Monday, July 17, 2023

The Breakdown: NBC Wednesday in 2022-23 (Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD)

It's time for a journey through the NBC Wednesday schedule in 2022-23...


2021-22Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD148
2022-23Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD147 (-1%)
145 (-1%)154 (-1%)141 (-1%)


NBC's Chicago trio kept on trucking in the fall. For shows that had been consistently up for years, maybe -1% is a bit worse than usual, but certainly nothing to worry about.


2021-22Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD156
2022-23Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD144 (-7%)
145 (-7%)154 (-7%)134 (-9%)


But the trends started to get worse after the new year. The winter saw the three shows fall back to about their ratings from two years ago.


2021-22Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD138
2022-23Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PD114 (-17%)
111 (-14%)122 (-18%)111 (-19%)


And in the spring, things went from somewhat shaky to downright alarming, as all three shows produced declines in the double digits. In this period, these numbers were far worse than each of the last three years, and only a little better than their first year together in 2019. After 0.67/0.80/0.74 finales in 2022, they ended on just a 0.44/0.49/0.45 this year.

Rating the Ratings

Chicago Med*0.40.570.7-22%134hit-7%detail
Chicago Fire*0.40.610.8-23%144hit-8%detail
Chicago PD*0.40.550.7-24%130hit-9%detail

Chicago Med: Not sure what was going on over at Wolf Entertainment, but the FBI night, the Chicago night and even to some extent the L&O night kind of fell apart in the spring this year. It's not (yet) that big of a deal in the full season ratings, as the Chicago trio basically just reverted to the numbers from two or three years ago, which is still pretty strong stuff. But the trajectory across the season is definitely cause for concern. Grade: C.

Chicago Fire: See above. Grade: C.

Chicago PD: See above. Grade: C.

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 | 2021-22

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

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