TV Ratings: ‘Chicago Justice’ Premieres Solidly for NBC, ‘When We Rise’ Falls

Chicago Justice Premiere Ratings
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NBC’s “Chicago” franchise justified its continued expansion Wednesday night. Premiering off a three-way crossover event, “Chicago Justice” — the fourth installment in Dick Wolf’s Chicago televisual universe — debuted to a quite solid 1.7 in the 18-49 demographic and 8.73 million viewers at 10 p.m. “Chicago P.D.” led into “Justice” with a way-up-from-its-usual 1.9 in the demo and 9.6 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” led off the night with a 1.7 and 9.06 million viewers.

ABC moved “Modern Family” back half an hour in an attempt to provide miniseries “When We Rise” with a bit of a boost. It didn’t quite work: While “Modern Family” notched a 2.0 in the demo and 6.37 million viewers, “When We Rise” continued to falter with a 0.6 demo rating and 2.05 million viewers, lower than its premiere on Monday. “The Goldbergs” led into “Modern Family” with a 1.7 and 6.12 million viewers.


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CBS’ “Hunted” finished out its first season with a 1.2 in the demo and 4.84 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” dipped slightly — possibly because of stiffer criminal competition over on NBC — to a 1.2 in the demo and 6.46 million viewers. A “Bull” repeat aired in place of legal drama “Doubt,” which was recently pulled from the schedule.

With a “Lethal Weapon” repeat as its lead-in, Fox’s “Star” ticked down slightly to a 1.1 in the demo and 3.37 million viewers.

Over on The CW, “Arrow” ticked up a bit to a 0.6 in the demo and 1.6 million viewers. “The 100” followed with a steady 0.4 and 1.02 million viewers.

As a reminder, daily ratings fluctuations tend to amount to mere quantum foam; many of these series will see lifts of 50% or more once viewing within three and seven days is counted. However, most of those gains won’t translate to the ratings guarantees networks make advertisers.

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  1. Pjt says:

    I loved When We Rise. After seeing and remembering all of the hate that has been transpired on homosexuals in America it’s a miracle that this series made it on TV. Sad that more didn’t take the time to watch it.

  2. David C says:

    When We Rise has one of the worst titles ever and seems like it appeared with minimal promotion. Apparently there were multiple promos for it during the Oscars but clearly not enough. As the mini series goes on, increasingly less eye balls tune in. Somewhere between green lighting this and airing it, either fear or shame or both took over the ABC brass. Now ABC is getting some of the worst ratings in recent history.

  3. Inspector clouseau says:

    The Hollywood execs need to get their heads out of their ass’s. Evidently they think majority of the American public are nitwits like them.SURPRISE.

  4. LynnJune says:

    “When We Rise: is a complete bomb. Horrific ratings. ABC lays another egg.

  5. Georgie says:

    Joe nailed it, like it or not.

  6. Dunstan says:

    Spare us your right-wing b.s., Joe. I’m straight but gay people are a fact of life; you’re obviously in denial for some strange reason. Blinded by your hate and outrage, you’re probably unaware of the numerous gays and lesbians all around you. The important question is why? You need some serious therapy. And who put you in charge of deciding that people you don’t like are somehow “godless?”

    People are born gay or lesbian; it’s not a “lifestyle choice.” But you’re probably in denial about that, too.

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