The One Original 'Roseanne' Character You Won't See In the Reboot

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'Roseanne' Reaction Mixed as Sitcom Returns

To put those deliveries in context, they mark the highest 18-to-49 turnout for an episode of an ABC comedy since the season four premiere of "Modern Family" scared up 14.4 overall million viewers and a 5.5 in the dollar demo on September 26, 2012. To put that number in perspective, NBC's Will & Grace revival - considered successful enough that it's been renewed for three seasons already - premiered to an audience of just over 10 million.

"Roseanne" also scored TV's highest rating for the 18 to 49 demo for any comedy telecast since 2014, the year that the season 8 premiere of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" held that title. Granted, neither installment can compare to the show's first season, which had an average of 23.8 million viewers.

In the show, Roseanne, played by Roseanne Barr, is at odds with her sister Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf, over President Donald Trump.

Roseanne Barr tweeted her thanks to fans Wednesday.

ROSEANNE premiered to huge ratings as it returned to TV in the United States for the first time in 21 years this week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that makes it the "highest-rated regularly-scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons, as well as the highest-rated sitcom in recent memory".

Roseanne Barr's laugh is back on TV - and from what we can tell, a big portion of the Tri-State caught up with the Conners.

Arguably the most impressive stat is that Tuesday night's episode actually topped the show's original finale 21 years ago by 10% in total viewers.

But many are hoping "Roseanne" will offer a fresher take on politics in 2018 America.

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