Trump makes personal call to Roseanne after sitcom reboot draws 18.4m viewers

The Guardian – Staff & Agencies – Wed 28 Mar 2018

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Photo: Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in a scene from the reboot of TV show Roseanne. The debut episode was watched by 18.4 million people. Photograph: Adam Rose/AP

Donald Trump phoned Roseanne Barr to congratulate her after the relaunch of her self-titled sitcom drew an estimated 18.4 million viewers.

The US president also wanted to thank the TV star for her support – both the actor and the character she portrays are Trump backers.

Speaking to ABC’s Good Morning America, Barr said the call on Wednesday night was pretty exciting.

Barr said Trump congratulated her and talked about television and ratings. She said he was happy for her. “I’ve known him for many years and he’s done a lot of nice things for me over the years,” she said.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, also confirmed the call.

The updated sitcom starring Roseanne Barr returned more than two decades after the original ended its hit run. The hour-long debut episode was watched by 10% more viewers than saw the May 1997 finale of ABC’s original Roseanne.

Given the explosion of platforms and series since then and compared with other successful sitcom reboots, that figure is impressive.

NBC’s Will & Grace, for example, returned with its original 1998-2006 cast to a debut audience of 10.1 million viewers and was quickly renewed for a second and then a third season.

For its freshman year, NBC’s show is averaging 5.7 million people watching episodes on the day they air. But with the time-shifting viewership that networks are focusing on, its audience averages 9 million per episode over a seven-day period.

Another promising sign for Roseanne was the estimated audience growth from the first half-hour (18 million) to the second (18.9 million), a sign that viewers liked what they saw. Future episodes are a half-hour.

The revival had a coattail effect for the shows that followed, significantly boosting viewership for Black-ish and helping to launch new the Jenna Fischer-Oliver Hudson comedy Splitting Up Together.

Barr is back as the matriarch of the Conner family, with other returning cast mates including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson.

The family is grappling with new personal issues and political realities: Roseanne embraces Trump, her sister Jackie (Metcalf) is a staunch opponent, and they are at odds.

Barr says she thought it was important to show how the Conners deal with the same issues many American families currently face.

“It shows people’s different opinions and how they resolve them,” Barr said at the show’s New York premiere on Monday.

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PS Roseanne has created in her show exactly what is taking place in households across America since Donald Trump has become our President. Many family, friends & co-workers are at odds with their opinions about his presidency & her show creates a platform for discussion. I still admire ‘Roseanne’ even though she voted for Trump, after all, we Americans are good at letting others have their own opinions even when we don’t agree–it’s the American way. I will continue to watch ‘Roseanne’ because I enjoy it and can’t wait to see what happens next on this controversial show.

Posted by Teri Perticone

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