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ABC Is Having a Moment, As Nostalgia for ‘Roseanne’ and ‘American Idol’ Pays Off — Ratings Watch

The Alphabet network won the week by landing ten of the week's top 25 shows among adults 18-49. Live+3 TV ratings charts for the week ending April 1, 2018.

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. (ABC/Robert Trachtenberg)

“Roseanne”

ABC/Robert Trachtenberg

ABC ended the week of April 1 as the No. 1 network among adults 18-49, and it’s not hard to see why: “Roseanne” dominated over all, and just got bigger when time-shifted results came in. The show averaged a 7.3 rating among adults 18-49 after three days of DVR and VOD usage, which then bumped up to an 8.1 rating after seven days usage.

According to ABC, the “Roseanne” premiere pulled of the largest-ever Total Viewer Live + 7 increase for any single telecast on any network, adding 8.81 million viewers over its same-day tally. That gives it an average of 27.3 million total viewers after seven days of delayed viewing.

A few more stats from ABC:

— “With lifts of +8.81 million viewers and +2.9 rating points, ‘Roseanne’ delivered the largest playback gains for any single telecast of the season so far in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, topping the L+7 increases of NBC’s post-Super Bowl broadcast of ‘This is Us’ (+6.45 million and +2.3 rating points).”

— “‘Roseanne’ opened with TV’s biggest numbers for any comedy telecast on any night in over 4 years with Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 – since Fox’s Super Bowl-led ‘New Girl’ on 2/2/14.”

— “‘Roseanne’ delivered Tuesday’s top entertainment telecast in more than eight years in total viewers and in seven years with adults 18-49 – since Fox’s ‘American Idol’ on 2/9/10 and 3/1/11, respectively.”

— “‘Roseanne’ stands as the season’s No. 1 premiere in Live + 7 with adults 18-49, as well as the No. 1 series telecast on any network on any night this season, excluding only the post-Super Bowl episode of ‘This Is Us.'”

But ABC’s solid performance for the week ending April 1 also came from a Tuesday night halo effect that helped boost “Black-ish” and newcomer “Splitting Up Together.” The network also had the finale of “The Good Doctor,” and ABC’s two editions of “American Idol” are also performing decently for ABC. If the show wasn’t so expensive for the network, it would probably be deemed an even bigger success for ABC.

As a result, ABC scored ten slots on the top 25 ranker of adults 18-49 shows for the week ending April 1. Also helping its cause: An even playing field. While ABC faces three rivals with lucrative football deals in the fall, it’s this time of year — now that the Olympics are over, and the Super Bowl long gone — where ABC can finally enjoy a sports-free zone on its competitors. That’s particularly true this year, with the NCAA March Madness Final Four games on TBS instead of CBS.

In other ratings news, NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” earned mostly critical praise, and did quite well for the network, averaging 10.6 million viewers.

Over on Xfinity’s ranker of top video on-demand shows last week, “Roseanne” also scored high, premiering at No. 1.

Here are this week’s rankers:

Adults 18-49 ranker, week ending April 1, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

RATING

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

RATING

1

Roseanne ABC

7.3

5.2

2

The Walking Dead AMC

4.1

2.6

3

The Big Bang Theory CBS

 3.7

2.5

4

NCAA Basketball: Villanova vs. Kansas TBS

3.3

3.3

5

Black-ish ABC

3.0

2.6

6

The Good Doctor ABC

2.9

1.7

7

Grey’s Anatomy ABC

2.8

1.8

tie

Young Sheldon CBS

2.8

2.0

9

Splitting Up Together ABC

2.7

2.1

10

Empire Fox

2.6

2.0

11

The Voice (Monday) NBC 

2.5

2.0

12

Modern Family ABC

2.3

1.4

13

Survivor CBS

2.2

1.7

14

American Idol (Sunday) ABC

2.1

1.6

15

American Idol (Monday) ABC

2.0

1.7

tie

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC

2.0

1.7

17

The Goldbergs ABC

1.9

1.4

tie

NCIS CBS

1.9

1.5

tie

Jesus Christ Superstar Live NBC

1.9

1.7

20

Star Fox

1.8

1.5

tie

Criminal Minds CBS

1.8

1.1

tie

Mom CBS

1.8

1.4

tie

Chicago Fire NBC

1.8

1.0

24

Station 19 ABC

1.7

1.2

tie

Chicago Med NBC

1.7

1.0

Adults 18-49; ratings points. Source: Nielsen Media Research
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT -- Season: 2018 -- Pictured: (l-r) center: Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, John Legend as Jesus Christ, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas Iscariot, Jason Tam as Peter, front: Alice Cooper as King Herod, with ensemble cast -- (Photo by: James Dimmock/NBC)

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live” 

James Dimmock/NBC

Total viewers ranker, week ending April 1, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

Roseanne ABC

25.04

18.45

2

The Big Bang Theory CBS

16.87

13.27

3

NCIS CBS 

 15.19

11.94

4

Young Sheldon CBS

14.86

11.92

5

The Good Doctor ABC 

 14.62

9.52

6

Bull CBS 

13.33

10.65

7

The Voice (Monday) NBC

12.06

10.51

8

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

11.84

8.53

9

Blue Bloods CBS

11.82

8.44

10

NCAA Basketball: Villanova vs. Kansas TBS

10.78

10.72

11

Jesus Christ Superstar Live NBC

10.57

9.61

12

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC

10.47

9.02

13

Mom CBS 

10.28

8.56

 14

Hawaii Five-0 CBS

10.24

7.80

15

Survivor CBS

9.77

8.41

16

Grey’s Anatomy ABC

9.92

8.16

17

Black-ish ABC

9.80

7.15

18

NCIS: Los Angeles CBS

9.70

8.59

19

Criminal Minds CBS

9.45

7.13

20

The Walking Dead AMC

9.38

6.60

21

American Idol (Monday) ABC

9.29

6.31

22

American Idol (Sunday) ABC 

9.14

7.81

23

Seal Team CBS 

8.90

7.48

24

Chicago Med NBC 

8.84

6.48

25

60 Minutes CBS

8.73

8.34

Total viewers; in millions. Source: Nielsen Media Research

Here is this week’s Xfinity On Demand ranker:

Top 20 TV Series, March 26-April 1, 2018:

RANK

SHOW

NETWORK

1

Roseanne

ABC

2

The Good Doctor

ABC

3

This Is Us

 NBC

4

Game of Thrones

HBO

5

Homeland

 Showtime

6

The Simpsons

Fox

7

Billions

 Showtime

8

The Walking Dead

AMC

9

The Voice

NBC

10

The Terror

AMC

11

The Resident

Fox

12

Station 19

ABC

13

Family Guy

Fox/Adult Swim

14

Good Girls

NBC

15

Empire

Fox

16

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

17

 9-1-1

Fox

18

Grey’s Anatomy

ABC

19

The Alienist

TNT

20

Grown-ish

Freeform

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