Family drama This Is Us has been a huge success for NBC this season, and now the network has rewarded the show with a massive renewal order. NBC revealed today that the series has been renewed for Season 2 and 3 in one fell swoop.
NBC announced the renewal order for This Is Us today, revealing that the popular series has been picked up for two seasons, which will each have at least 18 episodes. This Is Us got a full season order from NBC just last September, after only airing a few episodes. The show had already been highly anticipated, with the trailer, which was released last May, being viewed over 105 million times online. The drama then debuted as the number one new show of the fall, with a 4.5 rating in the coveted 18-49 age bracket, and 14.3 million viewers in Live +5 day averages. Interest in the show hasn't died down any, either. New episodes average a 4.6 rating in that same key demo and 14.6 million viewers in Live +7 results from Nielsen. This makes This Is Us the number one new show of the season in the key demo and television's number four entertainment series, overall, in that demographic.
In short, This Is Us is a big, fat magnificent hit for NBC and the network knows how to keep fans happy (at least some of the time). With all the success the show has had this season, a renewal for Season 2 isn't much of a shock. The surprise comes in knowing that NBC is going to go ahead and stand behind the series for Season 3 already, as well. It's rare that new shows get multi-season renewals; feats like that are usually reserved for older shows that are very well established and have cemented places for themselves in the TV lineup. Shows like NCIS (currently in Season 14) and The Big Bang Theory (now in Season 10) are a lot more likely to get picked up for more than one season at a time than even a newbie phenomenon such as This Is Us. So, it's pretty clear that NBC has tons of faith in the show to continue to perform well.
Along with being super popular with audiences, This Is Us has been lauded by critics and industry insiders, as well. It's already been nominated for a number of awards, including Best Television Series Drama at the recent Golden Globes, where stars Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz were each nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The show focuses on young couple Jack and Rebecca Pearson, who we watch as they are expecting and then raising their young family; their adult twins Kate and Kevin as they deal with personal and professional trials and triumphs; and their adoptive brother Randall, his family and his recently discovered biological father, William. This Is Us flashes back and forth between the past before the kids were born, when the children were growing up and during their present day activities.
You can follow along with all the heart-tugging, emotional family drama as This Is Us airs Tuesdays on NBC. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend and we'll keep you up to date on additional This Is Us renewal news as it becomes available.