Broadcast Breakout: ‘This Is Us’ Surges to Best Ratings

'This Is Us' (NBC)
‘This Is Us’ (NBC)

We finally have a breakout hit from the Fall TV 2016 season.

NBC’s much talked-about drama ‘This Is Us‘ captured its biggest audience of the season last night, pulling in 10.93 million viewers, up from 10.53 million from last week’s episode, which was also a season best. The show’s biggest audience to date came in the last new episode of 2016, as the series is off until it returns on January 10th, 2017.

‘This Is Us’ clearly dominated the broadcast TV landscape last night, pulling in a dominant 2.8 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic, significantly building on its ‘The Voice’ lead-in (1.9 in the 18-49 demo). The surging first-year series is the first show to grow the audience from ‘The Voice.’ It’s also serving as a nice boost to veteran ‘Chicago Fire,’ lifting the Dick Wolf drama to a 1.7 in the demo and nearly 8 million viewers.

Often compared to critical favorite ‘Parenthood,’ which wrapped its 6-season run on NBC in 2015, the Dan Fogelman created drama tugs at the heartstrings in most episodes with genuine family and interpersonal issues.

‘This Is Us’ was the first new series to receive a full-season pickup as its first season order was extended to 18 episodes after just one airing on September 27th.

Golden Globe nominee Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown and breakout/Golden Globe nominee Chrissy Metz star.