The Master of Making It About Him phoned the outspoken actress and vocal Trump supporter after his advisers, Fox News Channel and Don Jr., spent much of the day praising her for the debut’s big ratings. ABC brought back the comedy series after more than 20 years off the air, bagging a 5.2 adults 18-49 rating and 18.2 million total viewers – 10% bigger crowd than the original series finale 21 years ago.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed The New York Times that her former reality-TV star boss called the sitcom star Wednesday night to commend her success, securing a POTUS headline on this TV story.
Trump was “enthralled” with the ratings, NYT reported. Because he sees it as a ringing endorsement of himself, we add.
Barr, an outspoken Trump supporter, returned to TV to play Roseanne Connor, now also a vocal Trump supporter. The opening episode showed the close-knit Connor family having suffered a serious rift between Roseanne and sister Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf, because of the 2016 election that ushered Trump into the White House. Jackie voted for Jill Stein.
Trump phoning Roseanne was a mating call to his base: Roseanne delivered its highest ratings in states he handily carried in the election. Ranking No. 1: Tulsa, Oklahoma – a state Trump won with 65.3% of the vote. Cincinnati, and Kansas City, Missouri followed. Chicago at No. 5 repped the only blue state in the show’s Top 10, but that’s because the sitcom is based there.
Unclear if Trump is aware Barr had appeared on ABC’s late-night show a few days earlier, during which her strongest argument for supporting Trump was “because we don’t want [Mike] Pence.”
“You want Pence for the f*ckin President? Well then zip that f*ckin lip!” Roseanne had warned Kimmel.