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‘This Is Us’ Season Finale Beats ‘The Walking Dead’ Thanks To Zombie Jack — Ratings Watch

Among new shows, "Rise" was tops in the demos, while "Instinct" led with viewers. Live+3 TV ratings charts for the week ending March 18, 2018.

Milo Ventimiglia

“This Is Us”

NBC

Jack lives! Well, no, not really. He’s about as alive as Carl on “The Walking Dead” at this point. But the Season 2 finale of NBC smash “This Is Us,” titled “The Wedding,” was a ratings bonanza, and featured an imaginary flash-forward (revealed to be a recurring Kate dream) in which Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) was still alive and renewing his wedding vows with Rebecca (Mandy Moore).

The episode was ultimately about the wedding of Kate (Chrissy Metz) to Toby (Chris Sullivan) and the ensuing drama. But with so much going on, viewers flocked to the finale, which was the No. 1 program among adults 18-49 (4.4 rating) for the week ending March 18, when three days’ worth of DVR and VOD time shifting is included. That means it jumped ahead of juggernaut “The Walking Dead,” which was close behind at No. 2.

NBC’s “Rise” led the week’s premieres (1.7 rating), followed by CBS’ “Instinct” (1.3) and ABC’s “For the People” (1.1). “Instinct” was the most-watched new show of the week, with 10.9 million viewers.

Meanwhile, with March Madness underway, several NCAA basketball games made it into the top 25 — giving TruTV a rare appearance on the ranker.

On Xfinity’s ranker of top video on-demand shows last week, “American Idol” premieres at a solid No. 3.

Here are this week’s rankers:

Adults 18-49 ranker, week ending March 18, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

RATING

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

RATING

1

This Is Us NBC

4.4

2.8

2

The Walking Dead AMC

4.2

2.8

3

Grey’s Anatomy ABC

 2.9

1.8

4

The Good Doctor ABC

2.8

1.8

tie

The Voice (Monday) NBC

2.8

2.4

6

9-1-1 Fox

2.7

1.6

7

The Voice (Tuesday) Fox

2.6

2.3

8

Survivor CBS

2.3

1.7

9

American Idol (Monday) ABC

2.2

1.8

tie

American Idol (Sunday) ABC

2.2

1.8

11

NCIS CBS 

2.0

1.5

tie

Chicago PD NBC

2.0

1.2

tie

Will & Grace NBC

2.0

1.2

tie

Law & Order: SVU NBC

2.0

1.3

15

NCAA Basketball: Ohio St. vs. Gonzaga CBS

1.9

1.9

16

Scandal ABC

1.7

1.1

tie

Criminal Minds CBS

1.7

0.9

tie

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky vs. Davidson CBS

1.9

1.5

tie

Bull CBS

1.7

1.2

tie

Rise NBC

1.7

1.2

tie

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State vs. UMBC TruTV

1.7

1.7

22

How To Get Away With Murder ABC

1.6

1.0

23

Family Guy Fox

1.5

1.0

tie

The Middle ABC

1.5

1.1

tie

American Housewife ABC

1.5

1.0

tie

60 Minutes CBS

1.5

1.4

tie

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

1.5

1.0

Adults 18-49; ratings points. Source: Nielsen Media Research
Mark Harmon, Emily Wickersham

“NCIS”

CBS

Total viewers ranker, week ending March 18, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

NCIS CBS

16.28

13.27

2

This Is Us NBC

15.61

10.94

3

The Good Doctor ABC 

 14.57

9.89

4

Bull CBS

13.50

10.64

5

The Voice (Monday) NBC 

 13.40

11.88

6

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC 

12.67

11.18

7

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

12.27

9.25

8

Instinct CBS

10.88

9.05

9

60 Minutes CBS

10.51

10.08

10

NCIS: Los Angeles CBS

10.34

8.03

11

Survivor CBS

9.97

8.38

12

Grey’s Anatomy ABC

9.91

7.19

13

9-1-1 Fox 

9.88

6.55

 tie

Chicago PD NBC

9.88

6.54

15

American Idol (Monday) ABC

9.77

8.41

16

The Walking Dead AMC

9.76

6.68

17

American Idol (Sunday) ABC

9.19

7.81

18

Criminal Minds CBS

8.82

5.70

19

Law & Order: SVU NBC

8.25

6.13

20

Little Big Shots NBC

8.18

7.54

21

Madam Secretary CBS

7.91

5.72

22

The Blacklist NBC 

7.63

5.55

23

Rise NBC 

7.56

5.50

24

The Big Bang Theory (Monday) CBS 

7.37

7.08

25

Man With a Plan CBS

7.15

6.35

Total viewers; in millions. Source: Nielsen Media Research
AMERICAN IDOL - Ò101 (Auditions)Ó - The gold standard of all music competition series, ÒAmerican Idol,Ó will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home on AmericaÕs network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (ABC/Mark Levine)BENJAMIN GLAZE (ENID, OK), LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN

“American Idol”

ABC

Here is this week’s Xfinity On Demand ranker:

Top 20 TV Series, March 12-18, 2018:

RANK

SHOW

NETWORK

1

This Is Us

NBC

2

9-1-1

Fox

3

American Idol

 ABC

4

The Good Doctor

ABC

5

Game of Thrones

 HBO

6

Homeland

Showtime

7

The Chi

 Showtime

8

The Simpsons

Fox

9

The Voice

NBC

10

The Walking Dead

AMC

11

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

FX

12

The Alienist

TNT

13

The Resident

Fox

14

Will & Grace

NBC

15

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

16

The Arrangement

E!

17

 Good Girls

NBC

18

Law & Order: SVU

NBC

19

Chicago PD

NBC

20

Family Guy

Fox/Adult Swim

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