This Is Us pulled in its smallest initial audience ever Tuesday, and in a rare occurrence didn’t finish first among adults 18-49 in primetime (at least for now).
That honor went to NCIS, whose 0.86 rating in the key ad demographic narrowly beat the 0.84 for This Is Us. The CBS drama was also the night’s most watched show, with just under 10 million viewers, up slightly from 9.77 million last week. FBI (0.78 in 18-49, 8.07 million viewers) and FBI: Most Wanted (0.6, 6.26 million) also improved.
As for This Is Us, its 0.84 among adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers come in below the previous floor for the series of 0.97 in the demo and 5.1 million viewers (set with the Feb. 23 episode). The show will likely regain its usual demo lead with delayed viewing; on average, This Is Us adds a full point to its demo rating after seven days versus about 0.4 for NCIS.
New Amsterdam (0.41, 3.64 million) also hit lows (but will grow substantially with delayed viewing), but Young Rock (0.63, 2.96 million) and Kenan (0.47, 2.21 million) were fairly steady.
Fox didn’t get much from the first two hours of its short-run home renovation series Holmes Family Effect (0.28 in 18-49 and just 1.02 million viewers). ABC’s To Tell the Truth (0.49, 3.75 million) slipped in the demo but added viewers, while at The CW, The Flash (0.22, 982,000) and Superman & Lois (0.23, 1.21 million) were fairly steady.
On cable, The Rachel Maddow Show led primetime in total viewers with 3.18 million, beating out Tucker Carlson Tonight (3.02 million) and History’s The Curse of Oak Island (2.95 million). The latter had the night’s top demo rating on cable with a 0.55.
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