Roseanne will be back for at least a few more episodes.
After a gigantic premiere, ABC has renewed the Roseanne revival for another season on Friday, bringing the show up to 11 seasons in total. The revival kicked off with a whopping 5.1 rating in the Adults 18-49 demo and averaged 18 million viewers, and that’s before delayed viewing numbers were factored in. After adding in a single day of delayed viewing, the ratings shot up to a 6.2 and 21.9 million viewers, making Roseanne the highest-rated premiere of the 2017-18 TV season by a long shot.
Roseanne‘s success was a mixture of many factors. It capitalized on TV nostalgia, while also bringing its unique perspective to 2018 issues. The first episodes saw the Connor family divided as Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) recreated many American Thanksgiving dinner conversations over the election. Roseanne voted for Trump while Jackie still stood staunchly in Hillary Clinton’s corner. The debate painted no villains and gave a voice to many conservative voters who haven’t felt represented on mainstream television since the election.
ABC president Channing Dungey told The Hollywood Reporter the day after the premiere that continuing the revival beyond the original nine episodes was already a discussion, though everyone involved recognized the show could not return for a full 22-episode season. It was not announced how many episodes the 11th season would consist of.
Roseanne currently airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC.