Primetime Ratings: NBC Wins Despite ‘This Is Us’ Drop

NBC took top honors in Tuesday ratings, putting up a 2.2 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, alongside an 8 share. That easily beat ABC’s 1.3/5.

NBC saw some ratings slippage from last week’s premieres. The Voice fell 15% to 2.2, This Is Us dropped 18% to 3.1, and Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders was off 29% from its premiere at 1.2. NBC noted that, excluding season premieres and finales, This Is Us scored its top 18-49 rating to date.

ABC had the season premieres of The Middle at 1.6, up from its 1.3 finale last spring, and Fresh Off the Boat at 1.3, up 30% over its season-three closer. The premiere of Black-ish, on its new night, did a 1.5, 15% better than its spring finale, and the series premiere of The Mayor scored a 1.2. The first episode of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (pictured) rated a 1.0 at 10.

CBS did a 1.2/5 on the night. NCIS was down 13% at 1.4, then Bull rated a flat 1.2, and NCIS: New Orleans a level 1.0.

Fox scored a 0.9/3, with Lethal Weapon down a tenth of a point at 1.1, The Mick at a flat 0.9 and Brooklyn Nine-Nine also down a tenth at 0.7. All three premiered last Tuesday.

Telemundo rated a 0.7/3 and Univision a 0.5/2.

The CW was at 0.2/1 with a repeat of Flash and then Machinima’s Chasing the Cup: Injustice 2 at 0.1.  

Michael Malone

Michael Malone is content director at B+C and Multichannel News. He joined B+C in 2005 and has covered network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television, including writing the "Local News Close-Up" market profiles. He also hosted the podcasts "Busted Pilot" and "Series Business." His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Boston Globe and New York magazine.