It’s no surprise that NBC is renewing “This Is Us,” its breakout freshman series and the No. 1 new show on broadcast TV this season.

What is (somewhat) surprising is that the network has given the greenlight for two more seasons of the series, which will take it through 2018-19. NBC announced the news Wednesday during its time at the winter TV press tour.

“‘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,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke says in a statement. “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 far and a way the top-rated new series of the season so far: Its 2.6 same-day rating in adults 18-49 is 44 percent higher than its closest rookie competition (“Kevin Can Wait,” 1.8). With a week of DVR and on-demand viewing the show improves to a 4.6 in adults 18-49, and its viewer total rises from 9.55 million to 14.63 million.

It’s also been a very consistent performer, never dropping below a 2.3 in its initial ratings, and is the first show on NBC that has consistently built on “The Voice” lead-in audience.

Seasons 2 and 3, like the current season, will likely run for 18 episodes each. Six episodes remain in the current season.

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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