‘This Is Us’ Renewed for Seasons 2 and 3 at NBC

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NBC has renewed “This Is Us” for two additional seasons of 18 episodes each, the network announced Wednesday at the Television Critics’ Association winter press tour presentation.

“This Is Us” getting an early pickup is expected; what’s a surprise is the double renewal, for two seasons of 18 episodes each. However, the show ranks as the top new network series of the season, and sealed the year with three Golden Globes nominations, including a best drama nod in the highly-competitive category — the first for NBC in 10 years.

Created by Dan Fogelman, “This Is Us” stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Ron Cephas Jones. The family ensemble, which jumps through different years, is about the intertwining lives and connections of several people who all share the same birthday and so much more than anyone would expect.

By just about any metric, “This Is Us” is a genuine hit for NBC. It’s averaging a 2.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 9.56 million total viewers just in Nielsen’s Live-plus-Same Day ratings — it generally adds on another 2.0 in the demo and 5 million viewers once viewing within seven days is counted, and around four tenths of a point in the “C3” ratings that matter to advertisers. In fact, it’s the only show the network has ever had that’s built on the audience coming out of “The Voice,” and has continued doing so. The Nov. 30 episode actually surpassed “Empire” — considered the barometer of “hit”-dom these days — when viewing within three days was counted.

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The freshman breakout was one of the first shows to land a full-season order with a total of 18 episodes.

In her first review of the pilot, Variety critic Sonia Soraiya applauded the cast and noted the appeal of the show’s “unabashedly emotional drama done right.” She wrote that the dramedy “manages to both craft an intimate series of portraits and stitch them together,” allowing “the viewer to marvel at the beauty and mystery of life — at the surprising little grace notes of fate and commonality that bind us together — while getting to know the major characters and their difficulties.”

“This Is Us” has always been a hot project — even before it was greenlit. It was one of the first projects to emerge for the 2016-2017 TV season when it was developed off-cycle, landing a pilot order early in the development cycle in Sept. 2015.

The early double renewal is a strong sign of support in the series from NBC, which has been known to pickup successful shows well before the typical pre-Upfront renewal season in May — last year, the network renewal fall 2015’s breakout hit “Blindspot” for a second season in November.

Fogelman created “This Is Us” and serves as executive producer, along with Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak, plus John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, who directed the pilot. “This Is Us” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

Oriana Schwindt contributed to this report.

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  1. catwoman says:

    Absolutely LOVE LOVE this show!!! It tackles MANY real life situations. I love the way they go in real time this time. And then flashback to when they were younger and growing up. I really haven’t seen a show that his son that before. You really made connections with the characters. You can almost bond with all of them in some way… like with Kate if you struggled with your weight at some point. With Randall having lost a parent or have a ailing parent battling an illness. Even being a child to has been adopted and dealing with being part of the family who maybe have other children after you have been adopted or even before. Being part of an interracial family. Losing a parent we don’t know what happened to Jack yet and we did see that apparently it happened when they were possibly in high school/teenagers and then their mother goes on to marry his best so that someone that they knew when was part of their life. That does happen to people I know people that that has happened to.
    You look forward to watching this show every weekend when it’s not on its highly disappointing. There’s just so much garbage & non- original shows on TV these last couple years. So many shows seem to be almost the same stuff. And now they’re not even coming up w/ anything creative & I don’t know what this thing is about redoing old TV shows or taking movies & making them into TV shows the only one that was halfway decent in my opinion shooter. Another TV show I do like is Rosewood. To have a cast that is Mimi African American and they have a lot of Hispanic actors as well and that also is the different type of storyline it’s pretty interesting. But I’m not going to get into a bunch of other shows since we’re talking about this wonderful amazing show that really connects with a huge population of people.. Some of the shows that I watch I don’t even watch them while they’re on I will DVR them but this is a show that I watch when it’s on BC you just live for when it’s on. I mean if you can’t because you have an obligation then of course you DVR it but there’s not many shows that you live for.

  2. It seems that NBC renewed it for 2 more seasons because it received 3 Golden Globe Nominations. it didn’t win anything, but the fact that it was actually nominated was good enough for NBC. I guess they are hoping it will win something in the future. However, it could go three years with receiving nominations and never win anything. If that is what NBC considers a success story, what can I say? The ratings for the show are currently very good, so I can’t get all over them about this.

  3. Alex Meyer says:

    This is awesome!!

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