Top 'SVU' Since January 30; 'Chicago Fire' Up Week to Week, Ranks #1 at 10 PM

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March 28th, 2013


via press release:

Wednesday Primetime Results:
  • At 9 p.m. ET, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.7/5 in adults 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) captured its highest 18-49 rating since January 30 and its biggest overall audience since January 9.  “SVU” is up week to week by 6 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 1.7 from a 1.6, also up 13 percent versus last week’s 1.5 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings), and up week to week by 18 percent in total viewers (6.530 million vs. 5.512 million).  Last night's "Law & Order: SVU" grew from half-hour to half-hour by 13 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 1.8 from a 1.6) and 15 percent in total viewers (7.0 million vs. 6.1 million).  Versus its lead-in, "SVU" was up 55 percent in 18-49 rating and 111 percent in total viewers.
  • Keep in mind that last season, “Law & Order: SVU” originals added an average of 47 percent to these next-day “live plus same day” ratings in 18-49 when Nielsen reported “live plus seven day” results.
  • At 10 p.m. ET, “Chicago Fire” (1.8/5 in adults 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) earned week-to-week gains of 6 percent in 18-49 rating (1.8 vs. 1.7) and 8 percent in total viewers (6.901 million vs. 6.392 million).   In total viewers, it’s the top “Chicago Fire” since January 30.
  • In the time period, “Chicago Fire ranked #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 versus ABC’s original “Nashville” and CBS’s encore “CSI.”  "Chicago Fire" is also #1 among those networks in adults, men and women 25-54 and other key demos.
  • In the 10:30 lead-in to local news, “Chicago Fire” delivered a 26 percent margin of victory among ABC, CBS and NBC in the key news demo of adults 25-54 (with a 2.4 rating vs. a 1.9 for ABC’s #2 “Nashville”).
  • From 8-8:30 p.m. ET, “Whitney” averaged a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 3.1 million viewers overall, matching its 18-49 rating of the prior week.
  • From 8:30-9 p.m. ET, a second telecast of “Whitney” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) matched NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in this time period since February 6.  Versus last week’s encore in this slot, “Whitney” was up 38 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 1.1 from a 0.8) and 23 percent in total viewers (3.090 million vs. 2.516 million).
  • Kay

    Chicago Fire was number 1 because CSI was a repeat and going by the numbers it almost didn’t win the night!

  • were123

    The part about Whitney is just plain sad

  • Ross

    Last night was the best SVU I have seen in years.

  • SB

    Against CBS repeats and still less than 2. Not to knock the shows themselves at all but surely the network can’t believe people buy these PR posts. The numbers are correct but they are certainly not something to brag about.

  • Thorn

    There is no way in hell Whitney will be back.

  • Melanie P.

    @Kay, actually a few weeks back CF did beat CSI and they were both new episodes. Although CSI is usually always number 1, CF sits firmly in second and will most certainly be renewed. It is a great show.

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