"The Conners" premiered to solid ratings Tuesday night, but failed to achieve the same success as the "Roseanne" reboot had earlier this year.
The "Roseanne" spinoff, now without star Roseanne Barr, debuted to 10.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 – a key demographic.
That's far lower than the "Roseanne" reboot premiere in March, which got more than 18 million viewers and a 5.1 rating for the 18-49 age range. However, viewership shrunk afterwards, and the season ended with 10.3 million viewers and a 2.4 rating, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Barr was dismissed from the reboot of the ABC show with her namesake after posting an offensive tweet over the summer.
She tweeted that former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett was a mixture between the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes." Barr insists that she did not know Jarrett was African-American and did not intend to be racist, claiming she was on Ambien when she tweeted.
The network hoped to solve the issue of her dismissal and the public’s desire for a show that portrayed a politically divisive family unit in middle America with a spinoff without the star.
Barr's character is revealed to have died from an opioid overdose in the premiere of "The Conners."
John Goodman, who is the the widower to Barr's character, said Barr is “missed” on set and he feels “weird” doing the show without his “buddy.”
“She gave up a lot so that people could work,” Goodman said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," referring to Barr giving up the rights to financial and creative involvement in the series to ABC in a settlement.