You will soon be able to watch (or rewatch) The Conners in its entirety.
The CW has acquired the rights to the Roseanne spinoff’s first five seasons — which, in a seemingly unprecedented move, will air as part of the network’s primetime lineup.
Back-to-back episodes of The Conners, starting from Season 1, will air Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c, beginning Jan. 4, where it will follow new-to-CW episodes of Son of a Critch, and lead into fellow Canadian import Children Ruin Everything (which will now air at 9:30 pm).
Our sister site Deadline notes that episodes of The Conners will also land elsewhere on the CW’s schedule — including on Sunday, Jan. 7, when a rerun will air at 9:30 pm, following a broadcast of the Jennifer Lopez rom-com The Wedding Planner.
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It was first reported in August that that Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury struck a licensing deal with Werner Entertainment to syndicate the Roseanne offshoot for the first time. Under the pact, Lionsgate’s Worldwide Television Distribution Group will oversee global distribution (which entails SVOD, AVOD, basic cable and FAST rights), while Debmar-Mercury will handle domestic syndication.
The deal includes Seasons 1-5 (consisting of 93 episodes), as well as rights to future seasons following their initial window on ABC. The Disney-owned broadcast network previously renewed the sitcom for Season 6, which guarantees the series will surpass 100 episodes.
Up until now, fans of The Conners have been unable to revisit past seasons, which disappear from Hulu and online retailers as soon as the next season begins on ABC. That makes it impossible for people to go back and start the show from the beginning, or pick up where they left off if they lost track somewhere during the series’ five-season (and counting) run.
The deal to air The Conners as part of the CW’s primetime schedule will not impede on any potential broadcast syndication deal for fall 2024, or any streaming deal inked in the coming months.
In its fifth season, The Conners averaged 5 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating (with Live+7 playback), up 6 percent in viewers and off just a tenth in the demo from its Season 4 numbers. Out of the five sitcoms that ABC aired during the 2022-23 TV season, it ranked No. 1 in total audience and trailed only Abbott Elementary in the demo.
TVLine will keep you posted once a streaming deal is confirmed. In the meantime, you can revisit all seasons of Roseanne — including the 2018 revival from which the spinoff derived — on Peacock.
Season 6 of The Conners kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8 pm on ABC. Will you make it a point to revisit past episodes on The CW — or perhaps watch them for the very first time? Let us know in Comments.
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