Ratings: “This Is Us” Rises, NBC Sweeps Tuesday Night

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Off for last week’s presidential address, NBC’s “This Is Us” returned with an original Tuesday night.

It posted episode-to-episode gains in adults 18-49 and total viewership.

According to final data posted by Showbuzz, Tuesday’s episode drew a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 11.15 million overall viewers. The previous broadcast posted a 2.5 and 9.35 million.

This week’s viewer figure ranks as a series high.

In addition to the glowing reception to the previous episode and excitement as the season finale nears, “This Is Us” may have benefited from the return of its “The Voice” lead-in.

“The Voice” posted a 2.6 rating and drew 11.62 million viewers in the 8PM hour.

While “This Is Us” outperformed “The Voice” in adults 18-49 (and is clearly not dependent on the lead-in), the music show still provided stronger support than recent lead-in “The Wall.”

Both shows dominated their timeslots in adults 18-49; “This Is Us” also won its timeslot in viewership. It was the night’s #1 show, moreover, in adults 18-49.

“This Is Us” led into “Chicago Justice,” which drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating and 6.08 million viewers in the 10PM hour. The retention out of “This Is Us” was underwhelming (and below what “Chicago Fire” typically pulls in the slot), but “Justice” still won the 10PM timeslot in adults 18-49.

NBC, therefore, won all three primetime hours in the target demo.

Written by Brian Cantor

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