Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Breakdown: NBC Wednesday in 2020-21 (Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD)




It's time for a journey through the NBC Wednesday schedule in 2020-21...

NOTE: In addition to classic A18-49+, Breakdown posts with 2019-20 ratings also use CVPlus, comparing spring ratings against a higher league average due to viewership inflation from COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. See here for more. Also see here for information on the 2020-21 league average.


fall

Year8:008:309:009:3010:0010:30Avg
2019-20Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD144
144148139
2020-21The WallAmerican Ninja Warrior69 (-52%)
91 (-37%)59 (-60%)59 (-58%)

VsAvg+10%-43%-42%-27%
Rank5/2019/2018/2018/20

NBC basically aired a wide variety of filler throughout the fall, including two weeks of its shortened late summer/fall American Ninja Warrior season, plus just two episodes for each of the Chicago trio in mid-November.

winter

Year8:008:309:009:3010:0010:30Avg
2019-20Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD142
143146137
2020-21Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD146 (+3%)
151 (+5%)152 (+4%)136 (-1%)

VsAvg+88%+58%+25%+54%
Rank1/202/205/201/20

The Chicago trio was back more regularly after the new year, looking as strong as (or maybe a bit stronger than?) ever.

spring

Year8:008:309:009:3010:0010:30Avg
2019-20Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD132
134138125
2020-21Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD134 (+1%)
131 (-3%)139 (+0%)132 (+5%)

VsAvg+84%+62%+27%+54%
Rank2/201/204/201/20

Med and Fire took pretty typical spring drops, but did not look quite as good compared with the lockdown-inflated episodes from last spring even in CVPlus, while Chicago PD took minimal drops and looked better by comparison. Overall, though, this was pretty steady stuff.

Rating the Ratings

NameLoAvgHiy2yPlusLabelPlusy2yResults
Chicago Med*0.80.921.2-20%143hit+1%detail
Chicago Fire*0.80.941.0-20%146hit+1%detail
Chicago PD*0.80.861.0-20%134hit+1%detail

Chicago Med/Fire/PD: All three shows stayed at their very high levels from last year to an almost eerie degree. You could maybe make the case for a B+ since they managed to go +1% even while missing most of the fall, but according to CVPlus they were shafted a bit in last year's numbers too (because they had very few of the inflated post-lockdown eps). So Grade: B seems like the play across the board.

The names in this last table link to the shows' War of 18-49 pages. Links with an asterisk(*) have been updated with the new info. Updates to younger shows will come later in the summer.

Previous Breakdowns for NBC Wednesday: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20

Here's the now updated Schedules Plus for NBC Wednesday.

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