NBC has to be really pleased as the One Chicago franchise of shows Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med scored big rating victories.
All three air on Wednesday nights, which pits it against some stiff competition. They provided solid ratings.
Not this week, though, as the Dick Wolf-created shows proved too much for other networks’ programming.
Let’s see how everything worked out in a story from TVLine.
Well, all three shows had more than 5.5 million viewers. Med had 6.4 million, Fire posted 6.8 million, and PD had 5.5 million. All three shows posted a 0.7 rating in the demo.
The franchise shows will return next Wednesday. So, Outsiders, we will see what happens in the ratings game.
NBC Shared ‘One Chicago’ Photos Ahead of Season Opener For All Three Shows
Chicago Med wasn’t going to have Dr. Natalie Manning coming back. She went and stole drugs and even though she did it, Halstead took the heat. He lost his job but Manning did confess. It led to her firing.
Torrey DeVitto, who played Manning, is going after other projects these days.
On Fire, the previous season finale saw the team was trapped underwater. Lieutenant Kelly Severide and Joe Cruz were with them. We were waiting to see what happened to Chief Wallace Boden.
Is that enough drama? No! OK, well over on P.D., Officer Kim Burgess was shot while on the pursuit of a wanted criminal. Halstead and Atwater rushed her to Chicago Med. The show ended with her life in a perilous situation.
All three shows addressed these situations.
‘Chicago Fire’ Sees Spencer Leave Show, Possibly Make Room For Another Return
Chicago Fire fans said goodbye to Jesse Spencer and his character, Matthew Casey.
Casey was moving to Oregon, where he would look after Station 51 firefighter Andy Darden’s sons. Darden died in Season 1. While Casey was a central member of the show, there always is a possibility for a return as there is an open ending for some characters.
So, what about having Jimmy Borrelli return?
It has been a stretch since he has appeared on a “One Chicago” show. Executive producer Michael Brandt teased Borrelli returning in an interview from 2016.
Brandt told TVLine that “character-wise, you can never burn bridges on a show too badly to not salvage them.
“At the end of the episode, there’s a scene between him and Boden where you realize everything is OK between them,” Brandt said. “Boden respects why Jimmy did what he did. But that said, there are no plans right now to bring Jimmy back to the show.”