‘Roseanne’ Revival Delivers HUGE Ratings

Courtesy of Adam Rose/ABC
Roseanne returned Tuesday. The ABC sitcom, away from the air for two decades, 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 jumpstart 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.

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  1. Goes to show the mindset of blue collar America. The term ‘rustbelt’ doesn’t just refer to States hard hit by unemployment.

  2. Funny how the FAKE NEWS over at Global/CKNW is not covering this. Oh right….the RADICAL LEFT does not cover conservative news….

  3. Conservative news is the reboot of a sitcom? Meanwhile, I’ve only heard Global/CKNW reporting actual stories today.

  4. Talk about a breath of clean fresh Obama free air. Between Tim Allen and Roseanne there is some hope for Hollywood.
    You guys are quite right we arent going to hear much support for her new show on CKNDP


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