‘Chicago Fire’ Was Wednesday’s Most-Watched Show With Exit of Jesse Spencer

by Joe Rutland

“Chicago Fire,” with its 200th episode and longtime cast member Jesse Spencer leaving, scored the most-watched show title on Wednesday night.

An article from The Hollywood Reporter states the “One Chicago” franchise show drew 7.36 million viewers. That matches its Sept. 29 episode for its best mark this season so far. The show posted a 0.81 demo rating in adults 18-49, which was in line with last week. 

What about the other shows in the franchise? “Chicago Med” had 6.77 million viewers with a 0.73 rating. “Chicago P.D.” had 5.57 million viewers with a 0.69 rating.

‘Chicago Fire’ Says Goodbye to Spencer, Who Played Matt Casey On Show

Spencer has played Matthew Casey since “Chicago Fire” debuted on NBC.

Several seasons in the making, Captain Casey and paramedic Sylvie Brett finally admitted their love for one another during the season 9 finale. Now, five episodes into season 10, Casey is leaving Brett, played by Kara Killmer, to head to Oregon. The transition leaves the state of their relationship with a big question mark.

Following last night’s episode, Spencer revealed how he feels about his character’s unfinished business with Brett.

TVLine shared that while the build to Casey and Brett’s relationship was long in coming, the actor admitted the timing of his departure is unfortunate. 

What about other shows on a Wednesday night? Well, CBS’s “Survivor” smacked Fox’s “The Masked Singer” among adults 18-49.

“Survivor” inched back over the 1.0 demo rating mark with a 1.01 mark for its best same-day mark since its Sept. 20 season premiere. It averaged 5.63 million viewers, about the same as last week. CBS’s other Wednesday night shows, “Tough as Nails” (0.41, 2.75 million) and “CSI: Vegas” (0.35, 3.54 million) showed slight declines.

On Fox, “The Masked Singer” posted 4.53 million viewers and a 0.95 in adults 18-49. “Alter Ego” (2.17 million, 0.37) dipped from last week’s numbers, too.

Sports Coverage Dominated Cable Television Ratings, Led By NLCS Game

Over on ABC, its comedy block was down. “The Goldbergs,” with 2.91 million viewers and a 0.54 demo rating; “The Wonder Years,” with 2.08 million and 0.39; and “Home Economics” at 1.66 million and 0.29, had season lows in total viewers. 

“The Goldbergs” and “The Wonder Years” also posted below-average 18-49 ratings (“The Conners” and “A Million Little Things” were off Wednesday night).

And on the CW, their shows were pretty steady with “Legends of Tomorrow” at 521,000 viewers, 0.08 in 18-49, followed by “Batwoman” at 487,000, 0.08.

Sports ratings were dominant on cable television. TBS’s coverage of the Braves-Dodgers National League Championship Series averaged 5.34 million viewers and a 1.35 in adults 18-49. That 18-49 mark led both broadcast and cable programming in primetime.