The revival of the television show “Roseanne” was a hit when it first premiered and kept growing with a record-setting 6.6 million viewers tuning in during the three days following its season premiere last week.
No other show on any other network has added that many viewers in delayed viewing. Nielsen data revealed that the new show, which took a positive view of President Donald Trump, reached a total of 25 million viewers, according to Forbes.
“Roseanne” was popular among the key 18-49 age demographic as well, racking up a “massive” 7.3 rating with that group.MSNBC/YouTube
The initial two episodes, which aired last Tuesday, were viewed by 18.1 million people, and ABC was able to price its 30-second ads at $175,000. That was 8 million more viewers than NBC’s “Will & Grace” reboot received.
The Hollywood Reporter called it “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.”
Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment’s president, said the network was “thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes.”Nick Somoski/YouTube
“The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago,” he reportedly said. “We can’t wait to see what the Roseanne team has in store for next year.”
President Donald Trump even called Roseanne and congratulated her on her new show. Roseanne herself has expressed that she likes the president:
the writer is so gracious to me, but, I do like the President
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) March 31, 2018
“We just kind of had a private conversation, but we talked about a lot of things, and he’s just happy for me,” Barr said of the conversation.
And according to Barr, politics will continue to be an issue in the show:
the next episode shows Harris (my tv granddaughter) calling me a stupid old hillbilly-watch how I handle her and her very liberal mother!
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) March 30, 2018
“The idea that people can agree to disagree is kind of missing from everything. That’s what we need to do as a country, is figure out what we don’t like, talk to each other and discuss how we’re going to get it changed or fixed,” she also said.
“I really hope it opens up civil conversation between people instead of just mudslinging.”