UPDATED 7:00 p.m. ET: According to Deadline, Roseanne has been renewed for a second season following its wildly successful debut. All cast members are expected to return for Season 2, which is reported to be 10-13 episodes long. According to the New York Times, the show's namesake star Rosanne Barr always hoped the show would have a multi-season run. “We all want to keep doing it so we just hope people like it and they watch it, and it gets renewed, you know, we all want that," she said.
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Turns out Roseanne is just as popular today as it was in the 1990s.
The return of the blue-collar family sitcom returned to TV on Tuesday night, and was welcomed with massive ratings. 18.2 million viewers tuned in, and adults 18-49 gave the show a 5.1 rating. Way to set the Barr high. (I’m sorry, I had too.) The new Roseanne is now the highest rated comedy on TV on any network since NBC’s The Big Bang Theory (2014).
As Entertainment Weekly notes, the show made ABC proud with the best results for its time slot since 2006 and taking the proverbial cake as the highest-rated show in six years among young adults. The premier also gave NBC’S wildly popular This Is Us a run for its money. The drama usually clocks a 3.0 demo rating for adults.
Roseanne even beat out Stormy Daniels 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, which is a good thing...I think? To be fair, Roseanne has kind of always cornered the market on being lovably trashy. The premier even out did itself, rating more highly than its own 1997 season finale.