This Is Us is on fire.
NBC’s hit family drama opened Season 2 on Tuesday night with 12.9 million total viewers and a 3.9 demo rating (per finals), marking series highs on both counts (besting its freshman finale, which did 12.8 mil and a 3.4).
TVLine readers gave the revelatory episode an average grade of “B.”
Bookending This Is Us, The Voice (10.9 mil/2.7) matched its Monday numbers/20-percent year-over-year decline, while Tyler Perry Presents Law & Order: True Crime — Marvel’s The Menendez Brothers debuted to 6.1 mil and a 1.6 (with a “B-” grade).
CBS | NCIS (13.3 mil/1.6, average grade “B+”) was up from its finale and off just a tenth from its prior season average. Bull (10.1 mil/1.3) returned down a tick from its freshman averages. NCIS: New Orleans (8.8 mil/1.0) tied its series lows.
FOX | Lethal Weapon christened its new night with 4.4 mil/1.2 (and an “A” grade), down a tick from its finale and well shy of its freshman average (6.5 mil/1.6) while matching the demo of Fox’s year-ago Tuesday comedy block. The Mick (2.7 mil/0.9, “B+” grade) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2 mil/0.7, “A-” grade) both improved on their season finales but were of a smidgen from Scream Queen’s year-ago performance in the time slot.
ABC | Leading out of a Celebrity Family Feud (6.1 mil/1.3), Dancing With the Stars did 7.1 mil/1.2.