The first original episode of “Roseanne” since 1997 drew the largest audience for any regularly scheduled scripted television program this season, 18.444 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Wednesday.

The audience was ABC’s largest in the Tuesday 8-9 p.m. time slot since Nov. 14, 2006, when it aired the next-to-last episode of the third season of “Dancing with Stars.”

“black-ish” which followed, drew its second-largest audience ever, 8.584 million viewers, behind only its Sept. 24, 2014 premiere.

The premiere of the comedy “Splitting Up Together,” which followed “black-ish,” averaged 6.957 million viewers, the most for a Tuesday premiere of an ABC comedy since the Sept. 22, 2015, premiere of “The Muppets,” which ran for one season.

The legal drama “For The People,” which followed “Splitting Up Together,” averaged 3.502 million viewers, the most of its three episodes.

ABC averaged 9.905 million viewers for the night, its most for a Tuesday with series programming since Sept. 24, 2013, when it aired the premieres of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “The Goldbergs,” “Trophy Wife’ and “Lucky 7.”

CBS was the night’s most-watched network, averaging 10.371 million viewers for “NCIS” (11.94 million), “Bull” (10.647 million) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (8.526 million).

ABC announced Wednesday it would rerun the “Roseanne” episode from 7-8 p.m. Sunday.

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