‘Roseanne’ Revival Skyrockets With Premiere Ratings | Hollywood Reporter

The ABC comedy returns nearly three decades after its original premiere, averaging a whopping 18.1 million and a unbelievable 5.1 rating in the key demo.

Source: ‘Roseanne’ Revival Skyrockets With Premiere Ratings | Hollywood Reporter

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.Image result for roseanne ratings last 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.

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.

Image result for roseanne ratings last nightThe closest off-network competition came from NBC’s The Voice, which posted a fatigued 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 against its surprisingly strong competition. As for the rest of its own night, ABC could obviously have won Tuesday in the demo on Roseanne alone, but the comedy served as a shot in the arm for Black-ish — which more than doubled recent scores for a 2.6 rating in the key demo. Freshman premiere Splitting Up Together also fared very well, earning a 2.2 rating and 7.2 million viewers. (The good retention seemed to stop at 10 p.m, where struggling first-year drama For the People only managed to climb to a 0.9 rating in the key demo.

Reboots have been a big part of the TV narrative the last year, particularly at the broadcast networks. Will & Grace and Roseanne will be followed by Murphy Brown on CBS during the 2018-19 season, and rumblings of others (The OfficeMad About You) continue. Like Will & Grace, itself renewed through a third season of the new run, Roseanne’s comeback was inspired by the current political climate. But unlike Will & Grace, or any other scripted offering on U.S. TV at the moment, Roseanne presents a more varied take on Donald Trump’s America.Image result for roseanne ratings last night

These shows are an easy way to cut through the clutter. They promote themselves, generally inspire initial tune-in and have established cast members to do a lot of the heavy lifting — one reason why ABC was able to pull in $175,000 for 30-second ads.

For now, it seems, that might have actually been a bargain.

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