Ratings: ‘Roseanne’ Scores Massive Audience in ABC Return

Premiere episode posts 17.7 million viewers — and a second one performs even better

Last Updated: March 29, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

“Roseanne” is back — and in a big way.

At 8 p.m., the premiere episode of the ABC comeback scored a huge 4.9 demo rating and 17.7 million viewers. A second half-hour did even better, if you can believe it, posting a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 18.6 million overall audience members.

Oh, and it made for a nice lead in to “Black-ish,” followed by the series premiere of Jenna Fischer’s new comedy “Splitting Up Together.”

As a result, the Disney-owned broadcast network crushed its competition in the key demo last night. CBS still edged ABC in primetime total viewers, however.

ABC was first in ratings with a 2.8 rating/11 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 9.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8, the premiere of the “Roseanne” revival earned a 4.9/21 and 17.7 million viewers. The second episode at 8:30 scored a 5.3/21 and 18.6 million viewers. At 9, “Black-ish” put up a 2.6/10 and 8.7 million viewers. At 9:30, the premiere of “Splitting Up Together” grabbed a 2.2/8 and 7.2 million viewers. At 10, “For the People” had a 1.1/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS and NBC tied for second in ratings with a 1.1/5.

CBS was first in viewers with 10.3 million. At 8, “NCIS” took a 1.3/5 and 11.8 million viewers. At 9, “Bull” got a 1.2/4 and 10.7 million viewers. At 10, “NCIS: New Orleans” settled for a 0.9/4 and 8.5 million viewers.

NBC was third in viewers with 6.4 million. At 8, “The Voice” grabbed a 1.6/7 and 8.9 million viewers. At 9, “Rise” managed a 0.8/3 and 4.5 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago Med” posted a 1.0/4 and 5.8 million viewers.

Fox and Univision tied for fourth in ratings with a 0.5/2.

Fox was fourth in viewers with 1.9 million. Following a repeat of “Lethal Weapon,” at 9, “LA to Vegas” settled for a 0.6/2 and 2 million viewers. At 9:30, “The Mick” took a 0.6/2 and 1.8 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in viewers with 1.5 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and seventh in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and sixth in viewers with 1.2 million. Following a repeat of “The Flash,” at 9, “Black Lighting” took a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers.