Ratings: ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ ‘Chicago PD’ rise; ‘Arrow,’ ‘2 Broke Girls’ hit season lows

Law & Order: SVU logoThere were no complete surprises in the ratings for Wednesday night’s primetime lineup, though at the same exact time we’d also say that there was at least a little bit of movement with some shows ticking up. (As cynical as the internet can be, we really don’t like writing ratings articles where everything is falling off a cliff.)

The winners – A very good night for the most part for NBC. “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.1 in the 18-49 demographic) was reasonably steady, and the real winners came via the just-renewed “Law & Order: SVU” (1.8) and “Chicago PD” (1.7), which were #2 and #3 on the night behind only “American Idol” (2.3). These ratings are why NBC remains so enamored with Dick Wolf Productions, who are also going strong at the moment with “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med.”

One other thing that we want to point out here is “Hell’s Kitchen” getting a 1.5 rating out of “Idol,” further proving that this show could probably air for another 20 years and sometimes get decent ratings for Fox. Is Gordon Ramsay the Pied Piper of wayward TV viewers or something? Just weeks ago the show was on Friday and not doing anywhere near this well.

The losers – It was a rough night for “Arrow” (0.9) and “2 Broke Girls” (1.5), as the two shows at least tied season lows, and in the case of the latter, a series low. It’s interesting now that “Mike & Molly” (1.6) is getting better ratings than its lead-in, which is never great in the comedy realm since that means people are deliberately avoiding you. “Code Black” (1.2) also dropped slightly at 10:00, but not so much that we’re going to officially give the show its time of death.

(Photo: NBC.)

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