Thursday 13 December 2018

Roseanne TV reboot is massive hit with 18.4 viewers tuning in for series debut

Roseanne reboot, ABC
Roseanne reboot, ABC
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A whopping 18.4 million viewers tuned in for the first episode of the new series of Roseanne.

The show returned to ABC more than two decades after it wrapped in May 1997.  That final episode drew 10 per cent fewer viewers than last night's return.

Original stars Roseanne Barr (65) and John Goodman returned as the formidable matriarch and patriarch of the Conner family. 

The original series was lauded for reflecting the trials and tribulations of working class Americans and it was hugely popular throughout its nine year run.

Roseanne original cast, ABC
Roseanne original cast, ABC

This time around Roseanne is a Trump supporter and the US President reportedly called the actress to congratulate her on the first episode's impressive ratings.

The New York Times reports that Trump also thanked Barr for her support and making her character an ardent Trump supporter.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that the show did best in states where Trump is popular, with Tulsa Oklahoma reporting the highest ratings.  Trump won the state with 65.3 per cent of the vote in the election.

More people tuned in for the second half of the hour-long debut special than the first, a sign that viewers were taken with the show.

Stars Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalfe also returned for the new series.  Metcalfe plays Roseanne's sister Jackie who opposes Trump and the sisters clash over their politics.

“It shows people’s different opinions and how they resolve them,” said Barr at the show's premiere on Monday.

“I saw it happening in all the families I know, so I thought, ‘Well this is, you know, it’s good, hopefully it will get people talking to each other.’”

NBC's rival revival, Will and Grace, pulled 10.1 million viewers and will return for a second and third season. 

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