Ever since ABC announced its Roseanne revival, speculation loomed about how the beloved sitcom would be updated for 2018 - and how much creator and star Roseanne Barr's offscreen support for Donald Trump might play into it.
Is Roseanne a Trump supporter in the revival? Yes. Roseanne easily ranks as the biggest series debut this season, topping CBS' Young Sheldon (17.2 million, 3.8), which had a big lead-in from the series from which it was spun off, The Big Bang Theory.
ABC was first in ratings with a 2.8 rating/11 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 9.9 million, according to preliminary numbers.
"I am so grateful to the fans of the Roseanne show for giving it a good premiere rating".
ROSEANNE premiered to huge ratings as it returned to TV in the United States for the first time in 21 years this week.
The guest who, without hesitation, checked Williams on her own show is pro-Trump actress Roseanne Barr. So after time-shifting gets factored in, the final number of Roseanne premiere watchers is going to be well over 20 million at a time when very little cracks 20 million viewers.
Following last night's premiere, eight additional half-hour episodes will air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Broadcast TV's love affair with nostalgia is in no danger of abating, as ABC's revival of "Roseanne" put up the sort of monster ratings that are nearly impossible to come by in 2018. Instead, the series instead intelligently gave honest portrayals of the political and social conversations friends and family are constantly having today.