Roseanne’s Support of President Trump Dominate TV Ratings
The return of “Roseanne” dominated TV ratings Tuesday, with the revived sitcom averaging 18.1-M viewers and a 5.1 rating in the Key demo, according to THR.
The back-to-back return episodes drew cheers and jeers on social media as it sought to answer lingering questions from when the show ended on ABC in 1997, TV Guide reported.
Roseanne, played by the star Roseanne Barr, is a supporter of US President Donald Trump; viewers learn that the death of husband Dan in the show’s final episode in Y 1997 was all just a bad dream; and that Mark, who was played by the late Glenn Quinn in the previous series, has died on the show as well, TV Guide wrote.
Ms. Barr, a Trump supporter in real life, took comical digs at former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the show while her sister Jackie, played by recent Oscar nominee Laurie Metcalf, took on President Trump, the magazine wrote.
“Roseanne” ran for 9 seasons on ABC from Y’s 1988 to 1997, and Ms. Barr won Golden Globe and Emmy awards for her performances. The series takes up where the fictional working-class family left off 20 years later.
The Hollywood Reporter called “Roseanne’s” ratings “unbelievable” and compared them with the revival of NBC’s “Will & Grace,” which premiered with just over 10-M viewers and a 3.0 rating in the Key demo.
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