Between the draw of Rosie and Whoopi's polarizing opinions and the curiosity to see new co-hosts Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, the audience tuned in to the roundtable!
With 3.9 million viewers, the first episode of season 18 had the highest premiere ratings in 8 years - the last time Rosie joined the show!
We guess ABC's gamble paid off!
And in case you're one of the few that didn't give the new panel a try…
CLICK HERE to see highlights from the big first episode!