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'Roseanne' revival helps ABC stage a comeback in the ratings

NEW YORK - Who would have thought a sitcom that premiered in 1988 would help rescue the ABC television network?

Welcome to 2018.

The Walt Disney Co. broadcast network on Tuesday celebrated its successful reboots of "Roseanne" and the singing competition show "American Idol" with hundreds of advertisers who flocked to the David Geffen Hall in New York City for a peek at ABC's new fall schedule.

Nielsen ratings released earlier in the day showed that ABC is distancing itself from its cellar-dweller days. ABC, which has finished the last few TV seasons in third or fourth place among viewers ages 18 to 49, is tied with CBS and Fox for second place in the coveted demographic for the current TV season. NBC continues to lead the pack.

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