'Chicago P.D.' sets off a few alarms (but not many)

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Reception to NBC’s new drama Chicago P.D. wasn’t quite as cold as the temps these days in the windy city: The latest law drama from Dick Wolf only generated a 2.0 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. Still, that’s flat with the debut last January of Deception, that amusing little Revenge ripoff with Victor Garber, Tate Donovan and I can’t remember who else.

It wasn’t the easiest night to premiere: the drama that stars the (still smoking) Jason Beghe and the is-she-seriously-playing-a-detective? Sophia Bush had CBS’ popular People’s Choice Awards for competition. The show that named Sandra Bullock a favorite drama AND comedy movie actress earned a 2.3/7, even though it was down 15% from last year’s telecast on Jan. 9.

But NBC did have two of its shinier dramas as Chicago’s lead-in (even though only one of them performed admirably). Revolution pulled in a mere 1.6/5 (though that was up 14% from its last original on Nov. 20) while Law & Order: SVU earned a 2.1/6, up 31% from its last original on Nov. 20. Still, NBC felt its new drama gave them something to boast about, as it scored the No. 2 debut rating among nine new 10 p.m. dramas so far this season on the Big Three Nets in 18-49, second only to The Blacklist (3.8).

ABC had a good news-bad news night with its comedies. The Middle earned a 2.2/7, up 10 percent from its last original, while Modern Family grabbed a 3.5/10, but Super Fun Night only scored a 1.5/4 in a special time at 8:30 p.m. and a 1.8/5 behind MF at 9:30. Sorry, Rebel. That repeat of David Blaine: Real or Magic hobbled in at 10 with a 1.4/4.

Fox phoned it in with its telecast of the movie Step Brothers, which averaged a 1.2/3.

 

 

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