‘This Is Us’ Abortion Episode Settles for New Series Lows in Both Demo Ratings and Total Viewers

New lead-in ”Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s“ Season 2 premiere didn’t help out all that much

“This Is Us” returned with a particularly heavy (even for this show) episode on Tuesday, when Kate (Chrissy Metz) revealed the story of her teenage pregnancy and subsequent abortion.

The NBC drama was the highest-rated show on broadcast television last night, though an “NCIS” rerun an hour earlier actually attracted more overall viewers, with 5.6 million.

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Tony Maglio

TV Editor • tony.maglio@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tonymaglio