Is there a good chance at a Chicago Fire season 8 airing on NBC? In this edition of our Ratings Watch series, we’re about to take a closer look…
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If there’s one word that we would use to describe how NBC is feeling about the season at the moment, it’s probably this: Thrilled. Another one? Enthusiastic. They have to be really excited about the performance of the show on Wednesday nights this year, especially as a part of the larger One Chicago lineup. We didn’t know whether or not it would really work to put every single show in the franchise on the same night but, to date, all three shows are killing it.
When it comes to pure averages alone, to date season 8 has brought in a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and also almost eight million viewers a week. It’s up significantly in both measurements from season 6, which is when it aired in a far more difficult timeslot with less of a lead-in. Consider this a sign that sometimes, having the right timeslot really does matter more than just about anything else.
On the basis on numbers, Chicago Fire season 8 feels like a lock. The only thing that may get tricky at this point in the show’s run is finding a way to bring people back. It’s a little bit harder to keep the same cast on this show than some others out there. Why? It’s long hours, a lot of episodes, and there are many cast members on the show who aren’t from Chicago. With that, the job takes them away from their friends and family and there are also the long Chicago winters. We understand when actors want to move on, but at the same time we don’t want to see anyone move on. This is the one struggle when you think about the show’s future — hoping that everyone does decide to keep things going. With the ratings being what they are, this is the only thing that could hold it back.
When could NBC decide on the future?
At the latest, by May — yet, given the show’s current success, we wouldn’t be shocked if there was some good news that came out a good while before then.
What do you think the chances are now of a Chicago Fire season 8? Be sure to share right now in the attached comments, and stay tuned for some more news. (Photo: NBC.)