‘Chicago P.D.’ Premiere Books Solid Ratings for NBC

It holds nearly all of its 'SVU' lead-in; CBS wins Wednesday with 'People's Choice Awards'

'Chicago P.D' Series Premiere -- NBC

It figures to get a tougher test next week when it faces regular competition, but NBC’s Dick Wolf cop drama “Chicago P.D.” looked pretty good in its premiere Wednesday, a night won overall by CBS and its “People’s Choice Awards.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Chicago P.D.” averaged a 2.0 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour, placing second to “People’s Choice” on CBS and retaining nearly all of its lead-in from “Law & Order: SVU” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall), which delivered its top score since its Sept. 25 season premiere.

Of the nine new 10 p.m. dramas this season, only NBC’s “The Blacklist” opened with a higher 18-49 rating (3.8) than “Chicago PD.” And looking specifically at its Wednesday 10 o’clock hour, “Chicago P.D.’s” 2.0 is within a tenth of a point of the highest rating for a regular 10 p.m. drama on ABC, CBS or NBC this season (including “CSI” on CBS and “Nashville” on ABC).

Next week will see the return of “CSI” and “Nashville” with original episodes, and A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” is back on that night as well.

Opening the night for NBC was “Revolution” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), which was up 14% (0.2) from its prior telecast seven weeks ago. On the comparable night a year ago, NBC’s comedies (“Whitney” and “Guys With Kids”) averaged a 1.35 demo rating.

At CBS, special repeats of “2 Broke Girls” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall at 8 and 1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall at 8:30) were followed by the “People’s Choice Awards” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall), hosted by “2 Broke” stars Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings. The kudocast was down 15% in 18-49 (2.3 vs. 2.7) and 6% in 25-54 (3.2 vs. 3.4) from last year but gained about 500,000 total viewers to draw the show’s largest overall audience in four years.

At ABC, “The Middle” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) was up 10% from its prior telecast in mid-December, winning its timeslot in most categories. And “Modern Family” ruled at 9 p.m. (3.5/10 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall), standing as the night’s top program in 18-49 and 25-54 — though it continues to track noticeably lower than a year ago. The net aired original episodes of “Super Fun Night” on either side of “Modern Family,” with the Rebel Wilson comedy scoring a 1.5/4 in 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers overall at 8:30 p.m. and a 1.8/5 in 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers overall in its regular 9:30 timeslot. A special repeat of the November special “David Blaine: Real or Magic” filled out the 10 p.m. hour (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall).

Fox aired a repeat of the movie “Step Brothers” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), and CW went with encores of its Wednesday regulars “Arrow” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and “The Tomorrow People” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

Next week, the CW dramas are back in originals and Fox debuts “American Idol.” ABC’s “Suburgatory” is also back, kicking off its season in the 8:30 p.m. slot.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.1/6; ABC, 1.9/6; NBC, 1.9/5; Fox and Univision, 1.2/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 8.9 million; NBC, 7.8 million; ABC, 6.0 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Fox, 2.9 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 1.1 million.