Roseanne' reboot opens big with about 18 million viewers

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During the two premiere episodes, viewers quickly got resolution to Dan's "death", met Roseanne's and Dan's grandchildren, including "gender creative" grandson Mark, and found out how the show introduced the two Beckys to each other. 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. News. And these Season 10 ratings don't even include DVR and time-shifting figures!

The comedy, which has been off the air since 1997, settled comfortably back in on ABC with original stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Johnny Galecki.

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The pro-Trump comedian made national headlines last week during a fiery appearance on late-night television; telling host Jimmy Kimmel to "zip that f***ing lip" after his repeated attacks on President Trump. It opened with TV's highest adult 18-49 rating for any comedy telecast on any night in more than three years - since CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" season opener on September 22, 2014.

ABC News reports that 18.2 million viewers watched the first half hour episode, and 18.6 million viewers watched the second half hour episode.

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"I am so grateful 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!"

Roseanne's brief run picks up next Tuesday, airing single episodes at 8 p.m. for another seven weeks.

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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.