Piers Morgan Attributes ‘Roseanne’ Ratings Success to ‘Enduring Power of Trump’

18 million viewers tuned in to ABC’s revival of the classic sitcom

Last Updated: March 28, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

Piers Morgan linked the ratings success of both the Stormy Daniels interview on “60 Minutes” and the premiere of ABC’s “Roseanne” revival to the “enduring power of Trump” in a tweet on Wednesday.

“Roseanne” returned for a 10th season on Tuesday night with the revelation that the central character is a Donald Trump supporter (like Roseanne Barr herself). More than 18 million viewers tuned in to the episode, which saw the character labeled a “deplorable” by her Jill Stein-supporting sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf).

That was just two days after “60 Minutes” scored its highest ratings in nearly a decade when 22 million people watched Anderson Cooper’s sit-down with Stormy Daniels, in which the former porn actress detailed her alleged affair with Trump.

CNN’s Brian Stelter called the back-to-back ratings successes as a “big moment for broadcast” in a tweet on Wednesday, citing the broad reach of the two programs as a demonstration of “the enduring power of TV.”

Sharing the observation with his followers, Morgan made explicit the implication in Stelter’s tweet: “Or rather, the enduring power of TRUMP on TV,” he wrote.

Morgan followed up with an even more pointed tweet calling out “all the screaming Trump-hating liberals.”

“So Roseanne, a Trump supporter on & off screen, delivers stupendous ratings in the rebooted series,” Morgan wrote. “A message there, methinks, for all the screaming Trump-hating liberals: not everyone in America thinks like you…”


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