Thursday TV Ratings 4/11/24: Station 19 Drops for 100th Episode, 9-1-1 Stable In the Lead, SVU Hits Another Series Low (Final Ratings)

Analysis to come.

The Talk to End in December After Fifteen-Season Run

In a rare shakeup to the networks' daytime lineup, CBS has announced that their long-running afternoon chat show The Talk will end in December 2024, after fifteen seasons. The show first premiered in 2010, after soap opera As the World Turns was canceled following a run of more than fifty years. In the years since, the show has been a reliable fixture of CBS's daytime lineup. Trouble seemed to be brewing for the show after reports that CBS was developing a new hour-long soap opera, The Gates. The show had been one of the lower-rated shows on daytime TV, consistently placing outside of the top ten in the daytime broadcast ratings, and trailing similar panel talk shows such as ABC's The View. Over the years, The Talk has featured hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler and Carrie Ann Inaba as regular panelists, with  Sheryl Underwood (the show's longest-running host), Natalie Morales, Jerry O'Connell, Amanda Loots and Akbar Gbajabiamila making up the show's current panel.

Sunday Cable Ratings 4/7/24: Curb Your Enthusiasm Jumps for Series Finale, When Calls the Heart Returns Down, Parish Drops

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Sunday, 3/24/24. Items of note include the series finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, Parish on AMC, and the season premiere of When Calls the Heart on Hallmark.

(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Our House Season 6 Finale - Our London

Our House Season 6, Episode 22
Our London

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 14: Lopez vs. Ratings + NBC Renew/Cancel March Madness Championship

This week on the NBC Renew/Cancel, further developments weaken one show's argument for renewal. Plus, it's the championship match of the NBC Renew/Cancel March Madness!

Wednesday TV Ratings 4/10/24: The Conners Slips for 100th Episode, Survivor Also Drops, The Masked Singer Hits Season High (Final Ratings)

Analysis to come.

SWAT Un-Canceled, Renewed for Season 8 by CBS

SWAT has defied death once again. The Friday night procedural, which was canceled last May after six seasons before CBS granted it a reprieve and handed it a seventh, will no longer end with the seventh season, as had previously been announced. CBS has ordered an eighth season of the series, following negotiations with Sony that only began earlier this week. The series was recently added to Netflix, where it has performed well. It has also been a strong performer on CBS, averaging 0.39 in the key 18-49 demo and beating several other drama series on CBS, including FBI: International, So Help Me Todd, and NCIS: Hawai'i. Shemar Moore leads the cast of the series, which also features Jay Harrington, David Lim, and Patrick St. Esprit in starring roles. The eighth season is said to be for a full, twenty-two episode season.

Saturday Cable Ratings 4/6/24: March Madness Jumps Again, Blind Date Book Club Strong on Hallmark

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Saturday, 4/6/24. Items of note include March Madness on TBS and TruTV, AEW: Collision on TNT, and Blind Date Book Club on Hallmark.

(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in red to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 4/9/24: The Cleaning Lady and Alert Sink to Embarrassing New Lows, Lopez vs Lopez and Will Trent Also Drop, FBIs Rise (Final Ratings)

Analysis to come.

Friday Cable Ratings 4/5/24: Women’s College Basketball Hits Another All-Time High with UConn/Iowa Game, Monsters At Work Premieres Very Low, Drag Race Slips

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Friday, 4/5/24. Items of note include RuPaul's Drag Race on MTV, NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on ESPN, and the season premiere of Monsters at Work on Disney.

(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in purple or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Monday TV Ratings 4/8/24: NCISVerse: The First 1000 Special OK, American Idol Leads, The Voice Stable (Final Ratings)

Analysis to come.

FBI Franchise, NCIS, The Neighborhood Renewed by CBS; FBI Renewed for Three Seasons

The Ratings Junkie Tuesday, April 09, 2024


Sunday TV Ratings 4/7/24: CMT Awards Slightly Down from 2023, American Idol Drops Again, The Simpsons Rises (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: CBS's broadcast of the 2024 CMT Music Awards (0.68) topped the night in the Adults 18-49 demographic and was only down by two-hundredths from the 2023 ceremony (0.70). Earlier in the night, 60 Minutes (0.36, -1.05) did not have a large sports lead-in to lift it up, so it crashed back down to normal levels. America's Funniest Home Videos (0.58, +0.12) shot up on ABC, but the momentum stopped there as both American Idol (0.45, -0.10) and What Would You Do? (0.18, -0.08) collapsed. Fox was up with The Simpsons (0.20, +0.03), Krapopolis (0.15, +0.02), and The Great North (0.14, +0.02), but Grimsburg (0.10, -0.01) lost a hundredth. NBC aired repeats of Weakest Link (0.21), The Voice (0.15), and Dateline (0.16). The CW went with comedy film 13 Going on 30 (0.04).

Saturday TV Ratings 4/6/24: Saturday Night Live Jumps with Host Kristen Wiig, UFL Leads Pitiful Primetime Lineup (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: NBC's Saturday Night Live (0.82, +0.21) was up by two-tenths for its Kristen Wigg-hosted episode and was easily the top-rated program of the night. Reruns of The Wall (0.13), Weakest Link (0.12), and SNL itself (0.16) made up the peacock network's prime time lineup. ABC had a modest UFL game (0.18), but it was still over 4x bigger than Fox's abysmal MLS Soccer broadcast (0.04). The CW was only a hundredth lower than Fox with a rerun of I Am Paul Walker (0.03). On CBS, 48 Hours (0.15, -0.07) crashed to a new season low.

Marietta Season 6 Finale - She’s Running

Marietta Season 6, Episode 24

She's Running

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 7: ABC Will Keep the Conner Family Together + ABC Renew/Cancel March Madness Championship Game

Numerous shows on ABC were granted renewals in the past week, leaving just three shows awaiting pickups for next season. We take a look at The Conners this week, as the veteran comedy remains in limbo ahead of a potential seventh season. Plus, it's the championship game of the ABC Renew/Cancel March Madness Tournament! 

Our House Season 6 Episode 21 - Our Boat

Our House Season 6, Episode 21
Our Boat

Friday TV Ratings 4/5/24: WWE SmackDown Jumps, SWAT and Shark Tank Slip (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: With March Madness out of the way, Fox's WWE Smackdown (0.77, +0.17) returned to Friday night dominance. The wrestling series was up dramatically, almost rising by two full tenths, and more than doubled its nearest competitor in the Adults 18-49 demographic. On ABC, Shark Tank (0.29, -0.03) and 20/20 (0.23, -0.07) were down from their last originals. SWAT (0.33, -0.03), Fire Country (0.38, -0.01), and Blue Bloods (0.32, -0.04) also dropped on CBS. Dateline (0.27, +0.06), on the other hand, was up markedly on NBC. Penn & Teller (0.06, -0.01) shed a hundredth on the CW and was followed by a pilot encore of Sight Unseen (0.03). 

Thursday Cable Ratings 4/4/24: NBA Leads the Night, Gutfeld! Tops Cable News

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Thursday, 4/4/24. Items of note include NBA on TNT, Jersey Shore Family Vacation on MTV, and Gutfeld! on Fox News.

(Note: Click the names of the shows written in purple or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

CBS Renew/Cancel Week 29: Elsbeth The Latest Headache For NBCUniversal + S.W.A.T. & Tracker Face Off In Renew/Cancel March Madness Championship

The Ratings Junkie Sunday, April 07, 2024


FOX Renew/Cancel Week 24: Farmer Wants A Wife But Can’t Get Nielsen’s Blessings + FOX March Madness Voting Concludes


Predictions for 04/06/24

Photo Credit: FOX

Below are the Week 24 renew/cancel predictions for the Fox network in the 2023-24 television season. The numbers listed in the table mark the Nielsen rating low, average, and high for each respective program in the Adults 18-49 demographic. The "Y2Y (year-to-year) Change" column denotes how much the series has risen or fallen when compared to its average from the previous season. Scripted and reality are represented in their own separate charts.



Farmer Wants a Wife: The most recent episode of Farmer Wants a Wife posted a 0.20 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic and was a hundredth higher than it was the week prior. Though that may seem mildly encouraging, it was still a full tenth lower than its Next Level Chef lead-in (0.30). Now that the dust has settled, it appears that Farmer has stabilized in the 0.19-0.21 range. The only problem is that almost everything else in Fox's reality toolbox can perform better than this. Farmer Wants a Wife is currently #14 out of 16 unscripted offerings, only outrating cheap TMZ filler and battered veteran So You Think You Can Dance. The irony is that these ratings would probably be enough for a scripted series to survive on Fox, but the network is doing good enough in terms of unscripted programming that they do not need to keep this one around. As a result, Farmer Wants a Wife remains Likely to be Canceled

Alert: Missing Persons Unit: Alert: Missing Persons Unit grew to a 0.17 rating on Tuesday, April 2nd and built on its Cleaning Lady lead-in (0.15). Though it is always a little impressive when a series improves on its lead-in, a 0.17 is still a 0.17. There is no way to spin things to make a rating like this look solid on a network outside of the CW. Alert is still Likely to be Canceled.

Fox Renew/Cancel March Madness Continues!

Our NCAA-style "March Madness" bracket tournament for Fox will be wrapping up with one final round of voting. Last week, the final four faced off in the semifinals. In the battle between two animation staples, it was Family Guy that beat out The Simpsons in a race that was not quite as close as one would expect. Family Guy took home nearly 60% of the vote, while Simpsons was chosen by a little more than 40% of participants. In the other match, Bob's Burgers completely annihilated The Cleaning Lady. The Belcher family received 82% of the vote, while Cleaning Lady took in a measly 18%. For the final match, it is down to Bob's Burgers and Family Guy. Please vote below!

Note: Though we appreciate everyone who voted, the data depicted in the bracket represents the voting that took place during the one-week span between columns. This is being done for the sake of moving the tournament forward.

Wednesday Cable Ratings 4/3/24: American Horror Story Returns with New Series Low, Resident Alien Ends On Season High, Hannity Leads Cable News

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Wednesday, 4/3/24. Items of note include the season finale of Resident Alien on Syfy, the midseason premiere of American Horror Story: Delicate on FX, and Top Chef on Bravo.

(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

January/February/March 2024 Multiplatform Ratings Database: Updated with Premieres of 9-1-1, Station 19, Abbott Elementary, More

The Ratings Junkie Sunday, April 07, 2024


Tuesday Cable Ratings 4/2/24: Shogun Slips, NBA Easily Leads, Gutfeld! Tops Cable News

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Tuesday, 4/2/24. Items of note include Shogun on FX, Vanderpump Rules on Bravo, and NBA on TNT.

(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Monday Cable Ratings 4/1/24: Iowa/LSU Game Sets All-Time Record for Women’s College Basketball, WWE Raw Rises, Gutfeld! Tops Cable News

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Monday, 4/1/24. Items of note include Spring Baking Championship on Food Network, WWE Raw on USA, and the 2024 Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament on ESPN.

(Note: Click any show with its name in yellow or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Quantum Leap Canceled by NBC

Quantum Leap is leaping off of NBC's schedule. The sci-fi drama, a reboot of the 1989 Scott Bakula series of the same name, has been canceled after two seasons. It premiered in fall 2022, and posted mediocre retention of The Voice and AGT: Al-Stars, going as low as 0.26. Despite that, it was still given an early renewal, which allowed it to produce its second season early enough to get on the air for fall 2023, making it one of the few scripted originals airing during a season that was rocked by the SAG and WGA strikes. The ratings for the last season, however, were a marked decline from the first season, even as the show moved to an 8 PM slot. By January, it was moved to Tuesdays at 10, where it stabilized at a weak 0.18 that sealed its fate. Raymond Lee, Ernie Hudson, Caitlin Bennett and Mason Alexander Park starred in the series. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide.

Thursday TV Ratings 4/4/24: Elsbeth Returns Up After Break, 9-1-1 Rises for 100th Episode, Grey’s Anatomy Also Rebounds (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: After taking a month off the air, CBS drama Elsbeth (0.34, +0.05) returned up from its premiere at 9 and tied its February debut (0.29) for the episode that aired at 10. Earlier in the night, Young Sheldon (0.42, -0.09) dropped to a new series low, while Ghosts (0.45, -0.05) declined less than Sheldon. 9-1-1 (0.59, +0.02) was up for its 100th episode on ABC, as were Grey's (0.46, +0.07) and Station 19 (0.33, +0.04). Next Level Chef (0.30, +0.04) and Farmer Wants a Wife (0.20, +0.01) grew on Fox. NBC's Law & Order trio (0.24/0.23/0.16) remained in rerun mode. Son of a Critch (0.07, +0.03) left a decent final impression for its CW finale.

Sunday Cable Ratings 3/31/24: Parish Has a Decent Premiere, The Way Home and The Ones Who Live Rise for Finales, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Regime Stable

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Sunday, 3/31/24. Items of note include the series premiere of Parish on AMC, Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, and the season finale of The Way Home on Hallmark.

(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 13: Lopez vs. NBC + NBC Renew/Cancel March Madness Final Four

This week on the NBC Renew/Cancel, we finally take a look at NBC's final premiere of the season, Lopez vs Lopez, which kicked off season two on Tuesday. Keep reading to see my initial prediction for it. Plus, the NBC Renew/Cancel March Madness reaches the Final Four!

Wednesday TV Ratings 4/3/24: Walker Returns Down, Survivor Jumps, Chicago PD Builds on Chicago Fire (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: On season premiere night, CW drama Walker (0.06) was a hundredth lower than the last time it aired (0.07) and led into the series debut of Sight Unseen (0.05). Over on CBS, Survivor (0.80, +0.10) picked up a tenth, while The Amazing Race (0.36, +0.01) gained a hundredth. Chicago Med (0.46, +0.02) improved on NBC, but Chicago Fire (0.42, -0.06) and PD (0.43, -0.04) slipped. The Masked Singer (0.40, -0.03) dropped on Fox and was followed by reruns of Animal Control (0.14) and Family Guy (0.11). ABC re-ran The Conners (0.25), Not Dead Yet (0.15), Abbott Elementary (0.15), and The $100,000 Pyramid (0.15/0.19).

Saturday Cable Ratings 3/30/24: March Madness Soars, An Easter Bloom Solid for Hallmark

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Saturday, 3/30/24. Items of note include March Madness on TBS and TruTV, AEW: Collision on TNT, and An Easter Bloom on Hallmark.

(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in red to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 4/2/24: Lopez vs Lopez and Weakest Link Have OK Returns, Will Trent Hits Series High, FBIs Also Rise (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: NBC's Lopez vs Lopez (0.29/0.26) was only a hundredth lower than last week's Night Court finale (0.30) in the first-half of its season premiere and outpaced the week-ago Extended Family finale (0.25) at 8:30. This performance was ultimately on-par with what the sitcom was doing on Fridays in its first season, as it averaged a 0.28 last year. At 9, Weakest Link (0.27) grew slightly from the second episode of Lopez, while Password (0.25, -0.04) dropped without The Voice to help it out. On ABC, Will Trent (0.40, +0.06) soared to a new series high after slipping last week. The Rookie (0.36, +0.09) also surged in the 9 p.m. hour, while The Good Doctor (0.22, +0.01) picked up a hundredth. CBS's FBI (0.49, +0.04) increased, as did International (0.35, +0.02) and Most Wanted (0.38, +0.05). The Cleaning Lady (0.15, -0.01) slipped to yet another series low on Fox, but Alert (0.17, +0.02) recovered a bit. Crime Nation (0.05, -0.02) declined on the CW.

Will Trent Renewed by ABC

ABC is on a roll with renewals, handing a renewal to its third drama this week. This time, it's Tuesday leadoff Will Trent, the sophomore show starring Ramon Rodriguez as its titular character. The show displayed potential in a tough 10 PM slot last season behind the now-canceled Rookie: Feds, and got a huge timeslot upgrade. Though its ratings didn't grow much from its 10 PM performance last year, it's still managed to keep ABC competitive in the hour, and has regularly rated as ABC's top Tuesday performer in the 18-49 demo. Erika Christensen, Jake McLaughlin and Sonja Sohn also star in the series alongside Rodriguez. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide.

Friday Cable Ratings 3/29/24: March Madness and Drag Race Rise, BMF Drops, The Five Tops Cable News

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Friday, 3/29/24. Items of note include RuPaul's Drag Race on MTV, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on TBS and TruTV, and Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in purple or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Monday TV Ratings 4/1/24: iHeartRadio Music Awards Down from 2023, All American Returns Up, American Idol Back Down (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: Fox's broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Awards (0.30) was 14% lower than last year's ceremony (0.35) in the Adults 18-49 demographic and shed 22% in terms of total viewership (1.48 million vs. 2023's 1.89 million). On ABC, American Idol (0.39) was way down from yesterday's episode (0.55) for its first Monday broadcast of the season. Idol was followed by the debut of The Interrogation Tapes (0.23). Deal or No Deal Island (0.25, -0.01) lost a hundredth on NBC but fully retained the Voice clip show (0.25) that led into it. The Neighborhood (0.42, -0.07) dropped on CBS, but Bob Hearts Abishola (0.36, +0.01) ticked up. In the back-half of the night, NCIS (0.38, +0.02) and NCIS: Hawai'i (0.32, +0.02) were up by two-hundredths apiece. On the CW, All American (0.11) returned with a rating that was slightly higher than its May 2023 finale (0.09), but the good news ended there as Lovers and Liars (0.04) bombed on series premiere night.

Grey’s Anatomy Renewed by ABC

Mere hours after the renewal of its fellow Thursday night drama, ABC has also handed a renewal to Grey's Anatomy. The medical drama will return for a twenty-first season, its second full season without original star Ellen Pompeo in its principal cast. The show has seen ratings declines over the years, but remains a top performer for ABC, rating as their #3 scripted show in the L+SD metric, with a 0.47 average. It's also a top performer for the network in streaming, rating as a top money earner for Disney thanks to its streaming and international deals. James Pickens Jr, Chandra Wilson, Kevin McKidd, Caterina Scorsone, Kim Raver and Camilla Luddington are among the series' large ensemble cast. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide.

9-1-1 Renewed for Season 8

There's no emergency for 9-1-1 - ABC has renewed the first responder drama for an eighth season, just three episodes into its seventh season. It's the first season of the series to air on ABC, which rescued the series - which is owned by parent company Disney - after it was canceled by Fox. The series currently rates as ABC's #1 scripted series with an excellent 0.56 average, down just 7% from its sixth season average on Fox. 9-1-1 has always been among broadcast's highest-rated shows since its debut, and also boasts a strong streaming performance, with its season seven premiere drawing over 10 million viewers and a 2.26 18-49 demo rating in MP+7 metric, improving on previous time slot occupant Station 19's year-ago performances. Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kenneth Choi are mong the stars of the series. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide.

Sunday TV Ratings 3/31/24: The Equalizer Soars to Season High Thanks to March Madness Boost, American Idol Jumps, NASCAR Strong (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: A massive March Madness lead-in (3.90) propelled CBS's 60 Minutes (1.41, +0.66) and The Equalizer (0.63, +0.16) to new season highs. Tracker (0.54, 0.00), meanwhile, was steady with last week's episode even though it didn't have the direct 60 Minutes lead-in like it did on the 24th. In the 10 p.m. hour, CSI: Vegas (0.27) was in repeat mode. ABC was up with America's Funniest Home Videos (0.46, +0.05) and What Would You Do? (0.26, +0.03), but it was American Idol (0.55, +0.17) that had the most notable surge. Fox's NASCAR broadcast (0.52) served as a massive improvement over their usual cartoon lineup. NBC re-ran The Voice (0.12) and Dateline (0.25). The CW aired Easter-themed movie Hop (0.07).

Saturday TV Ratings 3/30/24: The Ten Commandments Rises from 2023, Saturday Night Live Drops, MLB Leads Primetime (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: ABC's annual broadcast of The Ten Commandments (0.34) was the third-highest rated program of the evening and was up by 25% when compared to 2023's showing (0.27). Though the alphabet network put up a good fight, it was Fox's MLB: Regional Coverage (0.56) that topped prime time in the Adults 18-49 demographic. NBC's Saturday Night Live (0.61, -0.10) lost a tenth for its Ramy Youssef-hosted episode but still outrated all prime time offerings. CBS's 48 Hours (0.22, 0.00) matched its last original. The CW aired I Am Chris Farley (0.05). 

Marietta Season 6 Episode 23 - Presidential Visit

Marietta Season 6, Episode 23

Presidential Visit

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 6: The Rookie Has Become an Aged Veteran + ABC Renew/Cancel March Madness Final Four

Today may be April Fools Day, but this week's ABC Renew/Cancel is no joke! Keep on reading for more thoughts on. ABC's Tuesday night lineup, as voting in the ABC Renew/Cancel March Madness Tournament continues!

Jeff Probst to Star in NCIS: Fiji

Iconic Survivor host Jeff Probst is getting into the acting game for CBS, joining the latest offshoot in the network's ever-expanding NCIS franchise, as the network looks to capitalize on Survivor's impressive ratings resilience. The series will film in Survivor's now-permanent filming location of Fiji during Survivor's off-season, and will aptly be titled NCIS: Fiji. Probst has been looking for ways to fill some of the time he on his hands ever since CBS's highest-rated series cut its filming period from 39 days for 26 days. In a cost-cutting measure, NCIS: Fiji will film on many of the same sets used by Survivor. NCIS: Fiji will center on Probst as a veteran member of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service who is tasked with heading the agency's latest unit in the islands of Fiji. While CBS was unsure of how realistic it would be for a branch of the NCIS to investigate crimes taking place in Fiji, they ultimately decided that the premise was no more nonsensical than NCIS: Sydney. CBS is said to be looking at a 16 to 18 episode order for NCIS: Fiji, set to premiere in late 2024. Survivor legend Boston Rob Mariano will star alongside Probst in a supporting role.

In addition to this NCIS offshoot, CBS has also ordered a new Survivor spinoff, also to be hosted by Probst. The series will feature celebrities playing America's most iconic reality-competition show, and is titled Celebrity Survivor: Martha's Vineyard. In the series, twelve celebrities will travel to the tough terrain of Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts, where they will brave the harsh conditions for ten days of tough competition while roughing it on the island's cheapest bed & breakfast. Celebrity Survivor: Martha's Vineyard is due to premiere in midseason 2025.

Friday TV Ratings 3/29/24: March Madness and WWE SmackDown Slip, Totally Funny Animals Up (Final Ratings w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: On CBS, March Madness coverage (1.42/1.90) was down from Thursday's broadcast (1.54/2.06) but up from last Friday (1.09/1.52). Fox's WWE Smackdown (0.60, -0.01) shed a hundredth and remained in second. NBC's Dateline rerun (0.26) was a tier above ABC's 20/20 encore (0.20). The dynamic was flipped in the 8 p.m. hour as ABC's Shark Tank repeat (0.25) trumped the peacock network's Deal or No Deal Island encore (0.16). Totally Funny Animals (0.05, +0.02) and Totally Funny Kids (0.04, +0.01) grew on the CW, while Penn & Teller held flat at 0.07.

Rosie is Back! And The Conners Cancelled. But There Is a Catch

In May 2018, ABC cancelled Roseanne due to the title star went on a racist rant.  And following Roseanne Barr's firing and the controversial continuation via The Conners featuring the rest of the cast, fans have been polarized after the character Roseanne Conner was killed off.  ABC appears to have decided to change course and revive Roseanne, bringing the character back from the dead.  In order to facilitate this, The Conners is toast, ending in May.  And in its place, ABC shall revive Roseanne for an 11th season.

But there's a change coming.  Instead of Barr, another Rosie shall step into Rosie Conner's shoes.  Meet Rosie O'Donnell, who is recast in the role.  Joining O'Donnell is series alumni John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Alicia Goranson and Sandra Bernhard.  Notably absent is Sara Gilbert as showrunners are seeking to distinguish this reboot as Darlene and her family monopolized the majority of screen time on The Conners.

Playing into a familiar trope with the series, Roseanne Conner awakens from a terrible nightmare she's been dead for 6 years with hoards of irritating relatives invading her household.  Dan remarks "what's up with your voice?" to which she remarks "too many told me it sounds like nails on a chalkboard."  Roseanne elaborates after she passed, all the kids swarmed the house with chaos and Dan married Peg Bundy.  Dan corrects her and tells her after their financial troubles, their professor daughter, Becky, bought it and let them stay there.  They work at Jackie's restaurant, and all is well in Lanford.  

Are you excited for Roseanne's return?  It is moving home to its familiar timeslot at 8:00 on Tuesday, September 31.