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TV ratings: 'This is Us' against World Series Finals

"This Is Us" returned on Tuesday night for its fifth season, but struggled to score the ratings it had in the past.

Compared to the World Series' sixth and final game, "This Is Us" scored 1.3 by adults 18-49 and 7.1 million overall viewers. Although that viewer tally is just above last season's average, that rating marks a 28% decrease from the 4-curtain raiser season. In the positive side, "This Is Us" continued to draw on its lead-in "The Voice," which delivered 1.0 and 7.4 million viewers. It's also worth noting that late TV viewership is down across the board, and that "This Is Us" is one of the best performers in delayed and digital viewing broadcasting.

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Meanwhile, about 12.6 million viewers averaged to see the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch the World Series versus Tampa Bay Rays on Fox. Overall, the World Series sank to a record low TV audience following a trend of live sports in this year's ratings.

ABC finished seventh in the overall network race, thanks to "The Bachelorette," which finished in at 1.2 and 4.3 million viewers last week. "The Conners" and "Black-is" replays followed with 0.5 and 0.3 respectively.

On CBS, a rare "Price is Right at Night" came in with a 0.7 rating and just under 5 million viewers. A primetime special "Let's Make a Deal" followed with 0.6 and 4 million pairs of eyeballs, with "FBI: Declassified" closing out the night at 0.3 and 2.5 million viewers.

"Swamp Thing" earned 0.2 and 915,000 CW viewers, followed by "Tell Me a Lie" with 0.1 and 482,000.

"Medicos" and "Imperio De Mentiras" all ran 0.4 for Univision, while "Todo Por Mi Hija" and "Falsa Identidad" led Telemundo at 0.3.

Sterling K. Brown as Randall
Sterling K. Brown as Randall

Sterling K. Brown thanked 'This Is Us' viewers during emotional season premiere: 'Engrave his Emmy now'

Premiere Season 5 tackled police brutality after George Floyd 's death

Sterling K. Brown led Tuesday's fans on an emotional journey during the Season 5 opener.

The character of the 44-year-old, Randall, joins in an explosive battle with the character of Justin Hartley, Kevin, as he starts to wonder whether he has the same birthday as himself and their sister Kate, played by Chrissy Metz.

When they both struggle with the coronavirus pandemic, Brown 's character sinks into extreme despair after hearing about George Floyd 's death and the racial reckoning that preceded the shooting on May 25.

In a chat with his adopted daughter Dejah 's boyfriend, Malik, Randall remembers an incident of police violence that he experienced as a teenager, the case of Jonny E. Gammage who died of suffocation as a cop kneeled on his neck and pinned him down with a baton, the Associated Press said.

Brown 's character admits he never discussed physically how he feels about it growing up in a mostly white family.

"Malik and Randall love this moment. I hate bonding with pain in the news and becoming a black male ... but it's a fact for most black people. # ThisIsUs, "one Twitter-commented follower.

Brown 's character also has an explosive exchange with Metz 's character, who confidently declares that her son went to his "initial protest"—and then questions what black causes she should contribute to her own study rather than do.

In these scenes, Randall struggles to explain why recent police brutality incidents weren't fresh.

"'I'm tired.' Hey Randall, you're referring about too many of us of near mates from other races who mean well but don't want about 'tell the wrong thing.' #ThisIsUs is referring Reality tonight. Well done, @ThisIsUsWriters," one fan said about that scene.

Another wrote, "Randall may have talked to Kate for himself, but I think he spoke for all black people. We're tired # ThisIsUs."

Randall later fired his White Psychiatrist, finding a Black Psychiatrist to cope with his trauma.

"I'm not disintegrating. I have no breakdown. I'm really, really sad, "he told his partner, Beth [Susan Kelechi Watson] at the end of the broadcast. She responded," This pain isn't forever.

Brown 's performance received much praise from viewers who claimed he was the best actor in the series and deserved a reward for the intense coaster premiere.

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