By James Hibberd
September 27, 2017 at 12:05 PM EDT
Ron Batzdorff/NBC

If only This Is Us could reveal Jack’s cause of death every week!

The season 2 return of NBC’s sentimental dramedy hit delivered the show’s biggest ratings ever: 12.6 million viewers and a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49 on Tuesday night. That’s up 36 percent from the series premiere last fall and up 12 percent from the show’s previous all-time best rating. Not only that, it seemingly didn’t even need its lead-in, The Voice (10.6 million, 2.6) — which dropped 23 percent from last season’s opener with new coach Jennifer Hudson.

This Is Us served as a strong lead-in for the premiere of the colon-filled docu-drama Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders (6.2 million, 1.7), which had a solid start.

Fox’s Lethal Weapon (4.3 million, 1.2) also returned last night, though was down quite aways from last fall.

Episode Recaps

This Is Us

NBC’s beloved era-hopping drama tells the story of the Pearson family through the years.

  • TV Show
  • 4
  • Tuesdays at 09:00 PM
  • Dan Fogelman
  • NBC
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