‘World’s Best’ Early Ratings: Post-Super Bowl Debut Drops 14 Percent From ‘This Is Us’ in 2018

James Corden didn’t have a Jack Pearson to kill off

Last Updated: February 4, 2019 @ 1:16 PM

“The World’s Best” on CBS debuted to world class ratings on Sunday night. Of course, the talent show also happened to premiere immediately after Super Bowl LIII.

The new James Corden-hosted global competition series, which is kind of like “America’s Got Talent” for the entire world, started to a 14.0 rating/68 share in the 56 metered markets. That’s big, but it is 13.6 percent lower than last year’s Super Bowl lead-out show.

Following Super Bowl LII on NBC, 2018’s “This Is Us” tearjerker scored a 16.2 rating/70 share in metered-market households, featuring a highly-teased storyline that included the reveal as to how Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) met an early end — thanks to a house fire on the night of the Super Bowl in 1998.

That post-Super Bowl episode, the one that turned us all against Crock-Pots — er, slow cookers — was way up from the prior year’s premiere of “24: Legacy” on Fox, which settled for a 6.1 rating in the coveted time slot.

Remember 2018’s Super Bowl LII? That was the one where they scored touchdowns and the Patriots actually lost.

Click here to see how Super Bowl LIII itself did in the earliest-available Nielsen numbers.

Check back with TheWrap later on Monday, when final figures for Sunday night are released.

Jennifer Maas contributed to this post.