Monday, July 11, 2022

The Breakdown: NBC Wednesday in 2021-22 (Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD)




It's time for a journey through the NBC Wednesday schedule in 2021-22...


fall

Year8:008:309:009:3010:0010:30Avg
2020-21The WallAmerican Ninja Warrior69
915959
2021-22Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD148 (+114%)
147 (+62%)155 (+164%)142 (+143%)

VsAvg+73%+48%+39%+52%
Rank1/212/214/211/21

NBC's Chicago trio continued to their regular schedule with early fall premieres, and had triple-digit growth vs. last year's filler.

winter

Year8:008:309:009:3010:0010:30Avg
2020-21Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD146
151152136
2021-22Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD156 (+7%)
156 (+3%)165 (+9%)147 (+8%)

VsAvg+87%+67%+33%+60%
Rank1/211/213/211/21

Once the apples-to-apples comparisons began, it became clear that Fire and PD were growing just a little more than Med.

spring

Year8:008:309:009:3010:0010:30Avg
2020-21Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD134
131139132
2021-22Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD138 (+3%)
129 (-1%)149 (+7%)136 (+3%)

VsAvg+73%+66%+28%+53%
Rank3/212/215/212/21

And that continued in the spring!

Rating the Ratings

NameLoAvgHiy2yPlusLabelPlusy2yResults
Chicago Med*0.60.730.8-21%144hit+0%detail
Chicago Fire*0.70.790.9-15%156big hit+7%detail
Chicago PD*0.60.720.9-16%142hit+6%detail

Chicago Med: Compared to the other two shows, Med seems to have stalled out a bit in the last couple years. The return of Survivor probably made this hour tougher, but a lot of that is cancelled out by The Masked Singer's rapid decline. Either way, I'm sure NBC is not complaining. Grade: B.

Chicago Fire: The first big hit season for a Chicago series! Because of that you could maybe make the case for an A- but I will play it cool. Grade: B+.

Chicago PD: Just a phenomenon compared to everything else broadcast is offering in the 10/9c hour these days, and still growing. Grade: B+.

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 | 2020-21

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

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