3:31pm PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: 'This Is Us' Opens Lower Opposite World Series
NBC's This Is Us began its fifth season with solid same-day ratings Tuesday, though it was down some from last season's debut. The World Series ended on an up note for Fox — though the series will go down as the least-watched ever — and Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight drew a huge audience.
This Is Us scored a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 — the second best number for a scripted show this season, behind The Simpsons' NFL-assisted season premiere — and 7.3 million viewers for its two-hour premiere. That's down from 1.8 and 7.88 million for last season's premiere, but in line with the show's 2019-20 average of 1.5 in the 18-49 demo and 6.91 million viewers. This Is Us is perennially ranks near the top of the delayed viewing charts and will grow substantially in the coming days.
The Voice (1.0 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers) was on par with last week's debut.
The sixth and final game of the World Series led all of primetime with 12.63 million viewers and a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49. The Los Angeles Dodgers' series-clinching win lifted the average for the series to 9.74 million, down 30 percent vs. last year (in keeping with steep declines for other TV sports this fall) and an all-time low. A Spanish-language telecast of the game on Fox Deportes added 519,000 viewers.
Tucker Carlson Tonight, meanwhile, led all of cable with 7.56 million viewers, its biggest tune-in of 2020 (excluding debate nights). The hour featured an interview with Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden. Hannity followed with 6.4 million viewers.
Elsewhere on the broadcast nets, The Bachelorette (1.3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers) ticked up week to week. CBS aired primetime specials of its game show The Price Is Right (0.8 in 18-49, 5.01 million viewers) and Let's Make a Deal (0.6, 4.01 million).
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