ABC has wasted no time securing a second season of its “new” hit comedy.
The broadcaster announced Friday that it has renewed “Roseanne” for what it’s calling the show’s 11th season. The move comes just three days after the multi-cam revival starring Roseanne Barr debuted to massive ratings that shocked the industry and observers and drove national news.
“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes,” ABC president Channing Dungey. “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.”
Returning to TV this week 21 years after ending its initial nine-season run on ABC, “Roseanne” averaged a 5.1 rating and 18.2 million viewers over an hour with back-to-back episodes. Those numbers out-distanced the ratings for the original season series finale in 1997. They also were the best for any scripted broadcast program this season — with the exception of the episode of NBC’s “This Is Us” that immediately followed the Super Bowl. “Roseanne” well outperformed other freshman comedy debuts this season. NBC’s revival of “Will & Grace” drew a 3.0 and 10.2 million viewers for its premiere, while the launch of “Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” drew a 3.8 and 17.2 million viewers.
Produced by Carsey-Werner Television, “Roseanne” reunites the original cast of the long-running sitcom about a working class Illinois family, including Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalf. Executive producers are Barr, Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings, and Tony Hernandez.
The success of the premiere prompted strong responses on both sides of the country’s political divide, fueled Barr’s personal politics and her decision to portray her matriarchal character as a supporter of President Donald Trump — in contrast to her character’s Hillary Clinton-supporting sister, played by Metcalf. Barr said this week that Trump called to congratulate her on the ratings.
Speaking at a rally Thursday, Trump told supporters, “Look at her ratings! Look at her ratings!” He added, “They were unbelievable. Over 18 million people. And it was about us! They haven’t figured it out yet; the fake news hasn’t quite figured it out yet. They have not figured it out. So that was great.”