Big three! Three seasons, that is. NBC’s tear-jerking breakout hit This Is Us has been renewed times two -- for a second and a third season of 18 episodes each. Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, made the exciting announcement on the show’s Television Critics Association winter press tour panel.
“We all got our wish that this is a hit show. This Is Us is as good as anything we’ve ever had, we’re thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there’s no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we’re grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan Fogelman. In a world where there are literally hundreds of television dramas, we’re proud to have one of the very best that is also one of the highest-rated.”
This Is Us is a clear winner for NBC, and the network has shown its support before, giving the show the first full-season pick-up in the fall. This Is Us has been a critical darling, earning rave reviews since its pilot. It has been nominated for three Golden Globes (Drama Series, Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz) and for a Screen Actors Guild Award for a very deserving Sterling K. Brown. The Critics Choice and the WGA have also recognized the time-jumping drama.
Critics are not the only ones who love the freshman show, though; This Is Us is the number 1 new show of the season in the 18-49 demo, and the fourth entertainment series on television, with an average rating of 4.6 and 14.6 million viewers in “live plus seven day.” In its first episode back after its five-week hiatus, it drew a new “live plus same day” series record in adults 18-49, with a 3.0 rating. The episode also set a new series record in L+3, with a 4.6 rating, delivering NBC’s top rating in the time slot with scripted programming since April 2008. From its heavily watched first episode -- fall’s top-rated series premiere with 10.1 million viewers and 2.8 demo rating -- the show has dominated Tuesday nights easily.
According to NBC, to date, 72 million people have watched the show’s first 10 episodes. Those numbers come as no surprise; the show had quite a lot of buzz even before it premiered, seeing that its trailer got more than 105 million views.
The dramedy is written and executive produced by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love). John Requa (Focus; Crazy, Stupid, Love), Ken Olin (Alias, Brothers & Sisters) and Glenn Ficarra, (Focus; Crazy, Stupid, Love) direct and executive produce. Also executive producing are Jess Rosenthal (Fire with Fire) and Charlie Gogolak (Focus).
The show about the Pearson family stars Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember, Tangled), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Gilmore Girls), Justin Hartley (Smallville, Revenge), Chrissy Metz (American Horror Story), and Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), who we spoke with about This Is Us before it premiered. Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie, The Blacklist), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, Stranger Things) and Ron Cephas Jones (Mr. Robot, Luke Cage) round up the all-star cast.
This Is Us is an excellently written show, beautifully directed with brilliant and powerful performances, so we couldn't be happier with the double renewal. Now, if they could just get rid of Miguel...