Thursday, 13 December, 2018

'Roseanne' Reboot Rocks with 18 Million Viewers

Lecy Goranson Roseanne Getty Images The 'Roseanne' Reboot's Premiere Got Even Better Ratings Than the Show's 1997 Finale
| 29 March, 2018, 02:33

Roseanne was only ordered for a nine-episode revival, but an average of 18.1 million live viewers undoubedtly has ABC thinking more long-term now.

The reboot of the hit show, which stars Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, was the most-watched show on US television on Tuesday night with an audience of 18.2 million Americans.

In both categories, Roseanne was the top regularly scheduled broadcast this season, and the premiere even outpaced (by 10%) the 16.6 million recorded for its May 1997 series finale. Roseanne is supposed to portray a Trump supporter and deliver "a more varied take on Trump's America."

The only scripted show to have a bigger audience this season was the post-Super Bowl episode of NBC's "This Is Us", which brought in 26.9 million viewers - a number that benefited from a big bump from the game. It also trounced another recent popular sitcom revival, Will & Grace, which "only" pulled in a 3.0 in the demo and 10 million viewers overall. It opened with TV's highest adult 18-49 rating for any comedy telecast on any night in more than three years - since CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" season opener on September 22, 2014.


Not all TV lovers were hopping on the revival bandwagon however, as some were not looking past Roseanne Barr's support of Donald Trump in real life.

Clooney, 56, played Booker Brooks, Roseanne and Jackie's foreman (and Jackie's boyfriend) in 11 episodes when the show premiered back in 1998.

You can catch the reboot Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on 9 On Your Side.

Speaking to reporters last week at PaleyFest about the role of politics on the rebooted series, Barr said, "Hopefully it gets people talking to each other".

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