'Roseanne' revival renewed at ABC

ABC will be wringing more nostalgia from the surprisingly fruitful Roseanne reboot, giving a not-at-all-surprising renewal to the revived sitcom.

The next batch of episodes will again reunite original castmembers Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Alicia Goranson and Michael Fishman. Other past castmembers are expected to make infrequent visits, as they did during this latest run. There was no immediate word whether the network plans to have it ready for fall, but sources say the order has been increased from nine episodes to 13.

The wild success of Roseanne cannot be stressed enough. In a climate where TV reunions, particularly on the sitcom front, are a popular way to cut through the clutter, Barr's show did one better. Its March 27 premiere was the highest-rated scripted broadcast of the season, and the highest-rated sitcom in more than three years. The hourlong opener took a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 18.1 million viewers in one night alone. Time-shifting has already driven the episode to 21.9 million viewers and a 6.1 rating after only three days of additional viewing.

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ROSEANNE - ABC's 'Roseanne' stars Ames McNamara as Mark, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner, Jayden Rey as Mary, Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner, and Sarah Chalke as Andrea. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN, LAURIE METCALF, EMMA KENNEY, SARA GILBERT
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, JOHN GOODMAN, LAURIE METCALF, ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Eggs Over, Not Easy' - A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind, on the fourth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) LAURIE METCALF
ROSEANNE - 'Eggs Over, Not Easy' - A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind, on the fourth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON, LAURIE METCALF
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Eggs Over, Not Easy' - A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind, on the fourth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, LAURIE METCALF, ROSEANNE BARR
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Those numbers should see advertising rates climb for the upcoming return. These episodes were already able to command a strong $175,000 for 30-second spots, and the unexpectedly strong ratings will drive that number even higher.

It's a huge and much needed win for ABC. The No. 4 network, which trails the rest of the broadcasters in large part due to its lack of live sports, did not start its midseason on the most auspicious of notes. The annual Academy Awards telecast, the marquee night of ABC's calendar, hit a record low. And even though the revived American Idol has been a consistent performer, it's not lighting ratings on fire. But now the network will finish the broadcast season with TV's No. 1 new drama, previously renewed The Good Doctor, and the season's No. 1 series overall in Roseanne.

“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes," said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. "The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the Roseanne team has in store for next year." 

Both the cast and showrunner Bruce Helford went into the premiere saying that they were hoping for a second season of the revival, No. 11 for the comedy overall. "I don't know that we'd ever go to a 22-episode season," Helford told THR, stressing that a traditional broadcast season seems unlikely. "That's a lot. John and Laurie have movie careers. Everybody has things that they’re doing, so it might be hard to get 22 episodes in. But I would love to do another 10 or 12 on a yearly basis."

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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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If there are indeed longer-term prospects (and continued ratings success) for Roseanne, it could take some of the stress off the potential end of ABC flagship comedy Modern Family. The longtime network darling is renewed through the coming season. And while there has been no confirmation that No. 10 will be the show's final season, few expect it to go beyond that unless the Disney-Fox deal changes the situation.

Roseanne is produced for ABC by Carsey-Werner Productions. This new batch of episodes saw writer Whitney Cummings and actress Gilbert join Barr, Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner and Helford as executive producers.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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