9:06am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Wednesday 'Voice' Drives 'Chicago Fire' to New High
A special Wednesday outing of The Voice helped NBC win the night among adults 18-49, driving freshman drama Chicago Fire to its best ratings of the season in the process. The two-hour live competition delivered a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49, down from the show's regularly scheduled "Playoff" episodes on Monday (down 18 percent) and last Tuesday (down 20 percent). It was still good news for Chicago Fire, though. The drama leaped 44 percent to its strongest showing ever, a 2.3 among adults 18-49. It still marked a steady drop from its lead but tied the hour with CSI. NBC averaged a 3.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.3 million viewers.
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ABC saw gains across the board, starting with The Middle (2.8 adults rating), up 11 percent from last week. The Neighbors (2.1 adults rating) grew by the same margin, while Modern Family (4.7 adults rating) was up 12 percent. Suburgatory (2.9 adults rating) saw the biggest jump with a 21 percent gain over last week, while Nashville was up 11 percent to a 2.0 in the demo. The network averaged a second place 2.8 rating with 18-49-ers and 8 million viewers.
Survivor grew eight percent, week over week, with a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 on CBS. Criminal Minds was up just a tenth of a point to a 2.3 adults rating. CSI, down a tenth of a point, pulled in a 2.3 adults rating to tie a series low. CBS averaged a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 and dominated the night in total viewers with 10.7 million.
The X Factor, up against The Voice once more, was down a tenth of a point from last week's Wednesday outing for a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. Even with it's fast affiliate showing in the demo, the two-hour episode also averaged 6.99 million viewers.
Arrow was another show that saw huge growth last night. Jumping 30 percent to its highest ratings since the premiere, the CW drama scored a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. Supernatural was up two tenths of a point for a 1.0 in the demo, giving the network an average 1.1 rating and 3 million viewers.
Univision pulled a 1.5 rating among 18-49-ers.