Chicago Fire won’t be extinguished so quickly. NBC’s freshman drama this Wednesday drew 6.3 million total viewers while scoring a 1.8 demo rating, up 8 and 20 percent week-to-week and coming within a tenth of its premiere rating.
NBC notes that ChiFi is the first new drama of this season to come within a tenth of its premiere rating, which is a fascinatingly granular yet not so easily dismissed piece of data.
The night’s other big gain was enjoyed by the 300th episode of Law & Order: SVU (6.7 mil/1.8), which rose 7 and 13 percent.
Wednesday’s steepest drop was sustained by Supernatural, down 11 and 30 percent to 1.9 mil/0.7.
Fox’s coverage of Game 1 of the World Series powered the network to nightly wins in both total audience and the 18-49 demo. (Meaningful numbers on the live telecast have yet to come in, but at first blush I believe they look on the low side, historically.)
Going hour by hour….
8 pm | Placing second behind WS coverage, Survivor (10.1 mil/2.8) was steady. ABC’s The Middle (8.6 mil/2.5) was flat, while The Neighbors (6.9 mil/2.0) rose a few percentage points to match or hit time slot highs. NBC’s Animal Practice (3.8 mil/1.2) ticked up a tenth, while Guys With Kids (3.83 mil/1.3) lost a tenth. The CW’s Arrow (3.5 mil/1.1) was steady in audience but down 15 percent in the demo.
9 pm | Modern Family (12.5 mil/4.9) was the night’s most watched and highest-rated program, up a few percentage points week-to-week; Suburgatory was flat at 7.5 mil/2.7. Criminal Minds (11.5 mil/3.0) dipped a tenth but sure raised this fella’s curiosity about Reid’s mystery lady. She proved quite the handy resource!
10 pm | CSI topped its ABC and NBC rivals in total audience (with 9.8 mil) and in the demo (up a tenth to 2.4). Nashville placed second ahead of Chicago Fire by holding rock-steady at 6.6 mil/2.0.
What were you tuned into this Wednesday?