In a win for network television in the US the revival of Roseanne has debuted with a whopping 18.2m viewers.
That puts it ahead of Young Sheldon on 17.2 million and Will & Grace‘s return on 10.2 million viewers. Variety notes it drew “a staggering 5.1 rating in adults 18-49.”
Given Roseanne Barr is a supporter of Donald Trump, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey was asked if the bumper figures were a result of nostalgia or politics?
“It was a combination of both. When you have a show that was as beloved as Roseanne was during its run, the Conner family was a family that audiences were really anxious to reconnect with after all this time and see how they’re doing. It’s like welcoming old friends back. There certainly was a big part of that from the nostalgia end of it,” she said.
“We were hopeful about this going in and it has borne out, given the current political climate, there’s a hunger for this kind of conversation. When you look at the back and forth that takes place in the pilot between Rosanne and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), there are a lot of living rooms around the country that look and sound very much like that. The opportunity for that dialogue to happen against a comedic backdrop was very welcome.”
Nine episodes of the reboot are coming, with ABC yet to confirm any more.
TEN is promoting the series as coming soon but is yet to announce a date.