Chicago Fire season 8: A closer look at the schedule

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Until The Weather Breaks" Episode 719 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Until The Weather Breaks" Episode 719 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

What does Chicago Fire season 8’s schedule reveal about the upcoming season? Look at how Chicago Fire fits into NBC’s schedule and its competition.

With a new season of Chicago Fire, comes a new schedule for fans to look at and wonder: What does that mean? How could it affect the show?

A TV show’s schedule is perhaps the one thing fans overlook each season. Where a show is placed and what it’s up against matter to a series’ success, and thus its chances for renewal. It’s not only about what’s on the screen.

Is it in a good time slot or a bad one? Will it end up getting preempted at some point? Is it going up against bigger or more highly-rated competition? Does it just not make sense?

So with all these questions in mind, it’s time to take a look at the Chicago Fire season 8 schedule and see what we can find out.

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Time slot: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT

History: The 2019-2020 season is Chicago Fire‘s second in this time slot; it moved from Thursdays at 10 p.m. when NBC consolidated all of the Chicago series on Wednesday evening.

The change has worked out in the show’s favor, as its ratings grew last season and it had a few episodes that made it the most-watched broadcast TV series on Wednesday night.

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Direct competition in the same time slot: Modern Family and Single Parents (ABC), SEAL Team (CBS), Almost Family (FOX), Nancy Drew (The CW)

Competitive landscape: Of the three One Chicago series, Chicago Fire returns to the easiest competition. It’s going up against two brand-new shows in FOX‘s Almost Family and The CW‘s Nancy Drew, and two sitcoms over on ABC. The only program that might appeal to the same audience is CBS‘s military drama SEAL Team.

While FOX and The CW will be looking to establish new fan bases in the 9 p.m slot, NBC has a well-established show. Aside from Modern Family (which is heading into its 11th and final season) no other series in this hour has been on the air for more than three seasons. Fire is a known name and should have no problem getting off to a strong start.

Prognosis: While Chicago Fire is getting older (it’ll reach its seventh anniversary in October), it has no worry about slowing down in this time slot. There’s only one series with a similar appeal and a pair of shows that will be trying to make names for themselves; expect Fire to hold strong as long as it keeps turning out quality episodes.

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