UPDATED with finals: ABC’s Roseanne revival shed a few more tenths of a rating point in its third week, logging a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating after an upward adjustment in the finals in Live+Same Day and 13.8 million total viewers Tuesday night. That was down a modest 10% (-0.4) in 18-49 and viewers from last week.
Still, Roseanne‘s 3.5 rating topped any regularly scheduled non-premiere telecast of a scripted broadcast series this season. It was once again the top program on Tuesday in 18-49 and total viewers and helped ABC win the night in the demo for a third straight week. Airing at 8 PM, Roseanne also continued to provide a strong lead-in for comedies The Middle (2.0 after an upward adjustment, -9% from last week’s season high, 7.5 million) and Black-ish (1.3 after a downward adjustment, -0.2, 4.9 million), which ranked as No. 2 and No. 3 for the night in the demo, respectively. New midseason series Splitting Up Together (1.2, 4.2 million) and For the People (0.6, 2.7 million) both shed two more tenths as their ratings have yet to settle.
Roseanne faced atypical competition, with no original NCIS on CBS or The Voice or NBC. Following a Voice clip show, new NBC drama Rise (0.8, 4.5 million) and Chicago Med (1.1, 6.4 million) both held steady. Leading out of an NCIS rerun, CBS aired Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute which managed a 1.0 and 7.1 million. CBS topped the night in total viewers.
Three series returned from lengthy hiatuses to series lows, led by Fox comedy series New Girl (0.7, 4 million), which opened its final seventh season down 42% from its Season 6 premiere and 0.1 below its previous series low. New Girl was in line with the deliveries of The Mick, which aired in the Tuesday 9:30 PM time slot earlier this season. Fox’s Lethal Weapon returned from a lengthy break to a 0.9 demo rating after an upward adjustment, matching a series low, and 4.1 million viewers. LA to Vegas (0.7, 2.3 million) was steady.
The CW’s The Flash (0.6, 1.8 million) came back from hiatus to a new series low, while Black Lightning (0.5, 1.6 million) was steady.