The ABC comedy series “Roseanne,” which first went on the air back in 1988, made a strong comeback Tuesday night after more than 20 years off the air.
Nielsen’s preliminary Fast National data for Tuesday’s prime time, including DVR playback through 3 a.m., shows that the first of two back-to-back episodes delivered an average of 17.741 million total viewers along with a 4.9 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, The Futon Critic reports.
Those numbers just got bigger for the second episode, which averaged 18.573 million total viewers and a 5.3 demo rating.
More than half of those viewers exited the network by the time the next show, “black-ish,” came on. A fresh episode of “black-ish” retained only 8.714 million total viewers and settled for a 2.6 average rating in 18-49, leading into the premiere of “Splitting Up Together,” which averaged 7.202 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating.
Overall for prime time, ABC won the night in the 18-49 demo with a 2.8 average rating, but had to settle for second in total viewers. CBS and NBC tied for second in the demo with 1.1 averages, followed by Fox with a 0.5 and the CW at 0.3.
CBS won total viewers, averaging 10.328 million for prime time, followed by ABC with 9.898 million, NBC with 6.386 million, Fox with 1.896 million and the CW with 1.180 million.