The NBC series has become a breakout hit, earning an unusual two-season renewal. Insiders see the show as a counterweight to dark procedurals and darker times.
The Jan. 10 episode of the drama posted a 5.0 rating among viewers 18-49 with seven-day DVR playback added in, according to Nielsen. That was up 67% from its original 3.0 live-plus-same-day DVR playback rating.
NBC has renewed This Is Us for a second and third season, NBC announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Each season will consist of 18 episodes. The freshman family drama was an out-of-the-gate smash for the network, commercially and critically.