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Rosie O'Donnell kicks off 'The View' to best ratings in 8 years

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Rosie O Donnell The View

With numbers like this, Rosie can wear whatever she wants. Powered by the return of Rosie O’Donnell to the chat panel, ABC’s daytime veteran The View had its biggest premiere rating in eight years.

Monday’s return had 3.9 million viewers — the best since O’Donnell first joined the cast in 2006. The show also hit three-year highs among women 18-49. O’Donnell made additional headlines by doing the show barefoot (thus the above photo).

The 18th season of the show also had two newcomers on the panel — actress Rosie Perez and Republican political analyst Nicolle Wallace — in addition to moderator Whoopi Goldberg.