Ratings: NBC’s ‘This Is Us,’ CBS’ ‘Bull’ Premiere to Strong Numbers

NBC drama piggybacks off “The Voice,” CBS series benefits from “NCIS” lead-in

Last Updated: September 21, 2016 @ 12:05 PM

NBC and CBS are back to their battle stations, splitting the second night of the fall TV season right down the middle.

With “The Voice” and “This Is Us,” NBC crushed its competition in the all-important 18-49 demographic. Meanwhile, CBS took no prisoners among total viewers, thanks to “NCIS” and “Bull.”

“This Is Us” (pictured above) actually scored the top demo rating for a new drama since CBS’ highly anticipated “Supergirl” last year. Across the dial, “Bull” hauled in 15.5 million total viewers — nothing to sneeze at, either.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.2 rating/11 share in the main demo and second in total viewers with an average of 11.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 3.4/12 and 12.2 million viewers, on average, over two hours. “This Is Us” followed with a 2.8/10 and 10 million viewers.

CBS was second in demo ratings with a 1.9/7 and first in viewers with 14.1 million. “NCIS” at 8 opened its season to a 2.1/8 and 15.6 million viewers. “Bull” at 9 actually improved upon the demo, putting up a 2.2/7 and 15.5 million viewers. The season premiere of “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 received a 1.4/5 and 11.2 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and in viewers with 6.9 million. “Dancing With the Stars” at 8 landed a 1.5/5 and 8.5 million viewers. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” returned for the fall with a 1.1/4 and 3.6 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/4 and in viewers with 2.3 million. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 8 premiered to a 1.0/4 and 2.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “New Girl’s” version had a 1.2/4 and 2.3 million viewers. The start to “Scream Queens” Season 2 at 9 got a 1.1/4 and 2.3 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 1.8 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 757,000. Following a rerun, “MADtv” at 9 managed a 0.2/1 and 601,000 viewers.