‘Roseanne’ comeback snagged more viewers than 1997 finale – and shattered other ratings records

“Roseanne” just shocked the world, scoring enormous numbers with its Tuesday night return after a two-decade hiatus. An hour’s worth of Roseanne Barr’s rebooted ABC sitcom averaged a 5.1 rating/21 share among adults 18-49 and 18.2 million total viewers.

Yeah, those are gigantic numbers. But just how big? Well, for starters, they’re more than double what even ABC was projecting.

In fact, last night’s overall audience tally was actually 10 percent better than the 16.6 million viewers the original 1997 series finale hauled in. It’s actually bigger than the final 12 episodes from that ’97 run.

The “Roseanne” return marked Tuesday’s highest-rated entertainment telecast in six years (so, not counting sports or news). It was the best demo number for any sitcom on any night since September 2014.

In terms of ABC’s record books, the “Roseanne” comeback delivered the Disney-owned network its largest overall audience for the one-hour time period since November 2006, and the best demo rating since November 2009.

Isolating only scripted fare, “Roseanne” was ABC’s most-watched show since a 2008 “Desperate Housewives” season premiere and the network’s highest rated since a “Modern Family” season premiere in 2012.

ABC, led by its old/new monster hit,  just had its top Tuesday with regular series programming since September 24, 2013.

Yeah, we’d say this one was a success.

Read how helpful “Roseanne” was as a lead-in for last night’s other ABC shows, and just how badly the sitcom pummeled its Tuesday broadcast competition here.

The next shot TV viewers will get at a new “Roseanne” episode is next Tuesday at 8/7c.

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 24: ROSEANNE - 'The Monday Thru Friday Show' - Season One - 1/24/89, Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan (John Goodman) disagree about where to spend a romantic 15th anniversary; Darlene (Sara Gilbert, top left) found her paper route more than she could handle; Becky (Lecy Goranson, top center) refused to dissect a frog in biology class. Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) and Michael Fishman (D.J.) also starred., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 19: ROSEANNE - 'Radio Days' 11/29/88 Sara Gilbert, Alicia Goranson, Roseanne Bar, Michael Fishman, John Goodman (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 26: ROSEANNE - 'The Memory Game' 12/13/88 Roseanne Barr, John Goodman (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 08: ROSEANNE - gallery - Season Two - 9/8/89, Pictured, from left: Lecy Goranson (Becky), Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Michael Fishman (D.J.), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 29: ROSEANNE - 'Radio Days' - Season One - 11/29/88, A songwriting contest unleashes creativity in Dan and Roseanne. Pictured: Michael Fishman (D.J.), Lecy Goranson (Becky), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 06: ROSEANNE - 'Lovers' Lane' - Season One - 12/6/88, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) had a salacious bet on the line with Booker (George Clooney) on bowling night., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Pretty in Black' which aired on October 13, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 03: ROSEANNE - 'Dan's Birthday Bash' - Season One - 1/3/89, Becky (Lecy Goranson), Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) prepared a birthday breakfast for Dan., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do' which aired on February 18, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR;JOHN GOODMAN
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 31: ROSEANNE - 'Bridge Over Troubled Sonny' - Season One - 1/31/89, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf, left) helped Crystal struggle with her husband's death; and Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) struggles with the secret she knows about Sonny, that she wants to tell Crystal. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 16: ROSEANNE- 'Like, a New Job' 10/9/90 Sara Gilbert (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: ROSEANNE- 'The Monday Thru Friday Show' 1/24/89 Roseanne Barr, John Goodman (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 02: ROSEANNE - 'Let's Call It Quits' - Season One - 5/2/89, Roseanne (Roseanne Barr, center) had difficulty accepting new rules from a tough new supervisor at the factory. Natalie West (Crystal) and Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) also star., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 11: ROSEANNE - 'Death and Stuff' - Season One - 4/11/89, A door-to-door saleman dropped dead in Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan's (John Goodman) kitchen., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: ROSEANNE- 'Like, a Virgin' 10/2/90 Matt Norero, Sara Gilbert (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 03: ROSEANNE - 'Somebody Stole My Gal' - Season Two - 10/3/89, A lonely architect attempts to buy Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan's (John Goodman) friendship with extravagant gifts., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'The Mommy's Curse' which aired on September 21, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHNNY GALECKI;MICHAEL FISHMAN
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 15: ROSEANNE- 'D-I-V-O-R-C-E' 11/1/88 Roseanne Barr, Michael Fishman (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 06: ROSEANNE - 'Lovers' Lane' - Season One - 12/6/88, Bowling night found a different activity for Roseanne (Roseanne Barr), Becky (Lecy Goranson), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), D.J. (Michael Fishman) and Dan (John Goodman) to engage at the bowling alley. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 28: ROSEANNE - 'Dan's Birthday Bash' 1/3/89 Alicia Goranson, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 19: ROSEANNE - 'Sleeper' - Season Seven - 10/19/94, Michael Fishman (D.J.) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. 'Roseanne' is the story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 18: ROSEANNE - 'The Test' - Season Three - 9/18/90, Dan (John Goodman), Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and D.J. (Michael Fishman) were on pins and needles when Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) thought that she was pregnant again., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 07: ROSEANNE - 'Scenes from a Barbecue' - Season Three - 5/7/91, Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Shelley Winters (Nana) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. 'Roseanne' is the story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Terms of Estrangement' which aired on September 15, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) GLENN QUINN
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 13: ROSEANNE - 'The Memory Game' - Season One - 12/13/88, Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Lecy Goranson (Becky), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Terms of Estrangement' which aired on September 15, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALICIA LECY GORANSON;ROSEANNE BARR;JOHN GOODMAN
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: ROSEANNE - 'The Dark Ages' - Season Five - 9/29/92, Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. Dan and Roseanne look at Darlene in a new light after David spends the night., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
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