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.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

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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  1. Z' rill says

    Correction regarding Chicago Fire comment just submitted. I meant NBC, not ABC. I do enjoy the show. Haverhill, MA

  2. Z' rill says

    The show is well written. The actors are strong and leave one wanting to see more week after week. I simply cannot accept that one of very few shows on TV with good writing and performance could possibly be considered for axing after one season. Just as Jackie G commented on Jan 8, I too rarely turn to Channel 5 (ABC) for and prime time program save the local news. Haverhill, MA

  3. Dara says

    This is one of my most FAVOURITE shows I watch and re watch the episodes all the time till the new one comes on the I re watch that one too! I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!! Please don’t cancel it!!

  4. Pallada says

    I LOVE Chicago Fire! And Jesse Spencer aka Casey is just awesome!!
    This TV show should be given a second season for sure (and much more).

  5. CORRINE HAEDIKE says

    PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL CHICAGO FIRE TV SHOW. WE ARE THOROUGHLY
    ENJOYING THE STORY AND CAST. ALSO WE LOVE SVU.

  6. Kevin Raszmann says

    As a firefighter here in Canada I love watching this series and hope they don’t cancel it. Chicago fire is a great TV show and it needs to be commended with more seasons

  7. Cyndal says

    Please don’t cancel chicago fire, me and my husband had all the episodes recorded from 2012 and just watched all of them in less than 3 days and we can’t wait for tonights episode which we will be watching tomorrow b/c I have to work tonight and I told him he better not watch it w/ out me, we love this show, if its cancelled then I have nothing to watch on nbc, PLEASE DON’T CANCEL IT.

  8. says

    I am a fan of Chicago Fire! But if Channel 5 decides to cancel Chicago Fire their ratings will fall even further. I would no longer have a reason to watch Channel 5. Maybe take a look at who actually is responsible for keeping track of your ratings which Chicago Fire is bringing in – or can they count?

  9. Sally says

    I love Chicago Fire. I watched Jesse as Chase on House. I knew there was more to him than what he was allowed to demonstrate on the House series.

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