Roseanne premiered on ABC on March 27, and while we already knew the hype was real, we were stunned by the official numbers. 18.1 million people tuned in to see Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr) and co. return to their beloved couch, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Not only is that number pretty astounding in today's TV landscape, but it also broke a TV record. Roseanne became the highest-rated sitcom in over three years and the highest-rated scripted show since FOX's Empire.
The good news doesn't stop there, either. The hour long episode actually increased in viewers from the first half hour to the next, making it the top telecast of the night. The premiere beat out all other shows on the other major networks, including NBC, CBS, and FOX. Congrats are definitely in order for the cast of Roseanne, so clearly fans are more than happy to have them back.