Wednesday night was one of the more-eventful nights of the fall season — we don’t know how else to explain a night that featured the fall finales of many shows including Empire, STAR, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD — and that’s without even really including some of the other new episodes that were out there in other spots.
What we do want to start off here discussing more so than anything else, though, is the performance of Criminal Minds given that this is a show that has been firmly on the ratings bubble for some time and we definitely don’t think that the performance last night helps much of anything. The crime procedural generated overall a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is down versus the best number that it had posted all season the last time that it was on — which was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. What this proves to us more than anything is that Criminal Minds is losing viewership due to airing opposite Chicago PD, which means in turn that it could rise next week. We’re not sure if it will rise enough in order to save the show but that is absolutely something that si worth a little more discussion and consideration.
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Elsewhere, Chicago PD did generate a 1.1 rating in the demo, which meant that it alongside both Chicago Med / Chicago Fire (1.2) have a major reason to be happy. All three shows improved in total viewers over the week before, with Chicago Med in particular turning out to be the most-watched scripted show of Wednesday night. It’s super-interesting in a way that Chicago Med feels like the show in this universe that is overlooked the most, and yet it may be the biggest success story of the entire year in the way in which it is performing.
One show that we don’t really ever talk about all that much in these ratings articles, but want to give at least a quick mention to here, is The Goldbergs over on ABC. While getting a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic isn’t exactly outstanding, it’s certainly a solid performance when you think about the rest of the comedy landscape these days. This is a solid, consistent anchor for this network and it is doing very well even without getting a ton of promotion. This is one of the reasons why this series has a new spin-off in Schooled that is coming in the new year. The hope here is clearly that these shows will serve as a serviceable one-two ratings punch.
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