By The Blaze. . .After nearly three decades since its last show, Roseanne opened to an incredible 18.1 million audience average, and 5.1 rating in the key demographic of adults aged 18 to 49.
The Hollywood Reporter said the ratings made it the “highest-rated regularly scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons.”
Roseanne Barr tweeted a grateful message to her fans on Wednesday.
“I am so greatful to the fans of the Roseanne show for giving it a good Premiere rating. You are all wonderful-here is to making America laugh & talk again! LOVE U” she tweeted . . .
I am so greatful to the fans of the Roseanne show for giving it a good Premiere rating. You are all wonderful-here is to making America laugh & talk again! LOVE U
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) March 28, 2018
Pundits noted that the new show featured the main character with very pro-Trump leanings. Some attributed the high ratings at least in part to the support of the president by the title character. (Read more from “Did Americans Love Roseanne’s Pro-Trump Revival? Here’s What the Ratings Say” HERE)
TV Ratings: ‘Roseanne’ Revival Skyrockets With Stunning Premiere
By The Hollywood Reporter. The ABC comedy returns nearly three decades after its original premiere, averaging a whopping 18.1 million and an unbelievable 5.1 rating in the key demo.
Roseanne returned Tuesday after two decades. The ABC sitcom kicked off its revived run with especially promising returns — dominating every other Big Four telecast of the night.
The first two episodes of Roseanne, a full hour at the top of the ABC lineup, won the night by both adults 18-49 and total viewers. The show averaged a 5.1 rating in the key demo and 18.1 million viewers, rising from the first half hour to the next. The first number alone is enough to make Roseanne the highest-rated regularly scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons, since Empire at its peak, as well as the highest-rated sitcom broadcast in over three years.
That’s an incredibly strong start for the sitcom, thus far only committed to nine episodes. The easiest comparison is another revival, NBC’s Will & Grace. The other reboot, one that helped jump-start Roseanne and the current trend, premiered with a 3.0 rating in the key demo and just over 10 million viewers at the start of the season.
ABC made a pretty bold move by having Roseanne go it alone at 8 p.m., without any lead-in. The hour has belonged to sitcoms The Middle and Fresh Off the Boat for the season up until now. Roseanne’s brief run picks up next Tuesday, airing single episodes at 8 p.m. for another seven weeks. (Read more from “TV Ratings: ‘Roseanne’ Revival Skyrockets With Stunning Premiere” HERE)