- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The prime-time debut of “Roseanne” was a hit on Tuesday, garnering 18.2 million viewers — the highest-rated comedy show on any network in four years, according to ABC.

The news media offered an enthusiastic response to the reboot of Roseanne Barr’s classic sitcom, which debuted in 1988 during the Reagan presidency and ran for eight years.

“Rosanne revival wins huge ratings,” said The New York Times, while Vanity Fair said the new show “completely smashed all ratings expectations.” The production — which included dialogue that was positive toward President Trump and his administration — also won praise from Deadline Hollywood, CNN, USA Today and Variety, to name a few news organizations.

Roseanne has the last laugh,” AdWeek noted.

Ms. Barr, who offered plenty of input to the show’s scripts, credited her viewers with the victory in the aftermath, offering lively accolades on her Twitter account, which has close to a half million followers.

“I am so grateful to the fans of the Roseanne show for giving it a good premiere rating. You are all wonderful — here is to making America laugh & talk again! LOVE U,” Ms. Barr tweeted on Wednesday.

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