Ratings: Chicago Xover Gives NBC Big Win, Criminal Minds Hits Audience Low

NBC’s Windy City lineup blew away the competition this Wednesday night.

Opening the Peacock’s night, Chicago Fire drew 9 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating, up from its most recent Tuesday airing. Chicago PD led out of that with 9.6 mil/1.9, surging more than 40 percent from its last fresh outing to deliver its largest audience ever and its best demo number in over a year.

Chicago Justice then sneak previewed to 8.7 mil and a 1.7, giving NBC its best demo number in that time slot in over a year. (ChiJust makes its regular time slot premiere this Sunday at 9/8c.)

All told, NBC for the night averaged 9.1 mil and a 1.8 versus runner-up CBS’ 5.1 mil/1.0.


CBS | The Hunted (4.8 mil/1.2) finale and Criminal Minds (6.5 mil/1.3) were steady in the demo, though the latter hit an all-time audience low. A Bull rerun (4.1 mil/0.7) outperformed Doubt Episode 2. (Beyond Borders Season 2 claims the 10 o’clock spot starting next week.)

THE CW | Arrow (1.6 mil/0.6) ticked up from last week’s series lows, while The 100 (1 mil/0.4) was steady.

FOX | Leading out of a Lethal repeat, the already-renewed Star (3.4 mil/1.1) slipped 13 percent and a tenth.

ABC | The Goldbergs (6.2 mil/1.8) and Modern Family (6.4 mil/2.0) were steady, When We Rise (2 mil/0.6) dipped a tenth, .

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  1. Wrstlgirl says:

    I loved that cross over.

  2. Kevin Tran says:

    More bad news for Criminal Minds.

  3. Laurie says:

    The #OneChicago crossover event was very well done. It flowed well and all the characters interact nicely. The story made sense.

  4. Haz says:

    I’m pretty sure ABC is not happy with the results of When We Rise and they still have two more nights of this. Wow.

    • padraicjacob says:

      At least one night is now Friday, so they aren’t losing much on that night anyways

    • Boiler says:

      Whoever is running ABC programming should be fired. They kept some declining crap and all they really needed to do is fix Castle and bring back Nashville(although perhaps we now know why). Maybe they can pick up better performing dramas that CBS and/or NBC dump.

  5. kmw says:

    All hail NBC last night but lets see Justice keep those numbers on Sunday night. Not good for Star but still hanging to those low1’s. Poor Criminal Minds, I give them one more year before CBS lets them go

  6. Kim says:

    Hating the Reid murder thing on Criminal Minds. There has been enough upheaval this year. They don’t need this as well.

    • Natalie says:

      i kind of agree with this. I’m concerned that Reid will be gone at the end of the season. The cast is HUGE now. They all barely fit on the screen in the opening credits.

    • Sue says:

      I agree with you. In each season I’ve not missed a single episode of CM but that changed. Did the writers lose their minds? When every other team member got into a jam the team dropped all and puzzled it out. Not so with Reid. He’s got a lousy layer and not one team member is investigating the charges. They’re just leaving him to lose.

  7. cuius says:

    The three/four elements worked well together viewed in straight-through “movie” mode – but think Justice will need some work to survive on its own