The premiere of the Roseanne revival scored massive ratings, despite controversy

29 March, 2018, 02:28 | Author: Ann Santiago
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She's back. The revival of the 90's sitcom "Roseanne" returned to ABC on Tuesday night, achieving ratings that are widely considered spectacular.

The news media offered an enthusiastic response to the reboot of Roseanne Barr's classic sitcom, which debuted in 1988 during the Reagan presidency and ran for eight years. It scored the highest rating for a comedy since The Big Bang Theory's 2014 fall premiere.

"Roseanne" pulled in a high number of viewers in the 18-49 demographic important to advertisers.

Roseanne's premiere ratings are as big, bold and brassy as the series and its star.

"Roseanne" delivered ABC's best results in the one-hour time period since November 2006 in viewers and since November 2009 in young adults.

CBS had the most viewers in later time slots: "Bull" with 10.7 million viewers and "NCIS: New Orleans" with 8.5 million.

Emma Kenney John Goodman Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert on ‘Roseanne.’ Adam Rose ABC

Arguably the most impressive stat is that Tuesday night's episode actually topped the show's original finale 21 years ago by 10% in total viewers.

Roseanne, who voted Trump, has said she wants the revival, in which she is now a grandmother who voted for U.S. President Donald Trump, to portray a United States in which half the voters chose Trump in the 2016 election.

Mic did not see Barr's original tweet, but other users' responses to it are still up.

"I don't like talking about husbands, right Wendy", she asked before rolling her eyes and smiling.

The return of "Roseanne" was met with reactions of cheers and jeers on social media as the back-to-back return episodes sought to answer lingering questions from when the show ended on ABC in 1997, TV Guide reported.

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