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

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

Last Updated: March 8, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

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.