Big Win for CHICAGO FIRE

Big Win for CHICAGO FIRE

BIG WIN FOR CHICAGO FIRE! It has been a premiere week slugfest between the Big Four and for the first time in eight years, NBC has won Tuesday of premiere week in the 18-49 demographic.

This historic win for NBC was due in part to a huge series premiere for everyone’s favorite drama CHICAGO FIRE. FIRE ratings jumped 47 percent from its year-ago series premiere with a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, more than enough for the Dick Wolf drama to win the hour. Meanwhile, FIRE’s lead-in, NBC’s sledgehammer hit THE VOICE, followed up its massive Monday premiere with a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49, a 15 percent improvement from the Tuesday premiere last fall.

And here’s a stat to help decipher all of these seemingly arbitrary ratings numbers that don’t really mean all that much to meat-and-potatoes folks like me… CHICAGO FIRE brought in a total of 9.2 million viewers. That’s a big, beautiful number, and great news for the folks at Firehouse 51.

In case you missed it, you can enjoy the premiere episode here.

READY FOR BETRAYAL? The ABC series BETRAYAL, currently filming in Chicago, premieres this Sunday at 9 pm CST. The series revolves around a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer (Hannah Ware, who returns to Chicago, where she played “Emma Kane” in the series BOSS) who begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband (Chris Johnson), the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.

ABC recently announced a couple of compelling additions to the cast. Baseball fans and Chicagoans alike probably most remember D.B. Sweeney as Shoeless Joe Jackson in EIGHT MEN OUT way back when. Sweeney will surface in the sixth episode of BETRAYAL as Richard Goss, the ambitious, intense and formidable new director of the criminal division of the state attorney's office. Meanwhile, SOUTHLAND star Roxana Brusso appears as FBI agent Serena Sanguillen in the second episode.

The production team for BETRAYAL includes Midwest native Tim Iacofano (line producer), creator/writer/executive producer David Zabel and executive producers Lisa Zwerling, Alon Aranya, Frank Ketelaar, Robert Kievit and MONSTER director Patty Jenkins.

Check out the trailer for BETRAYAL here and a series previews here!

SHORT FILM SEEKING A KICKSTART: Chicago native Chris Folkens is pulling together funds for his upcoming short film, the powerful anti-suicide themed piece TRIGGER. You can contribute to Chris’s Kickstarter drive here.

Is your film heading into production? Please drop me a note at mac@midwestfilm.com and tell me all about it. I’ll do my best to include it in “The Call Sheet.”

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.