This week is a tough, weird one for network television shows. Major League Baseball is in the middle of the World Series on FOX, so it is fair to assume ratings for other shows will be affected by it. October is a time where legends are made in MLB, and lots of viewers turn their attention to America’s past time around this time. This is to say this might be a blip for shows like Chicago Fire and Survivor, who saw their ratings drop. They went against Game 2 with the Astros vs. Braves. Houston won the game 6-2 and tied the series up at one win apiece.
How did the World Series affect TV ratings for shows like Chicago Fire and Survivor?
In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s coverage of the World Series Game 2 averaged 8.9 million total viewers (and a 1.8 demo rating), down a bit from the preliminary numbers for the Braves/Astros opener, per TV Line.
Chicago Fire is in a period of transition. Longtime cast member and star Jesse Spencer left the show for personal reasons. Still, the Chicago show family performed pretty steadily given the circumstances. For instance, Chicago Fire was only down a tenth of a point. This was the case for the rest of the shows in this family, thereabouts.
Chicago Fire beat Survivor, who hit 5 million, and CSI: Vegas who hit 3.5 million. Interestingly, Survivor led the demo among the group of shows in the non-sports demo.
Both Chicago Fire and Survivor have made lots of headlines of late. With Casey leaving Chicago Fire, questions have been swirling about the show’s future. There are rumors about Severide taking a larger role on the fire with Spencer’s departure. The opportunity is there. We will likely see a variety of characters pop out until the show figures out who will take the larger role long-term. It is good to see that the show looks to be fine without such an iconic character going forward.
For Survivor, the drama for Ricard voting out Genie is a huge deal at the moment. Was this a poor play by Ricard to choose strategy over loyalty? Is Shan still the tribe leader? Survivor, like Chicago Fire, is heating up at the right time. Not to mention the serial arsonist storyline for Chicago Fire, there is a lot of drama for fans to dive into. Good news for the programs as the World Series will conclude as early as this weekend, but the end of next week at the latest.