The good news for ABC keeps coming as the Roseanne revival continues to gain new viewers. Last Tuesday's debut already became the biggest premiere of the 2017-18 season — success that not even ABC was expecting — and now it's gotten the biggest DVR and Hulu-enabled delayed viewing boost of all time.
Deadline reports that Roseanne's Season 10 premiere got the largest-ever Live+3 increase ever recorded by Nielsen, with 6.59 million viewers watching the sitcom during the first three days after the premiere. When added to the 18.45 million who watched the premiere Tuesday night, 25.04 million people have already watched the first episode of the anticipated revival.
The only episode of scripted television bigger than Roseanne this season so far was This Is Us' post-Super Bowl episode, which had the benefit of having TV's biggest event as a lead-in and got a 5.72 million viewer boost in Live+3. The previous Live+3 record holder was How to Get Away with Murder's series premiere in 2014, which got a 5.93 million viewer boost.
On the ratings side, the Live+3 numbers bring the Roseanne premiere's rating to 7.3 in the 18-49 demographic, up from the original 5.1.
More people watched the Roseanne Season 10 premiere than watched the original series finale in 1997, which happened when TV ratings were generally higher due less programming options and less means of time-shifted viewing. In addition, more people opted to watch Roseanne than any other of the recent network TV revivals, including Will & Grace and The X-Files. To that end, it's no surprise that Roseanne has already been renewed for Season 11 by ABC.
Roseanne airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC.