Twenty years after the show wrapped, Roseanne Barr's "Roseanne" made a big return to ABC on Tuesday night, pulling in 18.2 million viewers. For comparison, NBC’s revival of "Will & Grace", which kicked off on March 15th after 11 years off screen, drew 10.2 million viewers. Meanwhile, the launch of "Big Bang Theory" prequel "Young Sheldon" pulled in 17.2 million.
The only scripted show this season to outperform "Roseanne" was the post-Super Bowl episode of “This Is Us”, which drew 26.97 million viewers.
The show took a lot of heat on social media because of Roseanne’s support of President Trump.
Other lightning rod topics referenced in the reboot included 'fake news,' the NFL take-a-knee protests originated by Colin Kaepernick, and Roseanne's character thanking the lord for 'Making America great again' in a pre-dinner blessing.
Source: Daily Mail