Ratings: 'This Is Us' Abortion Episode Settles for New Series Lows

Ratings: 'This Is Us' Abortion Episode Settles for New Series Lows

01/06/2021

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‘This Is Us’ Abortion Episode Settles for New Series Lows in Both Demo Ratings and Total Viewers

New lead-in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s” Season 2 premiere didn’t help out all that much

“This Is Us” returned with a particularly heavy (even for this show) episode on Tuesday, when Kate (Chrissy Metz) revealed the story of her teenage pregnancy and subsequent abortion.

The NBC drama was the highest-rated show on broadcast television last night, though an “NCIS” rerun an hour earlier actually attracted more overall viewers, with 5.6 million.

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“This Is Us” settled for new series lows in both the key ratings demo and among total viewers last night.

Leading in to “This Is Us” was the Season 2 of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” on its new night. It did just alright (though the former Sunday show reached a new high in viewers) and along with airing a relatively soft “Nurses” episode at 10 p.m., NBC settled for second place in primetime.

ABC was first in ratings with a 0.7 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 3.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC re-aired Disney movie “The Lion King” (the 2019 one) from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. At 10:30 (on the east coast, at least), ABC went to Georgia runoff coverage.

NBC was second in ratings with a 0.6/4 and in viewers with 3.5 million. “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” at 8 p.m. started Season 2 off with a 0.5/3 and 3 million viewers. “This Is Us” at 9 p.m. drew a 1.0/6 and 5.1 million viewers. At 10 p.m., “Nurses” got a 0.3/2 and 2.6 million viewers.

The former lows for a “This Is Us” episode came on March 10, 2020, when the show posted a 1.1 rating and 5.6 million total viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.5/3, but first in viewers with 4.6 million. CBS aired all reruns on Tuesday.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.4/3 and in viewers with 1.8 million. Fox aired special “Gordon Ramsay’s American Road Trip” for the entirety of its two-hour primetime window.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.3/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 697,000. “World’s Funniest Animals” at 8 p.m. had a 0.1/1 and 893,000 viewers. Reruns followed.

Tony Maglio