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THIS IS US Featuring Justin Hartley Receives Two-Season Pick Up By NBC!

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If you have not caught NBC’s This Is Us, you better start now because it’s not going anywhere! The NBC touching, human drama has officially been renewed by the network for two more seasons! In fact, NBC ordered the upcoming seasons with a minimum of 18 installments each.

The series features an ensemble cast led by: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.

As for Hartley, who soap fans miss as Adam Newman on Y&R, his performances as Kevin Pearson on the primetime series have made many take notice, and that there is an extraordinary future ahead for this talented gent.

Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment expressed: “We all got our wish that this is a hit show. This Is U 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.”

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According to an NBC  press release:  “This Is Us is averaging a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.6 million viewers overall in ‘live plus seven day’ results from Nielsen Media Research, making it the #1 new show of the season in 18-49 and television’s #4 entertainment series in that key demographic.  It returned to the schedule this last week after a five-week break and set a new ‘live plus same day’ series record in adults 18-49 (3.0 rating). This episode also set a new series record in L+3 (18-49) with a 4.6 rating, delivering NBC’s top rating in the timeslot with scripted programming since April 2008.

To date, 72 million total viewers have viewed the first 10 episodes in some fashion on all platforms. Linear viewership plus views on all devices of the pilot episode since Sept. 20 stands at an estimated 10.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. The show to date is averaging an estimated 8.3 rating in 18-49 most current data (includes long-tail viewing through various number of days available per episode, i.e. 114 days for the pilot, 107 days for episode 2, etc.).  On digital platforms, This Is Us is NBC’s most-viewed series premiere on record,  more than doubling the network’s previous record for most one-day views of a debuting series across NBC digital platforms.

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Happy to hear This Is Us received a phenomenal two-season pickup, and happy to see the success of Justin Hartley? Comment below!

 

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Ruthie
Ruthie

Although I originally tuned in to see Justin Hartley, (secretly hoping the show would bomb, so he would return to The Young and the Restless), I am fully vested for the long run in this phenomenal series. The lead actors are doing a great job with the fantastic story line they have been given. Kudos also to Gerald McRaney. I always enjoy his recurring appearances. Good for you, NBC! You’ve got a winner!

diane
diane

Agree 100%!! I would not have checked it out had it not been for Justin, but I was hooked after the first show!! My new favorite show on all of television!!

elm1951
elm1951

phenomenal show and awesome acting – i am not surprised………..love the show!!

dmr
dmr

Absolutely, the casting, writing, directing, etc., etc., etc.,-all exceptional choices! It’s my favorite new show and I look forward to watching it and escaping for an hour; although, I usually cry from the first scene all the way through. It’s just so touching and it has its comedic points, as well.

Ray
Ray

This is great news. Last night’s episode was amazing. Gerald McRaney turned in a great performance. How great was it to see the beautiful Susan Blakely last night? Mandy and Milo need to submit their performances for the next Emmy Awards.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Unfortunately most of the Primetime Emmy Awards are going to cable shows or netflix shows these days, rarely has a network drama or comedy even make the nominations these days—-sigh

JMER
JMER

Of course it’s happy news. GH used to be this heart warming and emotionally intelligent at one time, pre-Guza. Glad I have a show geared toward me.

su0000
su0000

Justin Hartley, made a good move out of Y&R and into an advancing career..
Justin changing in Adam for Kevin Pearson was a great move, indeed ..
”This Is Us” is a favourite of mine..

Jenny
Jenny

I thought you only liked rape, murder, mobsters, and constsnt misery!! This show seems a little soft for you!

su0000
su0000

hi Jenny..
You ”thought” wrong..
Only certain characters that were created for be murdering mobsters are expected to deliver their dark side, not the whole of all the characters..

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This is wonderful news. This Is Us is thoroughly entertaining television. I am completely blown away by the cast, their characters, the stories, and the production value. My most sincere thank you to everyone who makes this amazing series possible.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I just started watching this show and i have to say it’s phenomenal. The writing is the best I’ve seen on a show in a long time. Not one stone gets left unturned. Good to have a drama on our screens that make for a fast hour of viewing.

Timmm
Timmm

Thank God a real show with real characters who can act their butts off took off and is going to stay on the air for at least two more years! The writing is so good! Gerald McRaney is awesome!

Kevin C
Kevin C

My favorite show since St Elsewhere which says a lot…Phenomenal in every way.

su0000
su0000

” This Is Us” is a primetime Soap series, actually..
A never ending family story ..

Patrick
Patrick

these posts make it all seem logical

post your hearts worth… and it takes

it’s in wonderment… that a show appeals all of it

WOW.. I applaud

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