Why Chicago Med's Ratings Keep Rising, According To Yaya DaCosta
When it comes to ruling primetime with an interconnected universe, Dick Wolf's Chicago dramas have things sewn up pretty tight over on NBC's Wednesday nights. Chicago Med, in particular, is one of few TV series that has managed to boost its average year-to-year viewership with its fourth season. Med star Yaya DaCosta recently spoke with CinemaBlend and other outlets for an NBC press junket, and when our own Jeff McCobb asked why she thought the show's audience just keeps building, she offered this as part of her reply:
Like one of Dick Wolf's other mainstream TV successes, Chicago Med is no first-year student when it comes to ripping from the headlines for its various plots and patients. But that's obviously not the only way the show's creative team handles the storytelling, considering there are a ton of personal relationships to develop that wouldn't get served well with mainstream news stories as an inspiration.
Here, Yaya DaCosta talks about those relationships being another reason why Chicago Med can maintain such a steady viewership.
Anyone who watches any or all of the Chicago dramas knows just how exciting and frustrating the various romances and partnerships can be, depending on what the writers are doing with them. Considering there are so many characters to pay attention to across Med, Fire and P.D., I suppose fans should always be grateful to get as much time with our favorite characters as we do. (But griping can still be healthy for fans' mental health.)
Speaking of being grateful, though, Yaya DaCosta is anything but braggadocious about Chicago Med's rating wins. Here, she talks about being quite thankful for all the attention and support the show has amassed.
With a third season that topped its second by an average of around 600,000 viewers, Chicago Med is on course to possibly rise even higher with Season 4. Many of Season 3's live episodes were only getting watched by around 6.5 million viewers, while recent Season 4 episodes have Live+Same Day viewership totals topping 9 million. Plus, most episodes are bringing in over 3 million more pairs of eyeballs in Live+7 delayed viewing. Be jealous, most other shows.
Chicago Med, which has understandably already been renewed for Season 5, airs every Wednesday night on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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