The series-high ratings for the Season 2 premiere of “This Is Us” the night it aired translated into more highs with a week of delayed viewing.

The NBC series ranks as the top show among adults 18-49 across all of TV for premiere week. It added 2.6 points to its initial 18-49 rating to grow to a 6.5 — surpassing “The Big Bang Theory” and “Sunday Night Football” (each 5.8). To put that in perspective, the show essentially the equivalent of of its entire same-day audience last season following the premiere.

“This Is Us” also added 6.94 million viewers to its total audience in the Live +7 figures — which is huge, but not as huge as the record-setting growth for the premiere of “The Good Doctor.” It added 7.86 million people.

“Designated Survivor” was the percentage-gain leader in both adults 18-49 and viewers, more than doubling its same-day numbers.

Here are the Live +7 rankings for Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017. The rankings include first-run series and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 THIS IS US – P NBC 3.9 6.5 2.6 67%
2 THE GOOD DOCTOR – P ABC 2.2 4.4 2.2 100%
3 WILL & GRACE – P NBC 3.0 5.0 2.0 67%
4 YOUNG SHELDON – P CBS 3.8 5.5 1.7 45%
THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS 4.1 5.8 1.7 41%
6 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC 2.3 3.9 1.6 70%
7 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC 2.1 3.6 1.5 71%
8 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – P ABC 1.1 2.5 1.4 127%
9 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER – P ABC 1.1 2.3 1.2 109%
EMPIRE – P FOX 2.4 3.6 1.2 50%
11 CRIMINAL MINDS – P CBS 1.3 2.4 1.1 85%
CHICAGO FIRE – P NBC 1.5 2.6 1.1 73%
13 SCORPION – P CBS 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
SEAL TEAM – P CBS 1.5 2.5 1.0 67%
THE ORVILLE FOX 1.1 2.1 1.0 91%
CHICAGO PD – P NBC 1.3 2.3 1.0 77%
LAW & ORDER: SVU – P NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71%
LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME – P NBC 1.6 2.6 1.0 63%
19 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – P ABC 1.6 2.5 0.9 56%
NCIS – P CBS 1.6 2.5 0.9 56%
THE BRAVE – P NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
22 THE GOLDBERGS – P ABC 1.8 2.6 0.8 44%
HAWAII FIVE-0 – P CBS 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
SURVIVOR – P CBS 1.8 2.6 0.8 44%
THE BLACKLIST – P NBC 1.1 1.9 0.8 73%
THE GOOD PLACE NBC 1.4 2.2 0.8 57%
THE VOICE – MON. – P NBC 2.6 3.4 0.8 31%

 

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – P ABC 1.1 2.5 1.4 127%
2 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER – P ABC 1.1 2.3 1.2 109%
3 THE GOOD DOCTOR – P ABC 2.2 4.4 2.2 100%
SCORPION – P CBS 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – P FOX 0.7 1.4 0.7 100%
6 THE ORVILLE FOX 1.1 2.1 1.0 91%
7 CRIMINAL MINDS – P CBS 1.3 2.4 1.1 85%
8 HAWAII FIVE-0 – P CBS 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY – P ABC 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
10 GOTHAM FOX 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
11 CHICAGO PD – P NBC 1.3 2.3 1.0 77%
12 CHICAGO FIRE – P NBC 1.5 2.6 1.1 73%
THE BLACKLIST – P NBC 1.1 1.9 0.8 73%
14 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC 2.1 3.6 1.5 71%
LAW & ORDER: SVU – P NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71%
16 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC 2.3 3.9 1.6 70%
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – P CBS 1.0 1.7 0.7 70%
18 THE BRAVE – P NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
19 THIS IS US – P NBC 3.9 6.5 2.6 67%
WILL & GRACE – P NBC 3.0 5.0 2.0 67%
SEAL TEAM – P CBS 1.5 2.5 1.0 67%
INHUMANS – P ABC 0.9 1.5 0.6 67%
THE MICK – P FOX 0.9 1.5 0.6 67%
24 BLUE BLOODS – P CBS 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
25 LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME – P NBC 1.6 2.6 1.0 63%

 

Viewers – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 THE GOOD DOCTOR – P ABC 11352 19211 7859 69%
2 THIS IS US – P NBC 12938 19873 6935 54%
3 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – P ABC 5498 11342 5844 106%
4 WILL & GRACE – P NBC 10195 15849 5654 55%
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS 17657 23078 5421 31%
6 YOUNG SHELDON – P CBS 17215 22461 5246 30%
7 BLUE BLOODS – P CBS 10039 14609 4570 46%
8 SEAL TEAM – P CBS 9875 14248 4373 44%
9 CHICAGO FIRE – P NBC 7188 11466 4278 60%
10 CRIMINAL MINDS – P CBS 7002 11149 4147 59%
11 NCIS – P CBS 13291 17422 4131 31%
12 SCORPION – P CBS 5757 9876 4119 72%
13 CHICAGO PD – P NBC 6114 10159 4045 66%
14 BULL – P CBS 10060 14086 4026 40%
15 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – P CBS 8780 12716 3936 45%
16 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC 8079 11995 3916 48%
17 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC 7007 10769 3762 54%
18 THE BRAVE – P NBC 5958 9670 3712 62%
19 THE BLACKLIST – P NBC 6388 9710 3322 52%
20 HAWAII FIVE-0 – P CBS 8643 11912 3269 38%
21 LAW & ORDER: SVU – P NBC 5640 8831 3191 57%
22 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER – P ABC 3968 7150 3182 80%
23 THE ORVILLE FOX 3699 6811 3112 84%
24 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – P CBS 8949 11935 2986 33%
25 EMPIRE – P FOX 7055 9824 2769 39%

 

Viewers – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – P ABC 5498 11342 5844 106%
2 THE ORVILLE FOX 3699 6811 3112 84%
3 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER – P ABC 3968 7150 3182 80%
4 SCORPION – P CBS 5757 9876 4119 72%
5 THE GOOD DOCTOR – P ABC 11352 19211 7859 69%
6 CHICAGO PD – P NBC 6114 10159 4045 66%
GOTHAM FOX 2867 4773 1906 66%
8 LETHAL WEAPON – P FOX 4370 7119 2749 63%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – P FOX 1963 3206 1243 63%
10 THE BRAVE – P NBC 5958 9670 3712 62%
TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY – P ABC 3444 5595 2151 62%
12 CHICAGO FIRE – P NBC 7188 11466 4278 60%
13 CRIMINAL MINDS – P CBS 7002 11149 4147 59%
14 LAW & ORDER: SVU – P NBC 5640 8831 3191 57%
15 WILL & GRACE – P NBC 10195 15849 5654 55%
16 THIS IS US – P NBC 12938 19873 6935 54%
MODERN FAMILY – P ABC 7007 10769 3762 54%
18 THE BLACKLIST – P NBC 6388 9710 3322 52%
THE MICK – P FOX 2667 4062 1395 52%
20 INHUMANS – P ABC 3723 5580 1857 50%
THE EXORCIST – P FOX 1584 2376 792 50%
22 GHOSTED – P FOX 3582 5321 1739 49%
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – P FOX 2281 3395 1114 49%
24 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC 8079 11995 3916 48%
25 BLUE BLOODS – P CBS 10039 14609 4570 46%

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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