'Chicago Fire' Hits Highest Rating Since February 27

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May 16th, 2013

Chicago Fire

via press release:

  • At 10 p.m. ET, Chicago Fire (1.9/5 in adults 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) climbed to its top 18-49 rating since February 27.  "Chicago Fire" grew versus its prior original for a third consecutive original telecast, up 6 percent versus its 1.8 on May 8, up 12 percent versus its 1.7 on May 1 and up 19 percent versus its 1.6 on April 3.  In the time period, "Chicago Fire" is #2 among ABC, CBS and NBC in 18-49, a tenth of a point behind CBS's "CSI," and #1 or tied for #1 among those networks in adults and men 18-34 and women 18-49.  Note that “Chicago Fire” is a heavily time-shifted series, with its prior telecast growing by 43 percent going from these next-day “live plus same day” ratings in 18-49 (1.83) to “live plus three day” results (2.62).
  • It's the 11th time this season "Chicago Fire" has matched or topped its premiere 1.9 rating in 18-49.  The only other new dramas on the broadcast networks to have done it even once are Fox’s “The Following” and NBC’s “Hannibal” (once each).  It's also the 11th time "Chicago Fire" has topped its premiere audience of 6.6 million, while the only other new drama on the broadcast networks to have done it even once this season is “Hannibal
  • "Chicago Fire" grew from its first half-hour to its second in 18-49 rating (to a 2.0 from a 1.9), despite the 10 p.m. hour, moving into first place among ABC, CBS and NBC from 10:30-11.  "Chicago Fire" is the only 10 p.m. drama on ABC, CBS and NBC this season to have grown on average from its first half-hour to its second.
  • At 9 p.m. ET, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.5/4 in adults 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) grew from its first half-hour to its second in every key ratings category, including gains of 14 percent in adults 18-49 (to a 1.6 from a 1.4) and 10 percent in total viewers (6.7 million vs. 6.1 million).  Note that “Law & Order: SVU” adds significant viewership through time-shifting, with its prior telecast growing by 31 percent going from these next-day “live plus same day” ratings in 18-49 (1.89) to “live plus three day” results (2.48).
  • At 8 p.m. ET, the first Wednesday “Dateline NBC” in three weeks(1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) matched the show's previous 18-49 result and equaled the top "Dateline" rating since April 3.  It's also the top Wednesday "Dateline" in total viewers since April 3.  "Dateline" grew from its first half-hour to its second by 8 percent in adults 18-49 (to a 1.3 rating from a 1.2), by 19 percent in women 18-49 (1.9 vs. 1.6) and by 9 percent in total viewers (6.0 million vs. 5.5 million).
 
  • danny94

    Happy For Chicago Fire, and most people including me though it would be canned after 3 episodes

  • danny94

    Thought*

  • MJ

    Yeah, this show has been a nice little success story for NBC this year. Its ratings aren’t explosive by any means, but they’ve been solid for a 10 PM drama, especially by NBC standards. From the moment I saw the first preview last year, I thought it was doomed. I was wrong.

  • rich

    living in the Chicago burbs and having spent 35-years working in public safety (9-1-1 call center) I especially enjoy CF and am glad to see it doing well. too bad it’s on NBC, though.

    did anyone else notice that Jason Beghe’s character, Hank Voight, was “rehabilitated” at the end of last night’s episode. in case you missed it Voight is seen getting into a sedan occupied by as yet unknown female. he hands her some money and during the conversation she says to him something about keeping up the appearance of being a dirty cop. the impression we’re left with is that Voight is undercover. i’m sure wolf did this to clean up the character for the anticipated spin-off ‘Chicago PD’ next year.

  • ann

    I’m so happy about this. So many predicted CF would not last to see even December, let alone get a full season. Hopefully it will build on this modest success next season.

  • ken

    I’m glad that CF was renewed for season 2. The characters grow on you and you become more and more interested in them. I hope CPD comes real soon and I hope characters from both series will interact a little. One question–If CF has 24 episodes and next week’s season finale is #23, what happened to #24? Can anyone supply an answer?

  • Taylor

    @ken
    The episode that aired this week on the 15th was episode 23, next week’s episode is episode 24, which is also the season finale. I’m not sure what made you think that next week’s season finale was episode 23. Anyway, I hope this helps. :)

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