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Ratings: Shonda Rhimes’ ‘For the People’ Premiere Is Not for Many People

NBC’s “Rise” wins at 10 following strong “This Is Us” season finale

Shonda Rhimes’ “For the People” is way more “The Catch” than “Grey’s Anatomy” — at least, after one night. The ABC drama premiered to a pretty soft 0.8 Nielsen rating/3 share and 3.2 million total viewers.

To be fair to the new Shondaland series, those numbers were still an improvement over the Disney-owned broadcaster’s recent averages in the 10 o’clock time slot.

NBC’s debut of “Rise” on Tuesday fared much better, though it also had a great lead-in from the net’s “This Is Us” Season 2 finale. “This Is Us” jumped 23 percent from last week in the key 18-49 demographic, as viewers rushed to catch Kate’s wedding and see what was up with “Old Jack” before spoilers hit the web.

All told, Tuesday was a comfortable win in the main demo for NBC. CBS still walked away with the most overall viewers, however, as “NCIS” and “Bull” continued churning.

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 2.2/9 and 11 million viewers. At 9, “This Is Us” scored a 2.7/10 and 10.8 million viewers. “Rise” at 10 landed a 1.3/5 and 5.7 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.2 and in viewers with 10.9 million. “NCIS” at 8 put up a 1.4/6 and 13.1 million viewers. At 9, “Bull” posted a 1.2/4 and 10.6 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 received a 1.0/4 and 9.2 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9 and in viewers with 3.4 million. “The Middle” at 8 had a 1.1/5 and 4.8 million viewers. At 8:30, “Fresh Off the Boat” got a 0.9/3 and 3.1 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9 received a 0.9/3 and 3 million viewers. A second episode at 9:30 dipped to a 0.8/3 and 2.8 million viewers. “For the People” followed.

The CW was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and fifth in viewers with 1.8 million. “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.7/3 and 2.1 million viewers. At 9, “Black Lightning” got a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

Fox and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 2 million, Univision was sixth with 1.5 million.

For Fox, following a rerun, “LA to Vegas” at 9 had a 0.7/3 and 2.1 million viewers. At 9:30, “The Mick” got a 0.6/2 and 1.8 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.