But 'Scream Queens' and 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' return low

By James Hibberd
September 21, 2016 at 06:59 PM EDT
Paul Drinkwater/NBC
Fall TV
  • TV Show

NBC’s buzzy new series This Is Us got off to an impressive start in the ratings Tuesday night, crushing rivals at 10 p.m. aided by its strong The Voice lead-in. 

The emotional dramedy pilot with a twist ending delivered 10 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49. That’s bigger than 26 of 28 drama premieres on the major broadcast networks over the past year in the demo, and also ranks as the biggest new series deubt so far this fall. It’s also 55 percent higher than the premiere of the short-lived variety show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris in the slot last year. 

For more on This Is Us, check out our interview with the show’s creator about that ending, and our chat with the show’s cast

A few more notable ratings from Tuesday night: CBS’ new legal drama Bull opened solid-ish at 9 p.m., with 15.5 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the demo — definitely better than NCIS: New Orleans in the slot last year. NBC’s The Voice (12.2 million, 3.4) was only down a tenth of a point from last year.

The second season of Fox’s Scream Queens (2.2 million, 1.0) at 9 p.m. fell into a ratings pit for its premiere — despite re-setting with some new castmembers and new storyline.  

RELATED: Hear what TV shows to watch and avoid this fall

The fourth season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (3.6 million 1.1) at 10 p.m. likewise dropped off a cliff in the overnights. 

Episode Recaps

NBC’s beloved era-hopping drama tells the story of the Pearson family through the years.
  • TV Show
  • 4
  • Tuesdays at 9:00pm
  • 09/20/16
Complete Coverage
Available For Streaming On