ABC’s The Connors made its debut Tuesday, much to the dismay of Roseanne Barr’s fans.
The Roseanne spin-off jumped right in post-funeral, not even giving fans a leadup to her character’s death this season.
After the show aired, Roseanne sent out a defiant tweet to her fans: “I ain’t dead, b******!!!!”
I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 17, 2018
Considering how much Roseanne has meant to the network over the years, it would have been nice to have seen the Roseanne character get a better sendoff.
Instead, she was portrayed as a recovering drug addict that fell back into her opioid addiction.
For those of you that don’t follow the show’s plot, the Roseanne character had knee surgery during the previous season, but was believed to have weaned herself off the pain medication.
However, in The Connors debut episode, the family finds out she actually died from an opioid overdose, not a post-surgery heart attack as previously thought.
Barr doesn’t seem to have approved of the plot twist, saying in a statement that the “opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”
There has been a lot of speculation about the network’s move to cut out Barr after she posted an offensive tweet in May.
Last week, an unnamed executive flat out said they did not think this move out properly before acting and terminating her.
Based on the ratings of the show’s spin-off, it sounds as though their concerns were warranted.
Compared to the debut episode of Roseanne‘s reboot last spring, it should make the network very worried.
Whereas the Roseanne premier drew a 5.2 rating, The Connors had a 2.3 rating.
In fact, Roseanne averaged a 3.5 rating, which is about three million more viewers than this debut garnered.
It is probably reasonable to assume a significant portion of the viewers were ONLY tuning in to see how they would handle the departure of Barr’s character from her own show.
If that is the case, we will not be seeing The Connors on air for very long.