For the sake of this article, there’s one thing worth discussing above all others: The Chicago Justice premiere ratings.
The very first episode of the series generated a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, further proving that it was incredibly smart to try and launch the show on the strength of a three-part crossover event. This meant that there were memorable characters throughout and you were fully immersed in the world. This rating is the best rating for NBC in the timeslot in more than a year, and it also is the top-rated drama premiere (excluding 24: Legacy, which premiered after the Super Bowl) since the fall.
The bigger test for Chicago Justice is going to be coming this Sunday, when it airs after Little Big Shots in its typical timeslot. It’s one thing to kill it after a crossover; it’s another to stand more on its own.
The rest of One Chicago
Let’s not skimp on Chicago PD, given that the show drew its biggest rating in a 1.9 in more than a year, and it also posted a series-high viewer total of 9.6 million viewers. It’s actually rather interesting that this show rated better than the Chicago Fire episode that started it all (1.7), given that this means that there were a lot of people who came in midway through.
Consider this news further validation that all of the Chicago shows will likely be renewed; the jury is still out, pun intended, on Justice.
Odds and ends
-The finale of Hunted drew a 1.2, even with its past few performances. This in our mind does further assist the show in its season 2 renewal odds. It showed remarkable consistently basically from episode 2 onward.
-Meanwhile, Star fell to its lowest rating of the season in a 1.1. It’s already been renewed, so there is no reason to worry about it for now.
-We’re going to be creating a separate article looking further into this, but the Criminal Minds ratings sank further last night down to a 1.2. It’s not an immediate concern, but it could be in the long-term.
What did you watch last night? Are you surprised at all by the One Chicago ratings dominance? Be sure to share in the attached comments!