This Is Us series finale has had the show’s highest ratings since November 2020

We’re not crying, the shows that went head-to-head with Tuesday’s This Is Us series finale are crying.

Wipe your eyes, last night’s This Is Us series finale just earned the best live ratings on the show since November 2020.

The ending of Season 6 (and the series) was rated a 1.27 among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. This is the key entertainment programming demo that most ad-supported shows use to sell their ad time. In terms of total viewers, counting everyone ages 2 and up (although your toddler probably shouldn’t be a regular primetime viewer), 6.4 million Americans tuned in to say goodbye to the Pearsons.

Those two numbers mark the NBC drama’s best performance since the beginning of season five. The second episode of this season (a 1.31) was the last to top this episode in ratings among (relatively) young adults. Episode number 503 was the last to have more viewers overall, at 6.6 million. Both episodes had “The Voice” as their introduction.

In fact, the latest This Is Us episode enjoyed the highest rating in the main demo of all the entertainment series that aired without an NFL lead the 2021/22 TV season.

Tears rolled down a second screen, too: On social media, the series finale This Is Us generated 1.5 million interactions, the most for any scripted series finale that aired or was ad-supported this season. In fact, the only scripted television episode this season with more social interaction was the March 15 premiere of the second season of the NBC comedy Young Rock. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has 16.1 million Twitter followers, 317 million Instagram followers, 52.7 million TikTok followers, and 59 million Facebook followers — and he knows how to use them.

While last night saw a particularly strong urge to watch “This Is Us” in real-time, the show has been filling DVRs since its 2016-17 debut. Including a week-long time shift, This Is Us has been the #1 show among adults 18-49 every season since its release. In fact, this year it was the number one entertainment series – ie drama or comedy – in the key demo. (That last claim is for 16 episodes of the 18-episode season, so the gap should only widen.)

If you weren’t one of the millions who yelled it all out last night and don’t mind some spoilersread the IndieWire review of Dan Fogelman’s farewell here.

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Lindsay Lowe

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