The This Is Us season 2 premiere ratings may be enough to make NBC executives do cartwheels in the street; as for the ratings for everything else, those feelings may be a little more complicated.
The aforementioned premiere episode of the network drama drew an incredible 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic last night alongside 12.6 million viewers. This was easily enough for the show to win the night in the demo, and it came very close to beating NCIS in total viewers. Consider this another sure-fire sign that if you create a great show, viewers will flock to you. Nothing else really matters. There are times in which there are other miscellaneous factors that enter the mix, but This Is Us is basically the perfect combination of appealing to the mass market while also being heartfelt and personal.
As for whether or not NBC made the right move in moving Chicago Fire to Thursdays to accommodate Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, we’re not altogether sure that they did. The ratings for the new series last night were a 1.7 rating, which would be great were it not for the enormous lead-in that it has. We feel that if Chicago Fire had that spot, the combination of its accessibility and cliffhanger resolution would’ve gotten it at least a 2.0. It was easily still enough for it to win its timeslot, so it does have that going for it.
As for the ratings elsewhere, there wasn’t that much in the way of good news.
NCIS – While the premiere drew a decent 1.6 and won the night in viewers, this is still the least-watched premiere for the show ever.
Bull – Meanwhile, the Michael Weatherly show’s 1.2 was down significantly versus the season 1 premiere … even if we do now think that this is a much better episode than you’ve seen in the past.
NCIS: New Orleans – The Scott Bakula series barely registered a 1.0, even if it did get well more than 8 million viewers. Clearly, this is a show skewing old.
Lethal Weapon – With it getting a 1.2 for its premiere, we’re wondering why in the world Fox ever decided that scheduling it opposite NCIS was a good move for anyone. It was never going to be a huge ratings performer there.
The Voice – It did get a respectable 2.6 in the demo, but the singing competition is clearly still a shell of its once-dominant self on NBC.
Dancing with the Stars – With a 1.2 last night, the ballroom competition clearly needs to address what was its biggest flaw this season: Casting. There are several people unfamiliar to the average viewer, plus many who have been over-exposed in the reality TV community. Just think in terms of how many shows Debbie Gibson has been a part of at this point.
The Mick – With a 0.9, it’s further proof that Fox can come up with any comedy series it wants and it will still find a way to post middling numbers on Thursday nights.
What did you watch Tuesday night?
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