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Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Return Tear-Jerks an Easy Tuesday Win for NBC

Recently renewed “Ellen’s Game of Games” drops “NCIS” in key demo — but not total viewers

The “This Is Us” return and “Ellen’s Game of Games” carried NBC to a very comfortable victory last night in the key 18-49 demographic. Even with those two hit shows, however, the broadcast network finished second to CBS’ total viewers, thanks to the behemoths that are “NCIS” and “Bull.”

ABC and Fox finished way back in a third-place primetime tie.

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 8.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Ellen’s Game of Games” at 8 p.m. posted a 2.1/8 and 8 million viewers. At 9, “This Is Us” scored a 2.7/10 and 9.7 million viewers. “Chicago Med” at 10 received a 1.4/6 and 6.9 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and first in viewers with 11.1 million. “NCIS” at 8 earned a 1.5/6 and 14.2 million viewers. At 9, “Bull” boasted a 1.2/4 and 10.4 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 had a 1.0/4 and 8.6 million viewers.

ABC and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.9/3. ABC was third in total viewers with 3.4 million, Fox was fourth with 3.3 million.

For ABC, “The Middle” at 8 got a 1.3/5 and 5.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “Fresh Off the Boat” received a 1.0/4 and 3.6 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9 had a 1.0/4 and 3.8 million viewers. After a rerun at 9:30, the 10 o’clock “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World closed out ABC prime to a 0.7/3 and 2.4 million viewers.

For Fox, “Lethal Weapon” at 8 had a 1.0/4 and 4.2 million viewers. At 9, “LA to Vegas” got a 0.8/3 and 2.6 million viewers. “The Mick” at 9:30 received a 0.7/3 and 2 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.7 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 885,000, airing all repeats.