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Given the explosion of platforms and series since then and compared with other successful sitcom reboots, that figure is impressive.

NBC’s Will & Grace, for example, returned with its original 1998-2006 cast to a debut audience of 10.1 million viewers and was quickly renewed for a second and then a third season.

For its freshman year, NBC’s show is averaging 5.7 million people watching episodes on the day they air. But with the time-shifting viewership that networks are focusing on, its audience averages 9 million per episode over a seven-day period.

Another promising sign for Roseanne was the estimated audience growth from the first half-hour (18 million) to the second (18.9 million), a sign that viewers liked what they saw. Future episodes are a half-hour.

The revival had a coat-tail effect for the shows that followed, significantly boosting viewership for Black-ish and helping to launch new the Jenna Fischer-Oliver Hudson comedy Splitting Up Together.