‘Chicago Fire’ Earns Best Ratings of Wednesday Night in Matt Casey Departure Episode

by Shelby Scott

NBC‘s “Chicago Fire” stole the show Wednesday night when its 200th milestone episode earned the best rating of the night. With an impressive 7.1 million viewers tuning in and a rating of 0.8, Captain Matt Casey’s good-bye episode won out over other hit shows such as “Survivor” and “The Masked Singer.”

The TVLine reports shows the vast difference in viewership and scores across cable networks’ leading shows. “Chicago Fire’s ” 7.1 million viewers remained at an ultimate high compared to other shows. Its sister show “Chicago Med” followed, with a total 6.5 million viewers.

Meanwhile, “Chicago Fire’s” other sister show, “Chicago P.D.,” took a dip in ratings, following at 5.4 million. CBS‘s long-running hit, “Survivor,” secured the same viewership score, and a 1.0 rating. Over on NBC, “Chicago P.D.” saw a much lower 0.6.

While it’s unclear why “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med” are performing so much better than “Chicago P.D.,” we nevertheless look forward to next week’s newest episodes from our favorite “One Chicago” series.

‘Chicago Fire’ Hopes to See Matt Casey Actor Jesse Spencer’s Return

Last night’s 200th episode was jam-packed with a collection of head and sub plots. However, most paramount to address is the official departure of the ten-season regular, Matt Casey. The popular character is played by Australian-American actor Jesse Spencer.

Casey’s departure from “Chicago Fire” comes after a visit with his late best friend’s teenaged sons. Upon arriving to their Oregon home, the selfless character decides, more than anything, with the boys is where he needs to be. Quickly, without hesitation, Casey announces his departure from the firehouse and Chicago, stating his decision comes as he feels “lives are on the line.”

However, while “Chicago Fire” fans will surely miss the series original character, that’s not to say we won’t see an eventual Matt Casey return. Both on- and off-screen, Spencer highlighted the potential for he and his character’s return. Casey emphasized his plans to return once the younger boy heads off to college.

Meanwhile, Spencer shared that, after 18 years on network television, he simply needs a break. The actor emphasized, “My home here with my wife is in Chicago, and so I’m still going to be here, but I’m just stepping back for right now.”

Additionally, showrunner Derek Haas shared that Chief Boden’s good-bye address at the end of the episode came from his own thoughts and feelings about Jesse Spencer. Of his departure, Haas said, “I was, of course, wanting to talk Jesse into staying and coming back. But I was very happy that he gave us five more episodes,” allowing for an open-ended possibility for the character’s return.

Jesse Spencer’s Unfinished Business with Fellow Cast Member

While “Chicago Fire” fans take solace in knowing we may eventually see the return of beloved Captain Matt Casey, we are disappointed to see the character abandon his relationship with paramedic Sylvie Brett not long after their relationship has officially begun.

Of the situation, Spencer said the timing of his departure is unfortunate in that regard. “It was difficult because I really like Kara [Killmer]. We’ve established a really, really nice relationship,” he said.

Nevertheless, the approach to Casey’s departure makes the new couple’s physical separation appear more authentic.

In the end, we can continue to hope Casey and Brett reunite at some point.