Big Win for CHICAGO MED
April 8, 2015 by Mike McNamara
It was actually judgment day for more than just Chicago's mayor on Tuesday night. It was also the day of reckoning for the long-awaited CHICAGO MED "embedded pilot," which aired last night as CHICAGO FIRE episode #319. Both emerged victorious. Rahm won the mayoral election with a less-than-decisive 55% of the vote while CHICAGO MED registered a much more resounding victory in winning the 9 p.m. Central slot for NBC.
Variety reported the preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, in which CHICAGO FIRE's steady lead-in THE VOICE averaged a 2.7 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m.; it was the night’s No. 1 program in 18-49 and 25-54 (3.6/10). In the 9 p.m. Central slot, the CHICAGO FIRE/CHICAGO MED episode entitled "I Am the Apocalypse" (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) delivered an impressive 25% boost from its prior original on March 17 and won its hour among the Big Four in 18-49 by a healthy 53% margin over CBS’ PERSON OF INTEREST.
In "I Am the Apocalypse," the FIREHOUSE 51 team transports victims of a chemical leak to Chicago Med, where the bad situation turns even worse due to a grenade-carrying madman who claims to have a deadly airborne disease. The cast for this potential CHICAGO MED spinoff is highlighted by Oliver Platt, Golden Globe and Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkeson, Yaya DaCosta and THE WALKING DEAD's Laurie Holden.
So what's next for CHICAGO MED? Well, we needed episode #319 to fare well in the ratings and it did. But don't expect a decision this week from NBC. We'll most likely have news in early May as to the fate of this potential third Dick Wolf series in Chicago. As always, I'll keep you posted!
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.