After a great deal of back and forth during the recent government shutdown, President Donald Trump will be delivering the State of the Union address on Feb. 5. This means that, for the second time in three years, the This Is Us season finale will be delayed by NBC. Specifically, the network’s decision to highlight the president’s annual address on Tuesday night means that the This Is Us season 3 finale will be pushed back a week.
This Is Us season 3 finale delayed by State of the Union
According to Entertainment Weekly, the This Is Us season 3 finale was originally supposed to premiere Tuesday, Mar. 26 at 9 p.m. ET. Since Trump’s latest State of the Union will be occurring during the show’s time slot on Feb. 5, however, the final episode of the season will instead air Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 9 p.m. ET. NBC made the announcement just as the network’s participation in the annual Television Critics Association’s winter press tour was getting underway in Los Angeles.
This isn’t the first time that President Trump has forced NBC to delay new episodes of This Is Us. In early 2017, the president’s joint address of Congress pushed the This Is Us season 1 finale back a week from Mar. 7 to Mar. 14.Broadcast and cable networks usually make room for the annual State of the Union address in late January, but Trump’s late Feb. 2017 joint address wasn’t actually a State of the Union. As a result, regular programming like This Is Us was impacted.
So never fear, This Is Us fans! The Trump administration is not specifically targeting you, despite the fact that it has partially been responsible for the delay of two (out of three) season finales.
When will the This Is Us season 3 finale air?
The This Is Us season 3 finale will air Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.