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‘Chicago’ Trio Scores For NBC


What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, March 1, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 9.13 million, CBS: 5.13, Fox: 3.45, ABC: 3.44, CW: 1.31

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.8 rating/7 share, ABC and CBS: 1.0/. 4 each, Fox: 0.9/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.12 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#1t)

CBS – Hunted (season or series finale)
Viewers: 5.04 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#3)

NBC –Chicago Fire
Viewers: 8.93 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#1t)

Fox – Lethal Weapon (R)
Viewers: 3.36 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#4)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.71 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 6.36 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Hunted (season or series finale)
Viewers: 4.65 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

NBC –Chicago Fire
Viewers: 9.20 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#2)

Fox – Lethal Weapon (R)
Viewers: 3.30 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#4)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.49 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise (night two)
Viewers: 2.61 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 6.40 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 9.71 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#1)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 3.37 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.08 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise (night two)
Viewers: 1.97 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 6.52 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 9.49 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#1)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 3.36 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 968,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise (night two)
Viewers: 1.79 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Bull (R)
Viewers: 4.30 million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Justice (series premiere)
Viewers: 8.89 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise (night two)
Viewers: 1.79 million (#3), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Bull (R)
Viewers: 3.86 million (#2), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Justice (series premiere)
Viewers: 8.57 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Amazing night for NBC and the Chicago Franchise color me shocked on these numbers. NBC has been struggling on this night for more than a decade specifically the 8pm hour. 9-11pm has been more solid for them since they’ve paired SVU with Chicago PD but they still have not been able to win the night with scripted fare. Tonight was a big night for the Chicago Franchise but also for NBC because this franchise has been the backbone of the network for the last 5 years. NBC needed this night because they needed to see the full strength of this franchise with no help from The Voice or other super hits that they have.

    I came into the night expecting lower numbers that were going to be much closer to their numbers from the last crossover between Chicago Fire and Chicago PD back in January but this came out much higher especially in terms of viewership where they peaked close up to 10 million viewers.

    For NBC this tells them a lot about the strength of their Chicago shows especially in the earlier hours since most of the Chicago shows tend to air in the later slots. NBC now knows that Chicago Fire might be able to lead-off a night and they might not have to move This Is Us just yet but they can still do that. I would love it personally if they had This Is Us and Chicago Fire anchor the 8pm hours on both Wednesdays and Thursdays and let Tuesdays be a night for them to establish something new.

    I think NBC could do one of two things on Wednesday nights in the fall they could either go with an all-Chicago night with three shows although personally I don’t think they should do that because of the fatigue factor but they could also double up the Chicago hours and potentially move Chicago PD up to 9pm. Maybe a lineup that looks like this if they keep SVU on Wednesdays.

    8:00p – Chicago Fire
    9:00p – Chicago PD
    10:00p – Law & Order: SVU


    8:00p – Chicago Fire/This Is Us
    9:00p – Chicago PD
    10:00p – Chicago Justice

    I still favor SVU moving to Thursdays if it has to move maybe even Fridays but I would like to see SVU back in the 10pm slot either way as its done its job grooming up CPD over the years.

    As for Chicago Justice I think it will struggle a bit on Sundays although LBS will secure it from not doing better than the comedies it had there last year. Either way for Justice it should be able to help Shades of Blue out a little bit. Next year it’s likely getting a full season so wherever they put it needs to be protected. I was reading some schedule predictors on other sites and the best one I read was Justice airing after The Voice on Mondays instead of going with another new drama and I think that’s the best move because NBC moved Chicago Med away from The Voice a little too early in my opinion. It worked back in 2013 when they moved the second season of Chicago Fire to behind The Voice so they should do it here. Chicago Med can move back to Tuesdays until its ready to go back to Thursdays but I think they will keep Med there as its ultimately going to be pared with Chicago Fire or a comedy block on Thursdays.

    Lots of things for NBC to think about here but the most important thing for them to remember is that they have a big winter coming up with the Super Bowl, Winter Olympics, and maybe Idol so they have big promotional platforms as well to use.

    • I’m sticking to this Wednesday

      This is Us
      Chicago PD
      Chicago Justice

      It’s somewhat conservative unless they opt to launch a show after This is Us. But this version woulds stabilize the night. You proposed a three hour Chicago show in the Fall. I don’t think that would work long term because the Chicago shows aren’t 8PM shows and I think that would be overkill. It works well when they have a cross over event though.

      I’m down with SVU moving to Thursday at 10PM.

      Very happy NBC found /something/ to work. They get the Superbowl in 2018 so I hope they use that wisely. A good rule of thumb is an established show that has good episodes and well received for the Superbowl.

      I wonder if they will crack out anymore Chicago shows? Or heck opt for a franchise based out of another city Lol

      • That’s the lineup I would go with if I had to make a safe final decision for sure because Justice is going to need a strong lead-in either way it goes. PD should be on at 9pm and PD will help Justice enough at 10pm.

        That’s my one sticking point with the Chicago shows I don’t think their 8pm shows but I do think Fire and Med could work there but they’re better suited for 9pm or 10pm.

        I do think inturn though that Chicago Fire proved a Chicago show could work at 8pm though as that’s not even my problem with it my problem is more towards burning out the franchise with a 3-hour schedule like that unless NBC is able to change viewing habits where they made people sitdown for 3 hours every week like that.

        Yeah for NBC the Chicago franchise is something the other don’t have that they need, ABC sort of has it with the Shonda shows but it’s not quite the same and isn’t working that well.

        I agree about the post-Super Bowl show the only two shows that I pick for that slot and no This Is Us should be one of them because TIU is only going to last for 3-4 seasons under this kind of performance it’s not a long-term show like the Chicagoans. I pick either American Idol or Will & Grace for that post-Super Bowl slot plus they got the Winter Olympics to launch the one that doesn’t get the post-SB slot.

        That’s the question if they launch anymore Chicago shows, my bet is that they do but the question is two things on that will they launch a new one while the other 4 are still on the air and in their prime? Also will the next one be totally different from the other ones I was reading that people suggested that the next one either be a high school drama or situational comedy. If it’s a comedy not sure if Dick Wolf can run that one since he’s not a comedy guy.

        • Haven’t gotten into any of the Chicago shows if they did make a high school drama for Chicago I would watch the plot to see if it was any good or not. Could see it like another Boston Public didn’t get into the show until it was in it’s later seasons.

          • The Chicago shows are just great you should try to get into one of them when you get a chance. I think the high school show will bring in new viewers to the franchise if they made it as it would be awesome if they do it well. I liked Boston Public myself and that show was great I caught it towards the end unfortunately as well. I would like to see something slightly more grittier than that maybe have it done at a reform school.

      • I’m not in favor of This Is Us moving anywhere out of that Tuesday 9pm slot. But after last night, I could envision NBC moving “Fire” to Wed 8pm to decimate Fox if they keep Lethal Weapon there next season (I’d rather see Weapon in the Sunday 8pm slot).

        • You don’t think that many Chicago shows on one night would be overkill? I think it would be overkill. I was imagining myself watching three Chicago shows last night when I was watching “Fire” and I was feeling burned out. I can’t imagine that every single night.

          This is Us is a 8PM show and a family drama and it needs no lead in. That’s pretty much the only reason I’m suggesting it.

    • Have to disagree.

      When your highly-promoted big crossover can’t get to 10 million viewers, hollers of “victory for NBC” should not be heard, especially that you can only do “special events” so often…

      Is it not as awful as what’s airing on the network. Of course, but none of those shows are hits.

  2. Happy NBC found something to work long term for them. My response to Hello Larry is my ideal Wednesday lineup in the Fall.

    Nothing to really say about the other lineups last night other than Criminal Minds. It use to dominate the 9PM slot but it no longer does. I think it is time to opt this show to the 10PM hour.

    • Yeah this is the idea lineup and this gives NBC some security to finally move SVU to a different night where they need more help like Thursdays or Fridays.

      Yeah the other lineups feel like they’re dying.

    • Except it’s not really “working” when you need to do a “special night” to get to solid ratings.

      I know Greenblatt has placed the bar solidly on the ground, but still…

  3. Well alrighty then 🙂 I guess we’ll see which route NBC goes in when the upfronts happen in May. I still think there is a shot they make the move.

    A dumber move would be putting their slated Will and Grace show Thursday at 8PM against Big Bang Theory and Greys.

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