One Chicago ratings report: Week of February 20, 2019

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Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD ratings are in for the latest episodes. Here’s the Feb. 20 edition of the One Chicago Ratings Report.

With another week of the One Chicago season in the books, it’s time to take another look at the franchise’s TV ratings with the One Chicago Ratings Report.

One Chicago fans won’t be surprised to hear that this week’s crossover between Chicago Fire and Chicago PD resulted in a fluctuation in the ratings. The crossovers always draw a lot of attention, which is why they’ve become a staple of the franchise.

But how big was the crossover effect this spring?

Before we get into specifics, there’s this amazing statistic: NBC was the most-watched network on Wednesday night by a wide margin, with 9.07 million total viewers. The second-place network, FOX, didn’t even come close with just 5.90 million people watching live.

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That’s a more than 3 million difference, and shows how powerful the One Chicago shows are now that they’re all airing on the same night.

Which, in turn, is good news for fans because it argues for all three of them to be renewed in just a few months—why mess with what is clearly ahead of the competition?

On to the individual ratings: as the one series not part of the crossover, Chicago Med rebounded after last week, but lost its top spot overall. 9.08 million viewers watched live, which is up from the previous 8.33 (+750,000).

But that dropped the show from first to third place amongst the 15 series that aired on broadcast TV this Wednesday.

It held its 1.3 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, but this week that was only good enough to tie for fourth place, whereas last week it was second place.

That’s because CBS had the Survivor: Edge of Extinction premiere, which started off season 38 with a big 1.6 share in the demo and 7.76 million viewers. In contrast, last week CBS’s showing of The World’s Best did only 5.8 million people watching and 0.9 in the demo. So a sizeable group of people migrated to CBS in the 8 p.m. hour, though not necessarily from NBC directly.

Chicago Fire started off the crossover event at 9 p.m. with a live audience of 9.04 million eyeballs, which was up well from last week’s 8.52 (+520,000). That made it third place overall, while it had a demographic result of 1.3, tying it with Chicago Med.

It appears all of that audience and then some followed the storyline through to Chicago PD, since that series rated even higher this time around. It brought in 9.09 million live watchers to become the most-watched program on Wednesday. Its 1.4 share also made it come in third amongst the adults 18-49 group specifically.

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Considering that for most of the season Chicago PD has lagged behind its two sister shows, it’s great to see it top all of broadcast TV this week. It’s also encouraging that the majority of viewers watched the crossover all the way through. These numbers may dip next week because we’ll be back to regular business, but this event was definitely a win all the way around.

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