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Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Soars to New Series Records

NBC drama draws 11 million total viewers with Season 1’s penultimate episode

NBC’s “This Is Us” broke series records on Tuesday, reaching 11 million total viewers with its Season 1 penultimate episode.

The show also set a new high-water mark in the key 18-49 demographic for a regular episode, putting up a 2.9 rating. “This Is Us” posted a 3.0 for a special January 10 airing at 10 p.m., which followed President Obama’s farewell address. Forget the lead-in asterisk, that one has to be thrown away due to its time slot.

Originally, last night was intended to be the show’s Season 1 finale, though President Trump’s February 28 address to the nation pushed it back a week. The freshman blockbuster will come to a close next Tuesday instead.

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.3 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 9.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 earned a 2.6/10 and 11.5 million viewers. At 9, “This Is Us” scored a 2.9/10 and 11 million viewers. “Chicago Justice” put up a 1.3/5 and 6.2 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and first in viewers with 11.1 million. “NCIS” at 8 landed a 1.6/6 and 14.1 million viewers. At 9, “Bull” garnered a 1.3/5 and 10.3 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” received a 1.1/4 and 8.9 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and in viewers with 3.8 million. “The Middle” at 8 had a 1.4/6 and 6.1 million viewers. At 8:30, “American Housewife” got a 1.4/5 and 5.2 million viewers. “Fresh Off the Boat’ at 9 received a 1.1/4 and 3.7 million viewers. At 9:30, “The Real O’Neals” closed the comedy block to a 0.9/3 and 2.9 million viewers. The premiere of “People Icons” at 10 managed a 0.5/2 and 2.6 million viewers.

The CW was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and fifth in viewers with 2 million. “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.9/3 and 2.5 million viewers. At 9, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” got a 0.5/2 and 1.6 million viewers.

Fox, Univision and Telemundo all tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.6/2. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 2.1 million, Univision was sixth with 1.8 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.4 million viewers.

For Fox, following reruns, “Bones” at 9 received a 0.7/3 and 2.9 million viewers.