After being off the air for two decades, ABC released a rebooted pro-Trump version of Roseanne. The ratings are officially in.
The first two episodes on Tuesday reeled in a 5.1 rating in the key demo, with 18.1 million viewers. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, this makes Roseanne "highest-rated regularly-scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons, as well as the highest-rated sitcom in recent memory.”
The launch of this show was so hyped that it allowed ABC to sell 30-second ads for $175,000.
NBC did a similar relaunch with Will & Grace. For comparison's sake, their premier did a 3.0 rating in the key demographic which means a little over 10 million viewers. If you're keeping score that means 8 million less viewers than "Roseanne."
Leading up to the show's relaunch, Roseanne Barr has defended President Trump. Most recently she did this on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
During the exchange between Barr and Kimmel, he tried to uncover her as being "very liberal." Barr fired back, "I'm still the same, you all moved! You all went so f***ing so far out, you lost everyone!"
Watch the video:
Check out the responses on Twitter:
I am so greatful to the fans of the Roseanne show for giving it a good Premiere rating. You are all wonderful-here is to making America laugh & talk again! LOVE U
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) March 28, 2018
— 🇺🇸 SKY45 🇺🇸 /̵͇̿̿/’̿’̿ ̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿ ̿ (@SKYRIDER4538) March 29, 2018
— Magic Mike ⓧ (@MagicMike) March 29, 2018
Massive ratings for new @therealroseanne show in which she plays a blue collar pro-#Trump protagonist has #Hollywood scratching its head--and one can only hope reevaluating itself:#TeaParty #TrumpTrain #RoseanneBarr #RoseanneOnABC #RoseanneReturns #Roseanne https://t.co/JsGNzkmKBb
— Michael Johns (@michaeljohns) March 29, 2018
Roseanne Barr is extremely smart. She gets middle America, which is a trait liberal coastal elites do not have. There is a market for this, 50% of America. And when there is only one out of ten shows hitting that point, the ratings are going to rock!
— Shanna Rich (@RichShanna) March 29, 2018
It's said to be a "foregone conclusion" that the show will be renewed for a second season. Add Roseanne to the list of shows that came back for a revival after being dormant for a long-time. This one took a very different approach than the ones before them.