“This Is Us” will be ending with its upcoming sixth season, TheWrap has learned.
The Season 6 end to the hit family drama — which revolves around Jack and Rebecca Pearson and their kids, Randall, Kevin and Kate, aka “The Big Three,” in the past, present and future — shouldn’t come as much of a shock, as series creator Dan Fogelman has long said he wanted to wrap the series with the sixth installment.
During its third season, “This Is Us” was renewed through Season 6.
In a press conference with reporters pegged to the Season 4 finale last March, Fogelman said, as he had many times before then and has since, “the Pearsons’ story will basically come to a close” with the sixth season.
NBC and “This Is Us” studio 20th Television declined TheWrap’s request for comment on the series ending with Season 6. The news broke ahead of the broadcast network’s reveal of its 2021-22 slate on Friday.
“This Is Us” stars Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas and Caitlin Thompson.
Facing the same pandemic production difficulties as many other TV shows this season, “This Is Us” will end its currently airing fifth season two episodes shy of its original count.
Intended to have 18 episodes, Season 5 of the NBC family drama will now consist of 16 episodes, with the finale airing May 25 at 10 p.m. The condensed-season strategy is something several broadcast shows are opting for in 2021 to try to help curb the spread of COVID-19 as vaccines continue to roll out.
Season 5 of “This Is Us” is currently averaging a 2.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 9.2 million total viewers, according to the “most current” Nielsen data stream, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news that “This Is Us” will be ending with Season 6.
“This Is Us” airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.