This Is Us to Air After 2018 Super Bowl

NBC on Sunday announced its plans for the biggest sporting event of the year — and they involve a post-game assist from The Big Three.

This Is Us, which returns this fall for Season 2, will air an episode immediately following Super Bowl 52, which is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

The decision to slot the family drama behind the highest-rated game of the year shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The series — which debuted last September to 10.1 million total viewers and a 2.8 in the coveted 18-49 demo — was an immediate breakout hit for the network. It capped its first season with series highs, drawing 12.8 million total viewers and a 3.4 in the demo.

This Is Us will be on the move come autumn, relocating to Thursdays at 9/8c, where it will air after the Will & Grace revival and Season 2 of Great News. Seriously, the only way this day could get any better for the Pearsons was if the Pittsburgh Steelers were guaranteed a spot in next year’s big game.

Did NBC make the right choice slotting its biggest hit behind the biggest game of the year, or would the post-Super Bowl time slot have been better served to help launch a new series? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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28 Comments
  1. iHeart says:

    figures, but I thought it was already airing on thursdays

  2. A. D. says:

    What a depressing show to put on after an exciting football game!

  3. Kevin Tran says:

    Bold move by NBC. Hope they bring a box of Kleenex in a post Super Bowl episode.

  4. Elaine says:

    Stupid move. They will never learn. How many games actually end on time which mean people who record will not get a full show or if the game runs extra long, they will either pre-empt it or delay it. This is why people turn to other shows

    • militantgod says:

      Yeah, putting their top rated scripted show after the biggest TV event of the year, almost guaranteeing to double it’s highest ratings ever, is beyond stupid.

    • Cactus Rose says:

      I agree. Stupid move. For those of us that couldn’t care less about the Super Bowl, we are forced to tape possibly the final two hours in order to assure we get the entire show should the game run into OT. Ah, but whatever makes the most $$ for the networks. Who cares what we think?

  5. Where’s TBBT airing next season? I gave up on Great News after the 4th episode–not up to the standards of Fey/Carlock’s other stuff. Andrea Martin is wasted playing a cliched Jewish mother. The only things I laughed at occasionally was John Michael Higgins doing a young version of a Fred Willard (which he actually did better in a recurring role on Community). But am looking forward to Will and Grace Redux, and of course, more Milo and family.

  6. Art Marko says:

    I agree. Gilding the lily. Timeslot might have better-served promoting something new. Doesn’t EVERYONE already watch TIU?

  7. Haz says:

    Wasted potential by airing This Is Us after the Super Bowl. Why not do a comedy? This Is Us doesn’t need a Super Bowl push, word of mouth is propelling its ratings.

  8. Barbara says:

    So Will & Grace will be the same time as Gray’s Anatomy and This is Us the same time as Chicago Med? Excellent programming……🤥

    • anon says:

      This is Us is the same channel as Chicago Med

    • Paul says:

      If they want to end Shondaland’s and ABC’s hegemony on Thursdays, throwing their two biggest heavy hitters against ageing shows is actually genius.

      • Christian says:

        That’s assuming Will & Grace will even do half as well as did before. As evidenced by Prison Break, 24 and The X-Files, it won’t.

        • Phil says:

          The Will and Grace web scene during the election did extremely well… I think this one is going to do well!

  9. Joey Padron says:

    Good news the show is getting the post Super Bowl slot! It will do great for them. Can’t wait to see and read what they’ll plan for this episode!

  10. Ray says:

    What a colossal misstep by NBC. Total genre mismatch!

  11. Maluma says:

    Awful decision! The show’s already a big hit. Why air such a serious drama after the game? They should air Will & Grace after..

  12. Ram510 says:

    Well this is a smart move

  13. gerry says:

    Nooooo!!! I love THIS IS US but I just can’t give up Blacklist.

  14. Shib says:

    Show is horrible should have been cancelled after 2 weeks waaayyy to contrived

  15. kmw says:

    The first thing that comes to mind is this I bet NBC really wants the Steelers in The Super Bowl. Even if it does I think This is Us will do fine. Although it wouldn’t have been my first choice to go there it should at least do marginally better than 24( of course it also depends on an overtime game something I don’t think will happen again). NBC sure has an interesting fall lined up

  16. KT says:

    How many episodes of This is Us will actually air before Winter Olympics start? Cuz don’t they start in February?