off revealed her character died due to an opioid overdose: “I ain’t dead, b*tches!”

Senior ABC executives revealed recently that they reportedly regretted the “knee-jerk” reaction to fire Barr, fearing the spin-off would crash and burn without her.

Other Trump-bashing liberals are also experiencing the karma as Alec Baldwin is finding out.

The actor, who has been a vocal critic of the president’s and has infamously mocked Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” is facing cancellation of his new show, which is also on ABC.

The premiere of “The Alec Baldwin Show” on Sunday gained just a 0.4 rating among the coveted adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen.

“The Baldwin-hosted chatfest was the lowest-rated program in the demo of any broadcast network — including the CW,” Fox News reported.

Guest actor Robert De Niro told Baldwin that he was “so offended” by Trump and “Republicans in general” in the episode which drew only 2.2 million total viewers.

“By comparison, NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ matchup between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs earned a 6.1 rating among adults 18-49, CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ — which featured an interview with the president — drew a 1.9 rating and the CW premieres of ‘Supergirl’ and the reboot of ‘Charmed’ each drew a 0.5 rating,” Fox News reported.

And inviting Kim Kardashian on for the show’s second episode on Sunday did little to save the tanking ratings. The Wrap reported that the show is not only “already in danger of cancellation,” killing it off would be a “mission of mercy.”

“If coffee is for closers only, Alec Baldwin will need to get his caffeine fix elsewhere. ‘The Alec Baldwin Show’ is a disaster. This one is surely getting fired by ABC, and it will be a mission of mercy,” The Wrap concluded.

The “I-told-you-so’s” were all over Twitter as users reacted to the ratings reports.


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