Two of the most heavily hyped new dramas of the fall make their debuts Tuesday. CBS’ “Bull” and NBC’s “This Is Us” have been getting big promotional pushes from their respective networks and will be given strong lead-ins from which to launch.
So, will they take off?
“Bull” will air after “NCIS” at 9 p.m. ET/PT and stars a beloved former “NCIS” regular, Michael Weatherly, as a hotshot trial consultant (it’s a fictionalized take on the pre-talk show life of Dr. Phil McGraw, who’s an executive producer). As its lead-in, “NCIS” will likely serve up adults 18-49 ratings in the low to mid-2s and a total audience of maybe 18 million people.
“This Is Us,” meanwhile, has a “Parenthood”-ish vibe but arrives with much more fanfare than that show did. It’s airing at 10 p.m. after “The Voice” for a couple weeks before moving into its regular 9 p.m. home (opposite “Bull”) in mid-October. On Tuesday, it should get a lead-in of the low 3s in adults 18-49 and 11 million-12 million viewers.
Vote below on how you think each show’s premiere will fare. The high mark for a series premiere last season was 3.1.