Ratings data on Wednesday showed that the premiere of the rebooted series starring original cast members Roseanne Barr and John Goodman was the most-watched show on US television on Tuesday night with an audience of 18.2 million Americans.
During a chat with Howard Stern yesterday about the new iteration of her beloved ABC sitcom, Roseanne Barr revealed that she asked George Clooney if he'd come back - but the A-lister turned her down. It scored the highest rating for a comedy since The Big Bang Theory's 2014 fall premiere.
The 8 PM first episode of the Roseanne revival premiere drew a massive 17.7 million viewers and a 4.9 rating in adults 18-49.
Roseanne was only ordered for a nine-episode revival, but an average of 18.1 million live viewers undoubedtly has ABC thinking more long-term now. Will and Grace grabbed nearly 11 million viewers in its return debut before averaging about half of that for the remainder of the season.More news: All-new RAV4 drops diesel
The revival of the TV sitcom "Roseanne" caused quite a stir when star and creator Roseanne Barr first announced her character would be a Donald Trump supporter.
"I am so grateful to the fans of the Roseanne show for giving it a good premiere rating".
Isolating only scripted fare, "Roseanne" was ABC's most-watched show since a 2008 "Desperate Housewives" season premiere and the network's highest rated since a "Modern Family" season premiere in 2012. "You are all wonderful - here is to making America laugh & talk again! LOVE U", Ms. Barr tweeted on Wednesday. Instead, the series instead intelligently gave honest portrayals of the political and social conversations friends and family are constantly having today.