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TV Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Season 2 Premiere Sets New Series High

The “This Is Us” Season 2 premiere set a new high for the series in the key demo, according to Nielsen overnight data.

The sophomore opener of the beloved NBC drama drew a 3.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers, airing at 9 p.m.. That is an improvement of 36 percent in the demo compared to the Season 1 premiere (2.9) and a 12 percent bump above the Season 1 finale (3.4). It was also the second most-watched episode of the series, behind only the Season 1 finale (12.8 million).

Earlier on NBC, “The Voice” (2.6, 10.6 million) debuted its first Tuesday episode of its thirteenth season down 23 percent in the demo and 13 percent in total viewers from its first Tuesday last season. At 10, the series premiere of “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” drew a 1.7 and 6.2 million viewers, winning the hour in the demo but losing out to the season premiere of “NCIS: New Orleans” in total viewers.

On CBS, the Season 13 debut of “NCIS” drew a 1.6 and 13.1 million viewers, down approximately 26 percent in the demo and 18 percent in total viewers from the Season 12 debut. The Season 2 premiere of “Bull” (1.2, 9.9 million) also suffered a heavy drop, down by 45 percent in the demo and 36 percent in total viewers compared to the Season 1 premiere. The Season 4 debut of “NCIS: New Orleans” averaged a 1.0 and 8.7 million viewers, winning the hour in total viewers but still down 30 percent in the demo and 22 percent in total viewers from the Season 3 debut.

For ABC, the season finale of “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.3, 6 million) rose in both measures from last week. A new episode of “Dancing with the Stars” (1.2, 7.1 million) was also down in both measures.

The Season 2 premiere of “Lethal Weapon” on Fox–the first episode to air in the show’s new Tuesday, 8 p.m. timeslot–drew a 1.2 and 4.3 million viewers, marking an approximate 45 percent drop in both measures from the series premiere. The Season 2 debut of “The Mick” drew a 0.9 and 2.8 million viewers, down approximately 67 percent in both measures from the series premiere, though the series premiere aired after NFL football, which drove the numbers up. The Season 5 premiere of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” averaged a 0.8 and 2.1 million viewers, down by 25 percent in the demo and 11 percent in total viewers compared to the Season 4 opener.

The CW aired only repeats.

NBC won the night in the demo with a 2.7 rating, but finished second in total viewers with 9.8 million. CBS was second in the demo with a 1.3 but first in total viewers with 10.6 million. ABC was third overall with a 1.2 and 6.8 million viewers. Fox was fourth with a 1.0 and 3.4 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.2 and 872,000 viewers.

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