On a night that saw a close prime-time ratings battle among three broadcast networks, NBC rolled out its new drama series "Chicago PD" Wednesday night. So how did it do? Based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo … not bad.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the drama series delivered a 2.0 average rating in its 10 p.m. time slot, where it was up against the second half of CBS’s "People’s Choice Awards" and a repeat of "David Blaine: Real or Magic" on ABC. The report notes that the numbers may be subject to more than the usual adjustments due to regional sports pre-emptions.
The "Chicago PD" premiere was up a hefty 54% from the premiere of NBC’s "Ironside" back in September, and equaled the number for the "Deception" opener a year ago.
CBS had enough to pull out a win for the night in a close race with NBC and ABC. CBS’s two-hour "People’s Choice Awards" came in with a 2.3 average in the 18-49 demo, off 15% from a year ago and the show’s lowest rating in six years. CBS led into the awards with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (1.5 average at 8 p.m., 1.6 at 8:30).
ABC and NBC tied for second place with 1.9 averages in viewers 18-49. NBC had a 1.6 average for "Revolution" at 8 p.m., 14% better than the show’s previous original, while "Law & Order: SVU" delivered a 2.1, surging 31%.
ABC’s programming had mixed results, with "The Middle" rising 10% from its previous original to a 2.2 average in 18-49, "Modern Family" holding steady with a 3.5 and two episodes of "Super Fun Night" delivering a 1.5 — down 17% and a series low — and a 1.8.
Fox aired the two-hour "Stepbrothers," settling for a 1.2 average in adults 18-49 and a distant fourth-place finish, tied with Univision.
For prime time overall, CBS’s 2.1 average in the 18-49 demo led the broadcast networks, followed by ABC and NBC (both with 1.9 averages), then Fox and Univision (both at 1.2). CBS led total viewers with 8.9 million, followed by NBC (7.8 million), ABC (6.0 million), Univision (3.0 million) and Fox (2.9 million).