Tuesday Ratings: ‘Chicago Fire’ Stays Hot with Backdoor ‘Med’ Pilot

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NBC won the first Tuesday of April in key demos behind a two-hour edition of “The Voice” and a winning performance from “Chicago Fire,” which aired its backdoor pilot for “Chicago Med.” Also of note was a good performance by CW’s “iZombie,” which held steady in its fourth week despite tougher competition and a repeat lead-in.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” averaged a 2.7 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., about even with its most recent Tuesday original of two weeks ago; it was the night’s No. 1 program in 18-49 and 25-54 (3.6/10). And at 10 p.m., “Chicago Fire” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) was up 25% (0.4) from its prior original on March 17 and won its hour among the Big Four in 18-49 by a healthy 53% margin over CBS’ “Person of Interest.” Tuesday’s episode of “Chicago Fire” introduced characters that would be featured in “Chicago Med,” which is a potential new series for the network next season.

NBC’s strong showing in primetime carried over into latenight, where it had the top two-rated broadcast programs among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen’s 25 markets with Local People Meters. “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” averaged a 1.2 rating to tower over the pack, and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” was the No. 2 program (0.6). An encore “Last Call with Carson Daly” (0.4/3) tied for No. 3 with ABC’s repeat of“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.4/2) and CBS’ repeat “Late Show with David Letterman (0.4/2), despite starting two hours later than both shows.

Elsewhere in primetime on Tuesday, CW’s repeat of “The Flash” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) led into “iZombie” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), which held at the same 0.7 rating it had down the previous two weeks with an original “Flash” behind it. The new drama also had to deal with “The Voice” this week, making last night’s result even more encouraging.

CBS, second on the night in demos and first in total viewers, was led by “NCIS” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 16.5 million viewers overall), which was down a tick from last week, and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 14.0 million viewers overall), which matched its low as it again seemed to suffer opposite an extended episode of “The Voice.” Closing the night, “Person of Interest” was on the low side as well (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall).

ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from last week to reverse its recent slide, and was followed by a repeat of the comedy at 8:30 p.m. (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall). Though the repeat “Fresh” did only slightly better than last week’s “Repeat After Me,” having a scripted lead-in may have helped “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth from last week and came within a tick of CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans.” The gains stopped there, though, as “Forever” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) was down two tenths as it went up against original dramas on the competition.

Fox had a quiet night, with “Hell’s Kitchen” posting more modest numbers (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and “New Girl” slipping another tenth to a firstrun low (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall). “Weird Loners” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) managed to match its weak premiere score of last week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.4/8; CBS, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.2/4; Fox and Univision, 1.0/3; CW, 0.6/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.1 million; NBC, 10.1 million; ABC, 4.2 million; Fox and Univision, 2.7 million; CW, 1.7 million; Telemundo, 1.1 million.

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  1. Mary says:

    Chicago Fire should be way better than it is. Love the show, but Chicago PD and Law & Order SUV kick it’s butt in storytelling and acting. Chicago Fire has way too much drama in the fire house that makes no sense & makes it hard to watch for my retired FDNY husband. Drama is fine but not between the “lovers” in the firehouse. That’s a ridiculous story line. or at least tone it down. It was better when they made it funny in the firehouse and the drama outside the house.

  2. Marysue says:

    I loved this episode and didn’t realize until I read this that it was a back door pilot for Chicago Med. With the three shows interacting it will be brilliant. Can’t wait for the pilots in the fall.

  3. Lisa says:

    Loved this episode! I think the complete trio of Chicago Fire, PD, and Med, with the characters from all three shows mixing like Fire and PD do now, would be all kinds of AWESOME! Dick Wolf and NBC, please do this!

  4. Semaj Debose says:

    Love Chicago Fire last night and can’t wait for chicago med

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