Ratings: This Is Us Opens Strong, No. 2 for the Night; Bull Matches NCIS

Matt Webb Mitovich

NBC’s This Is Us debuted on Tuesday to 10.1 million total viewers and a 2.8 demo rating (per finals), doubling its closest time slot rival and delivering the Big 4’s highest-rated drama debut since last fall’s Supergirl.

It also marks NBC’s highest-rated scripted program in the time slot in more than six years, since an April 2010 episode of Parenthood. TVLine readers gave the premiere an average grade of “A-.”

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Opening the Peacock’s night, The Voice did 12.3 mil and a 3.4, down just a tick from a year ago.

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Elsewhere on Tuesday….

CBS | Despite solid reader reviews (average grade “B+”), NCIS (16 mil/2.2) opened Season 14 down from both a year ago (18.2 mil/2.5) and its May finale (18 mil/2.6). Michael Weatherly’s Bull (15.6 mil/2.2, average grade “B-“) in turn matched NCIS‘ rating. Relocated New Orleans (11.1 mil/1.4) was down sharply from its previous premiere (12.6 mil/1.7) and finale (13.3 mil/1.8), but improved on Limitless‘ Season 1 average (7 mil/1.3) in the time slot.

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ABC | Leading out of DWTS (8.6 mil/1.5), Agents of SHIELD christened its new 10 pm home with 3.4 mil and a 1.1, up from its May finale (3 mil/1.0) as well as Wicked City‘s year-ago launch in the time slot (3.3 mil/0.9); readers gave the premiere an average grade of “B+.”

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FOX | Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.4 mil/1.1), New Girl (2.3 mil/1.2) and Scream Queens (2.17 mil/1.0) all returned up in the demo from their finales, though Scream Queens did so with its second-smallest audience ever (and an average “B” grade).

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