Network TV Ratings Are Tanking

Lackluster reboots are one of the culprits.

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Reboots aren’t working. Network TV ratings are tanking and viewers are abandoning traditional television for streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. According to a New York Times report, the total number of network-show viewers has nosedived 10%.

Experts point to fledgeling reboots like “Magnum P.I.” and “Murphy Brown,” which ranks 47th among entertainment programs. Both are underwhelming performers for the CBS network. With no access to streaming episodes, “Murphy Brown” was never able to attract a new audience. Even NBC’s hit series “Will & Grace” lost half of its viewers since it returned in 2017.

Over at the ABC network, “Last Man Standing,” a comedy series canceled in 2017 and starring Tim Allen, was brought back to life as well as “The Conners,” the Roseanne Barr-less reboot of the reboot of the original “Roseanne” series. Neither have performed as well as their originals.

“The Conners” is currently ABC’s biggest success – if you consider 7th place winning.

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