Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NBC Orders 5 More Episodes of 'This Is Us'

After airing only one episode, NBC's This Is Us is the first new show of the broadcast season to be picked up for a full season. NBC has just ordered five more episodes for the first season - bringing its total to 18 episodes.

"We are thrilled. This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we'd wanted and hoped for," said executive producer Dan Fogelman. "We'd carefully mapped out an 18-chapter story for the first year of the show, and this allows us to follow through with our exact initial intent. And to get the order so early on is a tremendous show of confidence and a boost for our entire cast and crew. I'm starting to sound like a broken record but I have to thank Dana, Gary, Jonnie, Howard and my amazing partners at 20th as well as Bob and Jen and the fine folks at NBC for continuing to do absolutely everything right by me and this show. I'd gush more but I have to go back to work."

"It's a rare moment in this business when a show so instantly delivers both critical acclaim and hit ratings, but This Is Us is just such an extraordinary achievement," said Jennifer Salke, NBC Entertainment president. "Creator Dan Fogelman, along with co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and the gifted producers, cast and crew, has delivered the kind of heart and depth that resonates with every segment of the audience, and we're proud to extend its presence on our schedule."

This Is Us currently stands as the highest-rated new series of the 2016-17 season. When factoring in three days of delayed viewing, the premiere has been seen by 13.530 million total viewers and posted a 4.2 rating in the key Adults 18-49 demographic.