Chicago Fire, Chicago Med surpass 9 million viewers as ratings rise

CHICAGO FIRE -- "I'll Cover You" Episode 818 -- Pictured: Christian Stolte as Randy ?Mouch? McHolland -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "I'll Cover You" Episode 818 -- Pictured: Christian Stolte as Randy ?Mouch? McHolland -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

Chicago Fire surpassed 9 million viewers this week and Chicago Med entered its second week with more than 9 million as live TV ratings keep rising.

With more people watching TV live, both Chicago Fire and Chicago Med saw their live audiences pass nine million viewers this Wednesday.

For Chicago Med, it was the second consecutive week that it brought in at least 9 million people, after last week’s milestone 100th episode.

Live TV audiences have been expanding steadily over the last several weeks, as more people are staying at home and watching live due to current events.

The Chicago Med episode “In the Name of Love” recorded an audience of 9.51 million audience members, making it the most-watched show on broadcast TV for the night.

That was also almost 400,000 people more than the audience for the 100th episode (which was 9.12 million).

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But it was Chicago Fire that had an almost more notable leap, because the show pushed past the 9 million mark after almost getting there the week before.

9.10 million people tuned in to watch “I’ll Cover You” live, which was up from the 8.90 million last time out.

One would expect a continued uptick in momentum for Med, since this was the episode after the massive 100th and there were plenty of big plot twists that then had to be paid off in this episode.

But Fire appeared to be a relatively normal episode, with the plot twists not being revealed until you actually watched it—so it’s more surprising to see that series get to the brass ring.

Unlike Med, it didn’t have anything huge to immediately promote. It was just a good episode that delivered a much larger audience than usual.

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Unfortunately, some work still has to be done in order to get Chicago PD up with the other two series. The Vanessa Rojas-centric “Lines” did not attract anywhere near the audience of the prior two shows, though it wasn’t a slouch either.

Its 7.82 million people watching live was up week to week (compared to last week’s 7.56), but still more than a million viewers behind both of its sister shows. Its 1.2 share among adults 18-49 was also the smallest of the three One Chicago series.

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