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‘Roseanne’ Premiere Earns High Ratings and a Season 11 Renewal

Published on March 31st, 2018 | Updated on March 31st, 2018 | By FanFest

Just days after its record-breaking revival season premiere, ABC announced that Roseanne has been renewed for an 11th season.

The series’ premiered on the network after a 20-year hiatus to astronomical ratings and reviews. According to a press release from ABC, “With just one day of Nielsen’s delayed viewing counted, the return of “Roseanne” saw its Total Viewer count swell by a best of the season for any premiere telecast of over +3.4 million viewers to a 21.869 million average audience.  In addition, after the first day of playback, Roseanne shot up to a 6.24 rating in Adults 18-49, adding more than 1.0 rating point and over 20% to its Adult 18-49 Live + Same Day number.”

Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment said of the renewal, “We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the ‘Roseanne’ team has in store for next year.”

Ahead of the 10th season premiere, we exclusively spoke with Michael Fishman who plays D.J. Conner on the series.  He had some words of wisdom for audiences both old and new preparing to watch the series.  He said:

[row]”People should come with an open mind. Bring your kids and your family, because I think it’s one of the few shows that everybody can watch and laugh about together. Don’t be surprised if we push your buttons a little bit, and if ideas get challenged. The show will definitely do what it’s always done which is push boundaries and start conversations.”[/row]

In addition to Fishman, the Roseanne revival reunited original cast members Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) and Sara Gilbert (Darlene), and Lecy Goranson (Becky).  Sarah Chalke, who also played the role of Becky in the later season, will appear on the series as Andrea, a woman who hires Becky (Goranson) to serve as her surrogate.

In addition to Galecki and the returning main cast, Estelle Parsons (Beverly Harris), Sandra Bernhard (Nancy Bartlett), Natalie West (Crystal Anderson) and more are set to reprise their guest roles as well.

Roseanne airs Tuesday nights at 8 PM EST – the same timeslot the original series ran in through the final two and a half seasons.  Check out our spoiler-free advance review of the current season HERE.

Did you watch the Roseanne premiere? What did you think of the first two episodes?  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


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