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‘Roseanne’ Breaks More Records

Joe Simonson on April 2, 2018

The “Roseanne” reboot continued breaking new records days after its premiere, with its total viewership now hitting 25 million after accounting for delayed viewing.

The CBS comedy reboot also hit a staggering 7.3 Nielsen rating in the key 18-49 age demo and replaces the ABC 2014 revival of “How to Get Away With Murder” in total three-day playback ratings.

The new numbers add to the massive success the show saw during its premiere last week, which saw 18.45 million live viewers.

Analysts expect the show’s numbers to grow even larger once Hulu and ABC online streaming is accounted for, which could add several million more eyeballs to the count.

The show has seen considerable success in so-called middle-America demographics, causing some to wonder if networks will pivot away from critical coverage of President Donald Trump.

Many viewers enjoy the show’s honest depiction of middle-class family issues.  Sara Gilbert, who pays Darlene on the show, said the focus of the show is really about families, in an interview with “Watch What Happens Live.”

“The show is not about politics. It’s not about anyone’s position or a policy, it’s really about what happens to a family when there’s a political divide, which is something that I think the entire country can relate to and something we need to talk about,” she said. “So, with our show, it’s never about ‘doing an issue’ or ‘doing politics,’ it’s ‘how do these things affect a family unit?”

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