Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Roseanne” Return Scores Huge 18 Million Viewers, Lifts the Rest of ABC Schedule


The return of “Roseanne” was a smash hit last night. The ABC comedy scored 18 million viewers and blew everything else on TV away.

“Roseanne” was such a hit that it lifted all the other ABC shows on last night’s schedule. You can just imagine hearing Roseanne Barr cackling in the background.

“Roseanne” handed CBS a rare loss for the night– “NCIS” and “Bull” pulled in 10 to 11 million viewers, which is usually a blockbuster combo.

Will “Roseanne” continue at that level? Probably not. But it was quite a grand slam home run for a show that hasn’t been on the air for 20 years.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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