One Chicago ratings down competing against 2019 CMA Awards

One Chicago franchise 2019-2020 season key art featuring the casts of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC.
One Chicago franchise 2019-2020 season key art featuring the casts of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC. /

Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med dipped in the ratings against the 2019 CMA Awards. See how much in the latest One Chicago ratings report.

The One Chicago franchise is a ratings winner, but even it couldn’t stand up to the power of this year’s Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.

All three Chicago series saw their live numbers dip against ABC‘s broadcast of the CMA Awards, which is not uncommon; special events always impact TV ratings, as fans have already seen when the franchise went up against the 2019 World Series last month.

So how bad was the impact? It varied by show, with some taking bigger hits than others.

Leading off the night, this week’s Chicago Med had an audience of 7.37 million live viewers. That differed from the previous 8.03 (-0.66, or a loss of 660,000).

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Wednesday’s installment “Too Close to the Sun” was the show’s lowest-rated episode in three weeks.

But with its toughest competition The Masked Singer continuing to lose viewers week-to-week—the FOX series is now down in the mid 5-millions after being close to 8 million in its premiere—and an otherwise quiet night, that was still enough for Chicago Med to be the second most-watched show on broadcast TV behind only the aforementioned CMA Awards.

The One Chicago medical drama lost to the awards in its time slot, but was still a million-plus better than a two-hour Survivor episode on CBS and The Masked Singer, which fell all the way from second to fourth in the 8 p.m. time slot.

Amongst adults 18-49, the episode scored a 1.1 share, meaning it stayed steady in that category yet again this week.

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The latest Chicago Fire episode “Seeing is Believing” recorded 7.15 million people watching live. That was down, too, compared to last Wednesday’s 7.64 million (-0.49, or 490,000).

The show dropped one spot in total viewers, but also benefited from weak competition. Aside from the CMA Awards and the second hour of Survivor, nothing at 9 p.m. even passed the 2 million mark.

Fire did regain the tenth it lost amongst adults 18-49, going back to a 1.1 after spending last week at a 1.0 share.

And at 10 p.m. with even less competition (thanks to some broadcast networks switching over to local news), there was Chicago PD. This week’s episode took the least damage, with 6.43 million only down slightly from the prior 6.44 (-0.01, or a miniscule 1,000).

It had more than double the audience of a new SWAT episode on CBS (3.05 million). But “No Regrets” did once again come up as the lowest-rated One Chicago show, and was sixth in total viewers again. It was also sixth out of 10 shows in the adults 18-49 demo.

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