'Roseanne' wasn't just a hit on its first night

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"Roseanne" wasn't just a hit on opening night. The revived ABC comedy had legs.

The Nielsen company said viewership for the show's premiere shot up to 25 million people when you count people who watched the three days after last Tuesday's premiere. Never before has a show gained that many viewers via time shifting within three days.

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The show's initial ratings became a part of the cultural conversation last week, even drawing a congratulatory phone call from President Donald Trump.

The boost lifted Roseanne Barr past Stormy Daniels. Daniels' interview on "60 Minutes" two days earlier had more live viewers, but fewer gains through time shifting.