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Roseanne revival remains strong in second week

Roseanne revival remains strong in second week

Reboot success also means “Last Man Standing” will be resurrected.

Last week, I noted the epic ratings that the comedy series Roseanne received after its revival with the lead actress and her character both being supporters of President Trump.

Everyone agreed that the following week’s viewership would be key to determining the true success of the program. It seems that the second week was strong.

ABC’s Roseanne revival settled in last night with a slice-of-life episode focused on parenting after last week’s headline-grabbing premiere tackled President Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the election. The ratings took the inevitable dip but remained impressive — 15.4 million viewers and a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+same day at 8 PM last night. Vs. the 8-8:30 PM part of the double premiere episode last week (17.7 million, 4.9/21), Roseanne retained 87% of the audience and 80% of the adults 18-49 rating. It was once again the top program of the night by a mile in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

. . . .  Last night’s Roseanne posted the highest Adult 18-49 rating for any non-premiere comedy telecast in more than two years, since the 12/17/15 episode of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

Legal Insurrection readers will recall my disdain for actress Debra Messing after her anti-Trump advertisement in the wake of the 2016 election trying to undo the results. Messing’s revived Will & Grace comedy show had substantially less initial viewers for its first show, and dropped off over 30% in its second week.

Interestingly, the comparisons between the two shows were such that the producers of Will & Grace had to make a statement that they weren’t envious of Roseanne.

“There’s not one part of us that’s jealous of anyone else’s success,” Mutchnick said. “And the more that sitcoms do better on network television, the better for us. That’s about as much of a line as we can draw to meeting our own needs. We love the idea that sitcoms are being made and that they do well. That’s only a good thing.”

Another sign of the Roseanne reboot’s success is the dripping scorn being heaped on it by elite television critics. This chestnut from Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press is a good example:

Will you be watching “Roseanne” next week? After seeing the first three episodes of the ABC reboot, I’ll be taking a pass from now on.

For TV comedy with working-class realism, I still think ABC’s “The Middle” and NBC’s “Superstore” do a much better job. Also, like some viewers, I’ve been disappointed by the reboot’s lack of relevance and bite.

Perhaps it isn’t relevant in the media’s bubble, but plenty of people thought Roseanne’s approach to handling a special snowflake was excellent.

Perhaps the best news for those of us who like comedy without a side of social justice virtue signalling is that Tim Allen’s cancelled show, Last Man Standing, will soon be back on TV. Not only is WGN going to run existing episodes, but Fox is looking to bring back the comedy that was unexpectedly dropped by ABC.

According to TMZ, FOX is reportedly considering a reboot of Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.” The show was canceled last year following rumors that it had to do with Allen’s conservative-leaning beliefs.

…In addition to “Last Man Standing,” the show most likely to be revived is “How I Met Your Dad.”

FOX is also reportedly considering reboots of “That 70’s Show” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”

Last Man Standing was my go-to shows for laughter after a long week of science and politics. Given the extreme news cycle I cover as part of the Legal Insurrection team, I would be grateful for its return.


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Finally! I was getting tired of the cornucopia of liberal thought control, and mourned the loss of Tim Allen’s show. Maybe a bit more of this can help stem the tide of brain dead, unconstitutional political “correctness.”

For the record, I would have taken that brat and flushed her head. Maybe twice, just for emphasis.

Skeptical. Democrats think they fool everyone all the time. I expect sometime for a message to come out, “now that we’ve figured out where the Dems have gone wroing, we can fix it and go back”.

Bring back “Last Man Standing” instead.

Henry Hawkins | April 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Since DVDs and internet streaming have made me completely intolerant of interruptive network TV commercials, I’ll stick to reruns of The Andy Griffith Show. As soon as the opening credits and whistling start, my heart rate goes down and peace falls upon me. *sigh*

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Soooooo Wish Roseanne would have Lindsay Shepherd on her new TV show.

Catch how she describes Leftists as having no “humor” – only wanting to make everyone miserable.

Lindsay Shepherd

From dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn the world of the Left is in perpetual crisis. It is a world of climate catasthrophe, a world in misery, violence out of control needing another “first step” legislation or ban to ease the burden. There is no time for humor, only time for direct action.

The glass isn’t half full or half empty… the major concern is whether the glass is leaded.

Humor lightens the spirit and that cannot be allowed to happen. There was the Great Depression brought on by economics. Now the Progs want an Eternal Depression to match their morose personalities.

“Cheer up, Brian. You know what they say: some things in life are bad. They can really make you mad. Other things just make you swear and curse. When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble; give a whistle, and this’ll help things turn out for the best. And… always look on the bright side of life..”

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to alaskabob. | April 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    So true.

    RE: “the Left is in perpetual crisis” – that’s how all Dictatorships keep their populations in slavery.

I only discovered Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ in reruns 2 years ago on the Hallmark channel after the wife got done with her Christmas romcom estrogen fest, er, I mean ‘Count Down to Christmas’ movie binge watching.

‘Last’ was the wittiest, insightful, entertaining, and funny show I’d seen in decades. We made a point to watch the reruns & also enjoy the current ‘Last’ episodes on ABC – then it was cancelled. I just knew it would be shopped around to other networks to keep it on cable or air. Then it wasn’t. Now, it is. Better late than never.

As for Roseanne, I never watched it the 1st time around. Too pedestrian, I guess. And that Messing woman? People were talking about ‘will & grace’ and I’d ask Will & Grace who? I never heard of her or her retread show until she squeezed out a political turd last year.

These SJWs need to save all the crap until the emmygrammyoscar coterie when no one is watching.

I remember once my teenage son decided he didn’t want to obey his mother. Honestly, I was sympathetic, but I was damned if he was going to disobey his mother. I took him to his room and told him to pack, because the next day we would go to the courthouse and file a petition for him to be an emancipated minor. I said he was welcome to come visit, but if he was going to live in my house he was going to obey his mother. That ended that nonsense.

He is now grown, married and has two wonderful children. One day I asked my grandson to stop doing something. My grandson kept doing it. My now grown son grabbed him by the arm, firmly told him that when grandpa says to stop he is to stop. He placed my grandson in the corner with his nose to the wall. After a few minutes my grandson was told to apologize to grandpa. Which he did. One of the proudest moments of my life.

Good form. I still think back to when I was 16 at how stupid my parents were. But by the time I hit 25, they had imperceptibly grown into the smartest and wisest people I had ever known.

I still can’t figure that one out. Maybe they spent their nights at a Holiday Inn Express while I was away at college.

“the Left is in perpetual crisis”

O’Rourke termed them “the Perpetually Indignant”

Back in 1991. Parliament of Whores. Good book.

1991. Perpetual indeed.

Perennially Indignant, not perpetual. Damn autocorrect…