In 1997, popular American sitcom Roseanne aired its finale episode after running for a nine year. Two decades later, it returned to historic ratings with over 18 million viewers tuned in to watch.
Based on the lead character Roseanne Barr, the sitcom portrays an American family who struggles to make ends meet in their suburban neighbourhood. Its return was based on current political situations in the US where people for or against President Donald Trump go at one another. The episode showed Roseanne (who in real life is a Trump) supporter quarrelling with her sister who doesn’t. The show drew in 18.4 million viewers, ten percent more than the numbers of its 1997 finale.
Not new to controversial issues, Barr attracted criticism when she represented Hitler in a magazine shoot. Her humour does not offend Trump though, who telephoned her and congratulated her on her yuuuuuge ratings.
Following the airing of the episode, Barr countered people who claimed that the ratings were because of the subject by saying her show is deliberately made for people to have conversations about things they disagree on.
>>Anyone who watches “Roseanne” should see tht we know life is a struggle for most Americans & it did NOT get easier during th 20 years we were off the air! Let’s face the issues we have in common, & help our families, neighbors & leaders pull TOGETHER toward SOLUTIONS! PLEASE?
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) March 29, 2018