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NBC is not wasting any time in handing out full-season orders.
After airing only one episode, the network has handed out a full-season order to Dan Fogelman’s family drama This Is Us.
The series becomes the first freshman to score a full-season order, with the drama’s first season set to consist of 18 episodes after NBC added five episodes to the mix on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled. This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we’d wanted and hoped for,” said executive producer Dan Fogelman. “We’d carefully mapped out an 18-chapter story for the first year of the show, and this allows us to follow through with our exact initial intent. And to get the order so early on is a tremendous show of confidence and a boost for our entire cast and crew. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I have to thank Dana, Gary, Jonnie, Howard and my amazing partners at 20th as well as Bob and Jen and the fine folks at NBC for continuing to do absolutely everything right by me and this show. I’d gush more but I have to go back to work.”
The series, starring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and newly minted Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown, stands as the No. 1 new show of the fall (so far) with a 4.5 rating among adults under 50 and 14.3 million viewers when factoring in five days of DVR. That’s up 1.7 ratings points from its live debut and NBC’s highest-rated scripted program in the Tuesdays-at-10 p.m. slot in six years.
The drama, which launched to overwhelmingly positive reviews, also set a record with its official trailer. Since its May release, the trailer has collected more than 127 million views.
“It’s a rare moment in this business when a show so instantly delivers both critical acclaim and hit ratings, but This Is Us is just such an extraordinary achievement,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “Creator Dan Fogelman, along with co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and the gifted producers, cast and crew, has delivered the kind of heart and depth that resonates with every segment of the audience, and we’re proud to extend its presence on our schedule.”
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