TV Ratings: This Is Us Solid in Return Opposite World Series Clincher

'This Is Us' Season 5 Premiere

In the latest TV show ratings, This Is Us‘ two-hour season premiere averaged 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating (per finals), up in audience and down just a tenth in the demo from its Season 4 average (6.9 mil/1.5).

NBC notes that This Is Us delivered TV’s No. 1-rated scripted telecast (excluding shows with high-rated NFL lead-ins) since the April 30 Parks and Recreation special. TVLine readers gave the season opener an average grade of “B+”; read post mortem.

Kicking off NBC’s night, The Voice (7.8 mil/1.0, read recap) was down a tenth week-to-week.


FOX | Coverage of what would be the deciding World Series game delivered 12.6 million viewers and a 3.4 demo rating.

ABC | The Bachelorette (4.6 mil/1.3) was up a tenth.

CBS | Primetime, COVID-safer editions of The Price Is Right (5 mil/0.8) and Let’s Make a Deal (4 mil/0.6) easily outrated what drama reruns most recently did in the time slots. The FBI Declassified (2.5 mil/0.3) however dipped.

THE CW | Swamp Thing (848K/0.2) scared up its biggest audience since its CW premiere while matching its demo high. Tell Me a Story (479K/0.1) in turn rose in audience while steady in the demo.

The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Common side effects include abdominal pain and dizziness.

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