How ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Black-ish’ Performed in Latest Emmy-Nominated Seasons

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“This Is Us” and “Black-ish” both earned Emmy nominations on Tuesday and are the only two broadcast series in contention for top honors in their respective genres this year. The NBC drama drew its fourth Outstanding Drama nod in five seasons, and the ABC sitcom earned its fourth nomination for top comedy in seven seasons. Though neither has ever won those top categories, that nomination domination is pretty darn good. But how were their Nielsen ratings this season? Readers of this column probably already know “This Is Us” hugely outperforms “Black-ish,” but did it hold up better in an environment where basically every show declines every year? The 2020-21 season of “This Is Us” averaged a 2.0 Nielsen rating among adults 18-49, which is generally considered the key demographic for entertainment programming. The NBC drama drew 9.3 million total viewers per episode. Those figures, which include one week of (mostly) DVR catch-up viewing for each episode of the fifth season, place it among the top shows on all of television — but they’re still down from last season. Dan Fogelman’s Pearson Family drama dropped 31% and 19%, respectively, from Season 4 to Season 5. “Black-ish” Season 7 averaged a 0.6...

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