When ABC’s reboot of “Roseanne” premiered last month, the show decimated others competing in similar time slots.
“Roseanne” had been off the air for nearly 20 years but returned as a rousing success. It even managed to beat out CBS’s exclusive interview with former porn star and Trump accuser Stormy Daniels. The March 27 premiere reported early ratings of 18.5 million million viewers with a 5.1 rating among adults aged 18-49. (RELATED: You Won’t Believe The Monster Ratings The ‘Roseanne’ Premiere Got)
But today, Variety is reporting even better ratings than previously expected. The delayed ratings have officially clocked in at 27.3 million viewers. That bumped the premiere up by 8.8 million viewers, which is pretty remarkable. The show also indicated a late ratings increase to 8.1 among adults aged 18-49, which is certainly a significant boost from the previously reported 5.1.
Many are attributing the show’s success to its different political slant. “Roseanne” is one of the only shows on television that features a Trump-supporting protagonist.
“It’s just realistic,” Roseanne said of the original show concept. “I have always … attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working class people. And, in fact, it was working class people that elected Trump so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed.”
Whatever the reason for “Roseanne’s” success, there’s no doubt it’s on the upward trend. The viewers of America have spoken. Let’s hope ABC is listening.
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