The Wrap: ‘Roseanne’ Scores Massive Audience in ABC Return

“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.

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