'Chicago Fire' ratings rise

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There’s a headline you didn’t expect to see this morning!

NBC’s Chicago Fire may not have impressed the critics, but the freshman drama’s ratings jumped 20 percent for its third episode last night. The hunky firefighting drama had 6.3 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the adult demo. The improvement was at least partly due to lead-in Law & Order: SVU (6.7 million, 1.8) climbing 13 percent for its 300th episode. Chicago Fire‘s numbers are still not impressive — it ranked last at 10 p.m. — but any week your ratings go up 20 percent is a good week.

Chicago Fire was topped by CBS’ CSI (9.8 million, 2.4), which won hour and was up 4 percent from last week. So with NBC and CBS rising at 10 p.m., what did that mean for ABC’s Nashville (6.6 million, 2.0)? Some silver lining there, too, with the country music drama steady after its sharp drop last week.

Another new drama, The CW’s Arrow (3.5 million, 1.1), slipped 15 percent, which dragged down Supernatural (1.8 million, 0.7).

Overall, Fox won the night with Game 1 of the World Series but accurate ratings for the game have not yet been released. Rivals held up really well despite the baseball competition. Nearly everybody was close to their performance last week.

Also Wednesday, CBS had a steady Survivor (10.1 million, 2.8) and nearly flat Criminal Minds (11.5 million, 3.0). ABC had its comedy block, all sitcoms within 5 percent of last week. NBC burned off the cancelled Animal Practice, but Guys with Kids (3.8 million, 1.3) hit a season low.

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