8:20am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: ABC Posts Modest Premieres; 'This Is Us' Is Down but Dominant
This Is Us put out another massive episode for NBC on Tuesday night, while ABC launched two new series to rather modest results.
NBC topped the evening on the back of This Is Us — which, after series highs for its sophomore return, averaged a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers. That's a steep week-to-week drop, almost identical to the one fellow broadcast leader The Big Bang Theory took Monday. But This Is Us is a big time-shifting draw, with its premiere already rising to a 5.7 rating among adults 18-49 with live-plus-3 returns. That makes it the highest-rated entertainment telecast of this season thus far.
Lead-in The Voice earned a 2.2 rating in the key demo, while newcomer The Menendez Murders slipped half of a ratings point to a 1.2 among adults 18-49. (It's not a terrible showing, but NBC has got to be wishing it had given its precious This Is Us lead-in to another freshman.)
ABC's new entries hit the schedule after a reconfigured Tuesday comedy lineup, which started with The Middle (1.6 adults) and Fresh Off the Boat (1.3 adults). Black-ish moved into the 9 p.m. time slot, earning a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 — launching The Mayor, which earned a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers out of the gate. That's all right, and in line with past time-slot occupants, and somewhat better than the launch of drama Kevin (Probably) Saves the World at 10 p.m. That earned ABC a 1.0 rating in the key demo and 4.2 million viewers.
Both The Mayor and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World can be put in the "feel good" bucket of programming, a trend that seems to have at least worked for network neighbor The Good Doctor and CBS' boffo premiere of The Young Sheldon.
Speaking of CBS, the network naturally won the night among total viewers with powerhouses NCIS (1.4 adults), Bull (1.2 adults) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.0 adults). On Fox, Lethal Weapon (1.1 adults) was followed by The Mick (0.9 adults) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7 adults) — none of them off much from last week's premieres.