The numbers are in, and just like November of 2016, we discover that it’s Trump supporters for the win. Tuesday night’s highly anticipated Roseanne reboot was a smashing success, according to Yahoo, who reports that the ratings are breaking records.
The first episode in the double episode opener is reported to have drawn 17.7 million pairs of eyes and have a 4.9 rating in adults 18-49. The second episode at 8:30 PM rose even higher to 18.6 million viewers and a 5.3 in 18-49. For the 8 PM hour, Roseanne averaged a 5.1 in 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers.
To make the success even more impressive is the fact that this broadcast shows an audience that was up 10% from the May 1997 finale telecast 21 years ago and topped the viewership of the final 12 telecasts of the original run’s 1996-97 season. Despite the obviously pro-Trump main character, Roseanne scored as the highest rated show on entertainment television in 6 years among adults 18-49 and TV’s highest-rated comedy telecast on any night in 3-1/2 years– since 9/22/14. It is the top scripted telecast this season only behind the post-Super Bowl episode of This Is Us.
The question on many TV executives minds right now is no doubt “why?” Why did this simple, revamp of classic break records and bring in more viewers than the other, more politically correct re-boots (i.e. Will and Grace)? According to Breitbart News, it’s their approach to the modern day problems that families face being politically divided and the fact that they don’t shy away from showing both sides of the issue:
‘Tuesday night’s two-episode revival of Roseanne launched with the same emotional flare that made the original Conner family working-class comedy a 90s cult classic, updated for the millennial age and set in the Trump era.
After a 20-year hiatus, the magnanimous matriarch Roseanne Barr is reunited with her on-screen husband Dan (John Goodman) and the pair face new family challenges — Roseanne’s unemployed daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) has moved in with her two children, Becky, (Alicia Goranson) widowed, struggles to become a surrogate, and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) clashes with Roseanne over the election of Donald Trump.
One emotional moment manufactures a rare TV siting: a flyover state denizen offering an honest and raw, reason-based rationale for supporting Trump.
‘He talked about jobs, Jackie!’ Roseanne says to her ‘Nasty Woman’ T-shirt-clad sister, who vocally supported Hillary Clinton but walked into the booth and voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. ‘He said he’d shake things up! I mean, this might come as a complete shock to you, but we almost lost our house, the way things are going.’
Moments later, just before the family eats dinner, Roseanne says a prayer — she asks Jackie, ‘Would you like to take a knee?’ — in which she thanks God for her son D.J.’s (Michael Fishman) safe return home from his military service in Syria and ‘most of all Lord, thank you, for making America great again.’
Though the reboot is not steeped in political party politics, Roseanne admits, to the New York Times, that she wanted ‘to have that dialogue about families torn apart by the election and their political differences of opinion and how we handle it. I thought that this was an important thing to say at this time.’
Roseanne Barr told the Times, it’s about ‘How families are still struggling and what they do about it.’
‘There’s an arc in this season, and it’s the closest I’ve been to doing what I want to do,’ the 65-year-old said. ‘It’s about everything in our country. It’s about opioids and health care. How we deal with whole new issues that we didn’t even have before, like gender-fluid kids. How working class people — how and why they elected Trump.’
‘It’s an accurate portrayal of these people and people like them,’ Roseanne said of Trump voters. ‘In terms of what they think, and how they feel when they are the ones who send their kids over to fight. We’ve been in wars for a long, long time, which everybody seems to forget — but working class people don’t forget it because their kids are in it.’
The second episode, ‘Dress to Impress,’ follows Darlene’s gender fluid son Mark, who enjoys wearing girls clothing.
The episode is dominated by familiar fare: school bullies, the pain of unfulfilled like goals, and a parent’s penchant for fixing their children’s (or grandchildren’s) problems.
The cast (and the couch) is the same as the original award-winning show but the sharp punchlines still land, and family values remain real.”
Hollywood has consistently produced liberal television for our consumption and actors and actresses for our children to look up to, and America is over it. That was proven by the ratings that this anti-liberal narrative show brought with it. While it’s fully within the rights of each studio or executive to decide to produce whatever programming they feel like making, if it’s really about the money, and not about brainwashing, we should start to see a lot more conservative-inclusive content.