Audiences appear to be catching on to NBC's "Chicago Fire," which features Booker High School graduate Charlie Barnett in one of the leading roles.
Airing on Tuesday nights this season, "Chicago Fire" is achieving its highest ratings to date after the first two episodes, which have prominently featured Barnett and his character Peter Mills, a young firefighter trying to figure out his place in the department.
The show has gotten something of a boost this year by airing after two-hour audition episodes of the network's hit talent show "The Voice."
In its first two weeks, "Chicago Fire" has beaten the competition of "Persons of Interest" on CBS and "Lucky 7," ABC's new drama about lottery winners that has gotten some of the season's lowest ratings. Some observers are already speculating it could become the first cancellation of the season.
Network executives are keeping a close on the early ratings. Some shows have seen ratings drops in just their premiere episodes including "The Mindy Project," "Revenge," "New Girl," "The Mentalist." But it can take a couple of weeks of audience sampling the competition before decisions about those futures are determined.
NBC, which has suffered in recent seasons, came out on top during premiere week, thanks in part to NFL football, two nights of the voice and the premiere of "The Blacklist," the James Spader series that held up pretty well in its second episode.
Also doing well is the new Fox series "Sleepy Hollow," about Ichabod Crane living in a modern world. It was the first new show to be picked up for a second season, after just three episodes.