Chicago Fire: Season One ratings

NBC TV show Chicago Fire - ratingsNBC’s ratings still need rescuing and they’re hoping Chicago Fire is up to the task. Will this new TV show be cancelled after one season or become Dick Wolf’s next long-running series instead? Stay tuned.

Revolving around firefighters and paramedics in the windy city, Chicago Fire features the talents of Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Lauren German, Monica Raymund, Charlie Barnett, Teri Reeves, David Eigenberg and Eamonn Walker. This drama airs on Wednesday nights and NBC has ordered 13 22 23 24 episodes.

Below are the TV show’s latest ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Chicago Fire is going to be cancelled or renewed for a second season.

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Final season averages: 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.6 million total viewers.

Episode 01-24: Wednesday, 05/22/13
1.7 in the demo (-15% change) with 6.13 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 1.83 in the demo with 6.59 million.

Episode 01-23: Wednesday, 05/15/13
2.0 in the demo (+11% change) with 6.90 million (0% change).
Season averages: 1.83 in the demo with 6.59 million.

Episode 01-22: Wednesday, 05/08/13
1.8 in the demo (+6% change) with 6.89 million (+9% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 6.58 million.

Episode 01-21: Wednesday, 05/01/13
1.7 in the demo (+6% change) with 6.35 million (0% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 6.56 million.

UPDATE: NBC has renewed this show for 2013-14 and has ordered 22 episodes.

Episode 01-20: Wednesday, 04/03/13
1.6 in the demo (-6% change) with 6.37 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 1.83 in the demo with 6.57 million.

Episode 01-19: Wednesday, 03/27/13
1.7 in the demo (0% change) with 6.85 million (+7% change).
Season averages: 1.84 in the demo with 6.58 million.

Episode 01-18: Wednesday, 03/20/13
1.7 in the demo (-15% change) with 6.33 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 1.85 in the demo with 6.57 million.

Episode 01-17: Wednesday, 02/27/13
2.0 in the demo (+5% change) with 6.62 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 1.86 in the demo with 6.58 million.

Episode 01-16: Wednesday, 02/20/13
1.9 in the demo (0% change) with 6.50 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 1.85 in the demo with 6.58 million.

Episode 01-15: Wednesday, 02/13/13
1.9 in the demo (0% change) with 6.65 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 1.85 in the demo with 6.58 million.

UPDATE: NBC has ordered yet another additional episode, bringing the season total to 24.

Episode 01-14: Wednesday, 02/06/13
1.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 6.60 million (-10% change).
Season averages: 1.84 in the demo with 6.58 million.

Episode 01-13: Wednesday, 01/30/13
2.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 7.31 million (-9% change).
Season averages: 1.84 in the demo with 6.58 million.

UPDATE: NBC has ordered an extra episode, bringing the season total to 23 installments.

Episode 01-12: Wednesday, 01/09/13
2.2 in the demo (-8% change) with 8.04 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 6.52 million.

NBC TV show ratingsEpisode 01-11: Wednesday, 01/02/13
2.4 in the demo (+26% change) with 8.54 million (+27% change).
Season averages: 1.78 in the demo with 6.38 million.

Episode 01-10: Wednesday, 12/19/12
1.9 in the demo (+36% change) with 6.75million (+39% change).
Season averages: 1.72 in the demo with 6.16 million.

Episode 01-09: Wednesday, 12/12/12
1.4 in the demo (-26% change) with 4.87 million (-33% change).
Season averages: 1.70 in the demo with 6.10 million.

Episode 01-08: Wednesday, 12/05/12
1.9 in the demo (+36% change) with 7.21 million (+30% change).
Season averages: 1.74 in the demo with 6.25 million.

Episode 01-07: Wednesday, 11/21/12
1.4 in the demo (-13% change) with 5.55 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 1.71 in the demo with 6.11 million.

Episode 01-06: Wednesday, 11/14/12
1.6 in the demo (-27% change) with 5.7 million (-19% change).
Season averages: 1.77 in the demo with 6.21 million.

UPDATE: NBC has ordered nine additional episodes of Chicago Fire, bringing the first season total to 22 episodes.

Episode 01-05: Wednesday, 11/07/12
2.2 in the demo (+38% change) with 7.03 million (+25% change).
Season averages: 1.80 in the demo with 6.31 million.

Episode 01-04: Wednesday, 10/31/12
1.6 in the demo (-11% change) with 5.62 million (-13% change).
Season averages: 1.70 in the demo with 6.13 million.

UPDATE: NBC has ordered five additional scripts.

Episode 01-03: Wednesday, 10/24/12
1.8 in the demo (+20% change) with 6.42 million (+10% change).
Season averages: 1.73 in the demo with 6.29 million.

Episode 01-02: Wednesday, 10/17/12
1.5 in the demo (-21% change) with 5.85 million (-12% change).
Season averages: 1.70 in the demo with 6.23 million.

Episode 01-01: Wednesday, 10/10/12
1.9 in the 18-49 demographic with 6.61 million total viewers.
Season averages: 1.90 in the demo with 6.61 million.

Compared to last year’s Law & Order: SVU’s season premiere in the same timeslot, the network was down by 21% in the demo (vs a 2.4 rating) and down by 16% in viewership (vs 7.63 million). This certainly wasn’t a great start for a new series. On the positive side, almost everyone who started watching the pilot episode stuck with it until the end. That’s kinda rare these days, particularly for a 10pm show. Next week’s numbers should be very telling.


Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Chicago Fire TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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221 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. dido13 says

    This is one of the best new shows , do not cancel this show !!!!! Look forward to watching it every week. LEAVE IT !!!!!!

  2. Kim says

    OMG, I love this show!!! canceling this show will be the dumbest move by NBC. as a Chicagoan myself, I love to see our city in drama tv shows like this and not in a negative way…I haven’t missed an episode yet. the last episode literally had me holding my breath just like they said it would!!(lol) I hope the blonde paramedic driver dosen’t die :( Overall: AWESOME SHOW!!!!

  3. Julie says

    This show is amazing! And when looking at the viewers, you also have to consider that it’s at a very competitive time slot, with American Horror Story on FX and Nashville on ABC.

  4. Andrea says

    I love this show, please do not cancel it! I have not missed an episode and I hope to see many many more. It has to be my most favorite show and I would hate to see it cancelled after just one season, I would much rather see many more seasons.

  5. Madeline Latarski says

    I love the show. I can’t always watch it on Wednesday but record it or watch it on demand. The show portrays the heroic job that firemen have plus their private life struggles. Please renew this show it certainly beats the reality tv shows.

  6. says

    Love it!!!!
    I used to watch Third Watch ( fire dept, police dept and paramedics) years ago and loved it!! This is the first “fire dept” show back that I’ve really enjoyed!! I record it if I can’t see it live!!!
    Please renew for more seasons!!!

  7. Vicky says

    finally … actor fire fighters portaying this almost secretative part of our day-to-day world best they can, instead of the samo samo medical & cop tv shows … boring. I’ve loved C Fire since episode one and just cant understand the American viewership that’s shunning it! is 911 still so raw that the brave daily firefighter heroes that are real out there cant have a little piece of the TV pie for the rest of us to truly appreciate these wonderful heroes of daily society that gets so VERY RARE tv series attention! who cares if Chicago Fire isn’t true to life like the real Chicago FD? Come on negative people … it’s a tv show which in my opinion has been way overdue in coming to our nitetime viewing. those sexy hunky men actors can be on my tv screen any time day or night .. along with the (IMHO) superbe storylines. PLEASE Keep Chicago Fire coming NBC … give it a better time slot if you have to …. HANG IN THERE WITH IT NBC — it’ll pay off in the end, of that i’m sure of. Just give the slower American tv viewers among us more time to realize that’s it’s time NOW for the CSI’s & Law & Orders of this world to officially move over and out ’cause there are NOW new sheriffs riding around in bright red shiney fire trucks on Wednesday nights in NBC Town!!!!!

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