The numbers don’t lie, and the numbers are saying that “Roseanne” once again ruled prime-time television on Tuesday night even despite the double-digit rating decline after the first show, reports The Wrap.
Episode 3 of the new “Roseanne” received a 3.4 rating/15 share in the key adults 18-49 demographic, and posted 13.5 million total viewers. Those strong Nielsen numbers are down 12.8 percent and 10.6 percent, respectively, from the prior week.
With its hit sitcom, ABC again finished No. 1 in primetime averages in the key demo. CBS topped Tuesday’s overall audience tallies when counting all three hours from 8-11 p.m.
Over on Fox, the final season of “New Girl” premiered with a thud, bringing in just a 0.7/3 and 2 million viewers.
ABC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 5.9 million, according to preliminary numbers.
Following “Roseanne,” 8:30’s “The Middle” put up a 1.9/8 and 7.5 million viewers. At 9, “Black-ish” had a 1.4/5 and 5.1 million viewers. “Splitting Up Together” at 9:30 got a 1.2/4 and 4.2 million viewers. At 10, “For the People” struggled to a 0.6/3 and 2.7 million viewers.
NBC was second in ratings with a 1.1/4 and in viewers with 6.2 million. “The Voice” at 8 landed a 1.3/5 and 7.7 million viewers. At 9, “Rise” received a 0.8/3 and 4.5 million viewers. “Chicago Med” at 10 closed primetime to a 1.1/5 and 6.4 million viewers.
“Roseanne” the reboot became an instant success after word had spread that Roseanne Barr, who is a Trump supporter in real life, would play a Trump supporter on the show as well. The show voices the concerns and ideas of middle/ lower class Americans who voted for Trump or have conservative views, which is something sorely missing in Hollywood and on prime-time sitcoms.