The return of “Roseanne” was huge the night it aired and predictably gained a lot from delayed viewing. In fact, it set or tied a couple of records for after-air catchup.

The show’s premiere gained 8.61 million total viewers after seven days, the most on record for any telecast. (Nielsen’s DVR tracking goes back about a dozen years). It breaks the previous mark of 7.9 million set by the series debut of “The Good Doctor.”

“Roseanne” also added 2.9 points to its 18-49 rating, tied for the biggest seven-day gain ever. That’s happened twice before — for “The Big Bang Theory” in December 2015 and “Modern Family” in November 2011.

Here are the broadcast Live +7 rankings for the week of March 26-April 1. They include only first-run series and specials, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 ROSEANNE – P ABC 5.2 8.1 2.9 56%
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 2.5 4.2 1.7 68%
3 THE GOOD DOCTOR – F ABC 1.7 3.3 1.6 94%
4 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 1.8 3.2 1.4 78%
5 YOUNG SHELDON CBS 2.0 3.2 1.2 60%
MODERN FAMILY ABC 1.4 2.6 1.2 86%
7 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.0 2.1 1.1 110%
8 WILL & GRACE NBC 0.9 1.9 1.0 111%
9 EMPIRE FOX 2.0 2.9 0.9 45%
CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 1.1 2.0 0.9 82%
CHICAGO MED NBC 1.0 1.9 0.9 90%
SCANDAL ABC 0.8 1.7 0.9 113%
SWAT CBS 0.8 1.7 0.9 113%
14 SPLITTING UP TOGETHER – P ABC 2.1 2.9 0.8 38%
SURVIVOR CBS 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
NCIS CBS 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
STATION 19 ABC 1.2 2.0 0.8 67%
SEAL TEAM CBS 0.9 1.7 0.8 89%
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 0.9 1.7 0.8 89%
BLUE BLOODS CBS 0.9 1.7 0.8 89%
21 BULL CBS 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
THE RESIDENT FOX 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
FAMILY GUY FOX 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
SCORPION CBS 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 0.7 1.4 0.7 100%

 

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 RIVERDALE CW 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
2 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
3 SCANDAL ABC 0.8 1.7 0.9 113%
4 SWAT CBS 0.8 1.7 0.9 113%
5 WILL & GRACE NBC 0.9 1.9 1.0 111%
6 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.0 2.1 1.1 110%
7 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 0.7 1.4 0.7 100%
ARROW CW 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
TAKEN NBC 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
IZOMBIE CW 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
LIFE SENTENCE CW 0.1 0.2 0.1 100%
12 THE GOOD DOCTOR – F ABC 1.7 3.3 1.6 94%
13 CHICAGO MED NBC 1.0 1.9 0.9 90%
14 SEAL TEAM CBS 0.9 1.7 0.8 89%
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 0.9 1.7 0.8 89%
BLUE BLOODS CBS 0.9 1.7 0.8 89%
17 SCORPION CBS 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
18 MODERN FAMILY ABC 1.4 2.6 1.2 86%
GOTHAM FOX 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
SUPERNATURAL CW 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
21 LA TO VEGAS FOX 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
BLINDSPOT NBC 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
23 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 1.1 2.0 0.9 82%
24 MADAM SECRETARY CBS 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
BLACK LIGHTNING CW 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%


Viewers – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 ROSEANNE – P ABC 18451 27263 8812 48%
2 THE GOOD DOCTOR – F ABC 9522 15846 6324 66%
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 13268 18167 4899 37%
4 NCIS CBS 11944 16295 4351 36%
5 BLUE BLOODS CBS 8435 12663 4228 50%
6 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 8530 12719 4189 49%
7 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 5423 9538 4115 76%
8 YOUNG SHELDON CBS 11916 15977 4061 34%
9 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 3797 7791 3994 105%
10 CHICAGO MED NBC 5808 9742 3934 68%
11 BULL CBS 10652 14458 3806 36%
12 SWAT CBS 5266 9049 3783 72%
13 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 6584 10125 3541 54%
14 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 7154 10656 3502 49%
15 SEAL TEAM CBS 6477 9692 3215 50%
16 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 7801 10877 3076 39%
17 SCORPION CBS 4907 7942 3035 62%
18 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 7125 10086 2961 42%
19 MODERN FAMILY ABC 5432 8377 2945 54%
20 THE RESIDENT FOX 4209 7105 2896 69%
21 MADAM SECRETARY CBS 5752 8626 2874 50%
22 WILL & GRACE NBC 3726 6458 2732 73%
23 STATION 19 ABC 5859 8559 2700 46%
24 SCANDAL ABC 3715 6364 2649 71%
25 EMPIRE FOX 6220 8663 2443 39%

 

Viewers – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 3797 7791 3994 105%
2 RIVERDALE CW 962 1869 907 94%
3 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 1878 3492 1614 86%
4 ARROW CW 1117 2068 951 85%
5 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 5423 9538 4115 76%
6 TAKEN NBC 2150 3747 1597 74%
7 WILL & GRACE NBC 3726 6458 2732 73%
8 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH FOX 1370 2360 990 72%
SWAT CBS 5266 9049 3783 72%
10 SCANDAL ABC 3715 6364 2649 71%
IZOMBIE CW 715 1224 509 71%
12 THE RESIDENT FOX 4209 7105 2896 69%
13 CHICAGO MED NBC 5808 9742 3934 68%
14 THE GOOD DOCTOR – F ABC 9522 15846 6324 66%
BLINDSPOT NBC 2928 4861 1933 66%
16 SUPERNATURAL CW 2034 3361 1327 65%
17 LIFE SENTENCE CW 404 664 260 64%
18 FAMILY GUY FOX 2050 3339 1289 63%
19 SCORPION CBS 4907 7942 3035 62%
FOR THE PEOPLE ABC 3504 5665 2161 62%
21 GOTHAM FOX 2395 3866 1471 61%
22 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW 1276 2043 767 60%
23 BLACK LIGHTNING CW 1550 2467 917 59%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 1778 2825 1047 59%
25 THE MICK FOX 1766 2747 981 56%

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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