Ratings: Chicago Fire Warms Up, Supernatural Slips, World Series Gives Fox Wednesday Win

Chicago FireChicago 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.

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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?