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Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 Finale Dips, ‘Council of Dads’ Debut Doesn’t Bring Home the Bacon

“FBI” universe crossover anchors strong Tuesday for CBS

While “This Is Us” finished its fourth season Tuesday as the night’s highest-rated show, the Dan Fogelman-created series dipped a bit from last spring’s Season 3 finale. But the still-good Nielsen numbers put up by the tearjerker’s Season 4 closer — an episode that rose from last week’s “This Is Us” and matched the show’s best rating since its season premiere in September — didn’t stick around for the series debut of new NBC drama “Council of Dads.”

Meanwhile, the audiences drawn by “NCIS” and a crossover between “FBI” and its spinoff “FBI: Most Wanted” made CBS primetime’s No. 1 broadcast network in terms of total viewers, even though NBC still managed to top it in demo ratings.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “Ellen’s Game of Games” earned a 1.4/6 and 6.3 million viewers. At 9 p.m., the “This Is Us” Season 4 finale scored a 1.7/8 and 7.9 million viewers. The series debut of “Council of Dads” at 10 settled for a 0.7/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.1/5 and first in viewers with 11 million. At 8 p.m., “NCIS” posted a 1.3/6 and 13 million viewers. “FBI” at 9 p.m. landed a 1.1/5 and 10.8 million viewers. At 10 p.m., “FBI: Most Wanted” put up a 1.0/5 and 9.5 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with 0.8/3 and in viewers with 3.6 million. At 8 p.m., “The Resident” received a 0.8/4 and 4.4 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “Empire” got a 0.7/3 and 2.8 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 3.5 million. At 8 p.m., “The Conners” hit a 1.1/5 and 6.4 million viewers. “Bless This Mess” at 8:30 had a 0.7/3 and 4.1 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “Mixed-ish” managed a 0.6/3 and 3 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9:30 got that same rating and share but drew 2.6 million viewers. At 10 p.m., “For Life” closed the night with a 0.6/3 and 2.4 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/3 and in viewers with 1.8 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 0.1/1 and in viewers with 479,000. The network aired only reruns.