Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 Premiere Falls 40% From Season 3’s, But Is Mostly Steady With Finale

Also, it’s easily Tuesday’s highest-rated show

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NBC topped Tuesday in primetime ratings, despite a pretty significant decline from the “This Is Us” Season 4 premiere vs. Season 3’s. Still, the Pearson Family drama stayed mostly steady with last year’s finale, and was easily the night’s highest-rated show.

Led by “NCIS,” CBS edged ABC and Fox in key demo averages. ABC returned “The Conners” last night and Fox debuted the final season of “Empire.”

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/7 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.5/8 and 8.2 million viewers. “This Is Us” at 9 earned a 1.8/9 and 7.7 million viewers. The Season 2 premiere of “New Amsterdam” at 10 had a 1.1/6 and 6.3 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.0/5 and first in viewers with 9.3 million. The “NCIS” Season 17 premiere at 8 landed a 1.3/7 and 12.3 million viewers. At 9, the Season 2 start for “FBI” received a 0.9/4 and 8.8 million viewers. The sixth season of “NCIS: New Orleans” bowed to a 0.7/4 and 6.7 million viewers at 10.

ABC and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.9/5. ABC was third in total viewers with 4.2 million, Fox was fourth with 3.7 million.

For ABC, the Season 2 premiere of “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners” got a 1.3/7 and 5.7 million viewers. “Bless This Mess” returned for its own sophomore season at 8:30, when it saw a 0.8/4 and 4 million viewers. “Black-ish” spinoff “Mixed-ish” debuted at 9/4 to a 0.9 and 4 million viewers. “Black-ish” itself followed at 9:30, starting its sixth season off with a 0.8/4 and 3.5 million viewers. New drama “Emergence” debuted at 10 to a 0.8/4 and 4.1 million viewers.

For Fox, “The Resident” at 8 kicked off Season 3 with a 0.8/4 and 4 million viewers. At 9, “Empire” started its sixth and final season, putting up a 1.0/5 and 3.4 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 487,000. “Pandora” at 8 had a 0.1/1 and 498,000 viewers. “Mysteries Decoded” at 9 got a 0.1/1 and 475,000.