'Roseanne' revival debuts with an explosive ratings

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 29, 2018
10:02 A.M.

The premiere of the famous sitcom managed to get good ratings. Around 18 million people tuned in recently to watch the first two episodes of the reboot.


So far, Roseanne appears to be the highest rating comedy in recent years. It had its premiere on March 27, 2018, according to Pop Culture.

Entertainment Weekly said that the premiere episode of Roseanne scored a rating of 5.1 in the 18 to 49 demographic. The show managed to beat the Stormy Daniels interview on 60 Minutes at the beginning of the week.

Currently, the complete Tuesday night ratings have not been collected. But there’s a pretty good chance that no other show was able to come close to 18 million.


The comedy also topped any ratings of the regularly scheduled episode of the hit drama This is Us. In a recent interview, Roseanne Barr opened up about suffering "several nervous breakdowns" during her rise to stardom.

The 20/20 interview special titled, ‘Roseanne: The Return,’ detailed the comedienne's career. In a clip from the show, Barr revealed that when she had the breakdowns no one noticed.

"All the chemistry came back [as did] the history, and I knew that the fans would be really curious to see this family that they knew, and see what they're up to again. Why not revisit these people that were so funny and close, and had such crazy dynamics between them, and see what they're up to."

Laurie Metcalf, Pop Culture, March 28, 2018

Page Six reported that eventually, the actress did seek medical treatment for her mental health issues. She shared that she’d been hospitalized several times when she was having the breakdowns.

“Fame was difficult, too, but this time I’m like, ‘OK, I’m 65. Thank God I’ve got Social Security now so I don’t have to worry,’” the star shared.


The revival of the '90s sitcom quickly became one of the most anticipated series of 2018. The cast of the show had previously opened up about how their chemistry had come back when they reunited on set.

Michael Fishman, who plays D.J. Conner, said when he was about two pages in they all felt like everybody just fits.

John Goodman, who plays Roseanne’s husband on the show, said he felt like they had just wrapped up the show last week instead of 20 years ago. He added that the hair on his arms actually stands up.

Goodman shared that he felt like he was going to put his Boy Scouts uniform on again and it still fit.

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