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‘This Is Us’ Gives NBC Its First Golden Globes Drama Series Nom in 10 Years

Variety logo Variety 12/12/2016 Oriana Schwindt
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This Is Us” became the first NBC show nominated in the Golden Globes’ drama series category in 10 years on Monday morning. The family drama scored three Golden Globe nominations total, with Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz both picking up nods in the supporting actress category.

The last NBC drama to have made the cut? “Heroes,” for its first season in 2006. That was also the last year that broadcast series made up the majority of the drama nominations.

“This Is Us” is, by just about any metric, a genuine hit for NBC. It’s averaging a 2.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 9.56 million total viewers just in Nielsen’s Live-Plus-Same Day ratings — it generally adds on another 2.0 in the demo and 5 million viewers once viewing within seven days is counted, and around four tenths of a point in the “C3” ratings that matter to advertisers.

In fact, it’s the only show the network has ever had that’s built on the audience coming out of “The Voice,” and has continued doing so. The Nov. 30 episode actually surpassed “Empire” — considered the barometer of “hit”-dom these days — when viewing within three days was counted.

The HFPA, perhaps moreso than the Emmys of late, has been willing to include at least one broadcast drama in its nominations — though they tended to be big, buzzy hits like “Empire” or understated critical darlings like “The Good Wife.”

The show itself concerns a family consisting of three siblings — twins Kate (Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) and adopted brother Randall (Sterling K. Brown) — and their parents, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Moore). The story jumps back and forth between the present day and Jack and Rebecca raising the kids.

The actors were all submitted in the supporting category, which lumps together all series, limited series, and TV movies — possibly explaining the difficulty for the male actors in breaking through. (Brown got a supporting actor nod, but for playing Chris Darden on FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”)

“This Is Us” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. It also recently snagged the lone broadcast drama entry in the new series category for the WGA Awards nominations. NBC quickly extended the first season to 18 episodes shortly after it premiered.

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