How did Chicago Med season 3, Chicago PD season 5 and Chicago Fire season 6 fare in the ratings this week? Find out in the One Chicago Ratings Report.
Another week in the One Chicago season has gone by, so it’s time for another edition of the One Chicago Ratings Report.
Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med all ran out new episodes this week, in one of the last times we’ll have all three shows together on the schedule this season. So did any of them start a new month off with a bang?
On Tuesday, the Chicago Med episode “This Is Now” came in with 5.75 million live viewers. That is down for the third week in a row.
The show was seventh among all broadcast TV shows in total viewers, and tied for eighth among adults 18-49. That’s up one spot in the former, and down two in the latter.
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Looking at its direct competition, Chicago Med is still considerably behind CBS‘s NCIS: New Orleans (which had 8.11 million eyes this week).
But it’s well over ABC‘s For The People (2.23 million), and still gaining over its lead-in Rise (which came in at 3.83 million).
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On Wednesday, Chicago PD returned with its first new episode in two weeks. “Allegiance” brought in 6.06 million live watchers.
There’s good and bad to be had with this. It was good enough to make PD the third most-watched show on broadcast TV Wednesday night, and tied for fourth amongst that coveted adults 18-49 group.
While it’s not bad to lose to your semi-sister program, it’s not great that PD slipped from what’s been a pretty consistent history of leading the night for the network. Even The Blacklist was less than a million viewers behind, with 5.47 million clocked in this week.
Keep reading after the jump for this week’s Chicago Fire ratings update as we wrap up another week in One Chicago.
Thursday’s Chicago Fire episode “The Unrivaled Standard” pulled in 5.4 million live viewers. It’s on par with last week’s 5.41 million, in the last week before the super-sized season finale.
It edged a new episode of CBS’s SWAT (5.1 million) and, for those keeping score between the two firefighter shows, has an even narrower margin with ABC’s Station 19 (5.2 million), though that is on an hour earlier at 9 p.m.
Fire is still NBC’s most-watched show on Thursdays (though unlike PD, the distinction is less of a big deal because the rest of the night is half-hour comedies). And though it’s worth keeping an eye on that close gap with its direct competition, it’s winning its time slot for now.
What does all of this mean? There are pros and cons for our favorite franchise. Each one of these shows is the network’s most popular scripted show on its night, but the margins between them and their direct competitors are either close or they’re behind. The best cure for any uncertainty would be to knock out some big wins in the next two weeks.
With just two weeks left in the One Chicago TV season, let’s hope for some big gains in the final ratings! Keep your eyes on this column to see how each of our shows finishes their season.