Saturday, May 18, 2024

Ratings: Fans Tiring of Soapy “This is Us”? Lowest Numbers of the Season Last Night Fall 13% from Last Week


Are fans tiring of NBC’s “This is Us”?

Last night’s ratings fell 13% from last week to the lowest of the season– 4,997,000. The episode basically tied with a rerun of “FBI” over on CBS.

The soapy hour is a three hanky weeper every week, with someone dying, or babies being born against all odds, and actors wearing bad makeup to look 20 or 30 years older. The only thing that keeps this mortifying experience afloat is actor Sterling K. Brown, who makes the most ridiculous dialogue sound like Shakespeare.

I don’t know the particulars of last night’s cryathon but I think three babies were born and Griffin Dunne was made to look like Methuselah. And it was February sweeps. Maybe the numbers will come back in delayed viewing.

And yes, Jack is still dead. I think NBC owes Milo Ventimiglia a series of his own.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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