January 03, 2013 8:54am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Chicago Fire' Hits Series High as NBC's Wednesday Lineup Grows
NBC took the night in the key adults 18-to-49 demographic (2.1 rating) and total viewers (6.9 million) thanks to original outings from its entire Wednesday lineup. Whitney, up 29 percent to a 1.8, hit its highest rating since its Wednesday debut in January 2012. Guys With Kids (1.7) was up 21 percent to a series high, not including its sampling at the beginning of the season. Law and Order: SVU (2.1) grew half of a point and matched its best demo showing since November 2011, and at 10 p.m., Chicago Fire, also jumping half a point, pulled a 2.4 -- a series high.
Airing encores until a Nashville clip show (1.1), ABC pulled a 1.5 rating in adults 18-to-49 for the night and 5 million viewers. CBS aired repeats of Mike & Molly, Criminal Minds and CSI, also pulling a 1.5 in the demo and earning 6.4 million viewers.
Mobbed returned to Fox with back-to-back original specials. The first pulled a 1.0 rating, while the second grew to a 1.1. Both were down from the series' last outing in February 2012. The block averaged a 1.1 rating and 2.9 million viewers.
Repeats of Arrow and Supernatural pulled a 0.5 rating and 1.8 million viewers on The CW.
Univision had a 1.6 for the night, topping all broadcast networks but NBC.