UPDATED: Fans got answers as favorite Tuesday series started new seasons.
"NCIS" resolved that cliffhanger from last season, when Gibbs and McGee were taken hostage in Paraguay. The CBS drama drew 13.3 million viewers for its 15th season premiere. Gibbs and McGee will be back on the job, but they will be changed, CBS suggested in a preview for next week.
"This Is Us" started its second season by offering more clues about how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) died. The NBC drama attracted 12.9 million viewers — its biggest audience yet — according to Nielsen ratings released Wednesday afternoon. (The previous high was 12.8 million for the first-season finale.)
In the time-hopping drama, Jack's three children celebrated their 37th birthdays. But most of the attention was on Jack, who talked of his alcoholism and drew the unwavering support of wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore).
SPOILER ALERT: As the episode closed, Rebecca was crying about a fire at the family home, and evidently Jack died in it.
Back to the numbers: "NCIS" and "This Is Us" were the ratings leaders for the night. "This Is Us" posted its best showing ever with the 18-to-49 age group: a 3.9 rating, up from a 3.4 for the first-season finale.
CBS started new seasons of "Bull" (10.1 million total viewers) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.8 million).
NBC continued "The Voice" (10.9 million) and started "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (6.1 million). But NBC had the top two series with the 18-to-49 age group: "This Is Us" and "The Voice." "Menendez Murders" and "NCIS" tied for third.
CBS had the most viewers, although there was more competition than usual from ABC. The Disney-owned network offered a Tuesday edition of "Dancing With the Stars," which averaged 7.2 million fans. Pop singer Debbie Gibson was ejected.
ABC started the night with "Celebrity Family Feud" and 6.1 million viewers.
Fox rolled out the season premieres of "Lethal Weapon" (4.4 million), "The Mick" (2.7 million) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2 million).
The network averages in total viewers: CBS with 10.7 million viewers, NBC with 10 million, ABC with 6.8 million, Fox with 3.4 million and The CW with 640,000 for reruns. The CW starts new seasons for its series the week of Oct. 9.
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