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‘This Is Us’ Thanksgiving (Gobble) Gobbles Up 15% Better Ratings Than Last Week

ABC’s ”Emergence“ suffers a Nielsen emergency

NBC is thankful for “This Is Us.” Tuesday’s midseason finale, this fall’s Thanksgiving episode, rose 15% in ratings from the prior week’s episode. The installment, titled “So Long, Marianne,” saw the Pearsons, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) in particular, face an uncomfortable truth about Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and ended in a twisty flash-forward sequence.

Further down the Nielsen sheets, “Emergence” settled for series lows both among adults 18-49 and in terms of total viewers. ABC settled for fourth.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.3 rating/6 and 8.2 million viewers. At 9, “This Is Us” landed a 1.5/7 and 7.3 million viewers. “New Amsterdam” at 10 had a 0.8/4 and 5.5 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.8/4 and first in viewers with 8.9 million. “NCIS” at 8 got a 1.0/5 and 11 million viewers. At 9, “FBI” posted a 0.8/4 and 8.8 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 received a 0.7/3 and 6.9 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.7/4 and in viewers with 3.3 million. “The Resident” at 8 had a 0.8/4 and 3.9 million viewers. At 9, “Empire” got a 0.7/3 and 2.7 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 3.1 million. “The Conners” at 8 received a 1.0/5 and 5.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “Bless This Mess” had a 0.6/3 and 3.4 million viewers. “Mixed-Ish” at 9 got a 0.6/3 and 2.6 million viewers. At 9:30, “Black-ish” matched that 0.6/3, but slipped to 2.4 million viewers. At 10, “Emergence” managed a 0.4/2 and 2.3 million viewers.

Univision, Telemundo and The CW tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.3 million, and The CW was seventh with 1 million.

For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million viewers. At 9, “Arrow” got a 0.2/1 and 742,000 viewers.