That was fast: After just one airing, This Is Us has snagged a full(ish)-season pickup of 18 episodes, NBC announced Tuesday.
Enthused executive producer Dan Fogelman in a statement: “This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we’d wanted and hoped for. 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.”
The twisty family drama debuted last Tuesday to 10.1 million total viewers and a 2.8 demo rating, delivering the Big 4’s highest-rated drama debut since last fall’s Supergirl. It also marked NBC’s highest-rated scripted program in the time slot in more than six years, since an April 2010 episode of Parenthood.
TVLine readers gave the premiere an average grade of “A-.”