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.


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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    […] CBS’ “Bull” also got off to a solid start with a 2.2, building slightly on its “NCIS” lead-in (2.1) and retained virtually all of its viewers (15.49 million vs. 15.63 million). Both new shows also were in line with your predictions. […]


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