Donald Trump calls Rosanne Barr to congratulate her on show's ratings

Roseanne Barr's rebooted sitcom series has debuted to massive ratings in the US, prompting a surprise phone call from Donald Trump.

Barr's character reveals to her family she is a Trump supporter in the first episode of the new series of Roseanne, which screened on Tuesday night in the US.

The show was a hit, attracting a whopping 18.2 million viewers. It was also a hit with the President himself, who called Barr the next day to congratulate her, he told a crowd in Cleveland.

"Look at Roseanne - look at her ratings," Trump told the crowd at what was supposed to be a speech about infrastructure, according to CNN.

"They were unbelievable," Trump said. "Over 18 million people. And it was about us."

Barr confirmed the conversation took place on ABC's Good Morning America, saying Trump called her to congratulate her on the show's success.

"They said, 'Hold please for the President of the United States of America,' and that was about the most exciting thing ever. It was just very sweet of him to congratulate us," she said.

"We just kind of had a private conversation," she said. "But you know, we talked about a lot of things. He's just happy for me. I've known him for many years and he's done a lot of nice things for me over the years. So, it was just a friendly conversation about work, and you know, television and ratings."

The original version of Roseanne ran from 1988 to 1997, telling the story of the fictional working class Connor family from Illinois.

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