This is why This is Us wasn't on this week and when you can catch episode 3 of season 5

This is Us season 5 has got us hooked

This is US stars: Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore as Jack and Rebecca Pearson
(Image credit: Jeff Lipsky/NBC )

When the long-awaited season 5 of the hit NBC show This is Us kicked off last week, it was instantly clear we were in for a dramatic ride. But after drawing us in with plenty of cliffhangers, secrets and what-if moments, fans are still no closer to finding out more.

Viewers were left disappointed this week as it emerged that there would be no new episode airing. And with more and more of us looking for things to do in lockdown, waiting seems harder than ever. In fact, we’ll have to wait even longer to find out what happens next. 

The promo video NBC released for the next episode teased even more drama to come as the plot threads finally begin to unravel. After a wild ending to the second episode, it seems speculating is all we can do right now as the next episode's air date was pushed back. 

The delay is all due to the US 2020 election which took place on Tuesday 3 November. In place of the usual instalment of This is Us drama, lies and romance, the major networks—including NBC—aired election coverage during primetime.

So when can we see This is Us season 5 episode 3 in the US and the UK?

With people across the world wondering how to cope with election anxiety, thankfully there is some good news for This is Us fans. The show will return to its normal 9pm ET slot on Tuesday 10 November, providing some much-needed escapism. This is Us season 5, episode 3 will be available the next day—Wednesday 11 November—for UK viewers on Amazon Prime.

With the promo teasing more details about the adoption and more of Kevin and Madison it seems we’re about to see our patience pay off. 

Until then, we might just have to indulge in some more brilliant theories!

WHAT'S HAPPENED SO FAR IN THIS IS US Season 5?

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

During the first two episodes of the new season, we learned that Kevin and Madison are still expecting twins, Rebecca is recovering from memory loss and Toby and Kate may have found a child to adopt. 

And if that’s not all, as Randall is still yet to reconcile with Kevin. Though viewers have also discovered that his biological mother Laurel *might* still be alive after all. Say WHAT?! 

Fans have already been going wild on theories about this particular cliffhanger and where Laurel might be now. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!