‘Chicago Fire’ Shares Strong Connections to ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and ‘FBI’

by Shelby Scott

NBC’s “One Chicago” franchise has become one of the most successful on the network. Over time, we’ve seen numerous successful minor and major crossovers between the franchise’s three hit series. However, procedural dramas across the network have also crossed paths with “Chicago Fire” and its sister shows.

One of the most iconic crossover Wolf Entertainment events came when “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,” and “Chicago Med” faced one terribly intriguing disease, the episodes deemed, “Infection.” However, according to Looper, “Chicago Fire” cast members frequently feature on other Wolf Entertainment-produced shows including “Law & Order: SVU” and even the CBS hit show, “F.B.I.

The earliest crossover event came in 2014. At the time, “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” both featured in an episode of “Law & Order: SVU.” Fans of the procedural dramas loved the event so much, another took place in 2017. This time, the plot line dominated a host of Wolf’s hit shows. The plot followed a major arson story spanning across, obviously, “Chicago Fire” in addition to “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” and the since-terminated “Chicago Justice.” Overall, the investigation was overseen by “Law & Order’s” Judge Danielle Melnick.

As for the CBS/NBC crossover, it was not nearly as prevalent as the 2017 event. However, during an episode of the former’s “F.B.I.,” NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” officer, Hailey Upton, teamed up with the New York City-based team member Agent Zidan.

Now, this year marks a decade of the “One Chicago” series. As such, we can only hope the franchise’s explosive new seasons feature another crossover event between our favorite shows.

‘Chicago Fire’ Holds Steady as FOX Airs World Series Game 2

The fall season features as television networks’ prime time for new season premieres. However, in another aspect, it also dominates as America’s favorite pastime sees the close of its season. Wednesday night saw FOX airing the MLB’s World Series Game 2. During which, we worried our “One Chicago” series would take a dip in ratings.

While the assumption would make sense, with American baseball fans across the country tuning in to the annual sports event, it appeared “Chicago Fire” was able to hold its own.

Despite the drop in viewership, “Chicago Fire’s” score remained relatively the same, dropping only a tenth of a point according to Looper. Its sister show, “Chicago Med” saw the same exact viewership score, as well as the same demo rating of 0.7.

Meanwhile, and as its been throughout this season, “Chicago P.D.” lagged pretty far behind, reigning in only 5.5 million viewers. However, despite the dip in viewership, especially since “Chicago P.D.” debuts at a less popular time than its sister shows, it remained a demo rating exactly the same as “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”

Now, as we head into another week without “Chicago Fire’s” beloved Matt Casey, it will be interesting to see how the show does in terms of viewership. As for this Outsider, you can still catch me watching “Chicago Fire” every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.