NBC is keeping one of TV's most popular franchises intact for another season.
The Peacock network has revealed that Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med will be back for the 2019-20 season.
“We remain in awe of the job Dick Wolf, our producers, casts and crews do in creating some of the most compelling television today,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.
“The ‘Chicago’ franchise is a lynchpin of our schedule and we’re thrilled that audiences have embraced our Wednesdays with such incredible passion for these shows and characters.”
So far this season, NBC’s Wednesday lineup of Chicago dramas is undefeated on the night in total viewers, winning 15 of 15 Wednesday nights when in originals.
That’s propelled NBC to the Wednesday lead at this point in the season for the first in 16 years, despite competition this season from such solid rivals such as Empire, Survivor, The Masked Singer, and Modern Family.
All three dramas are delivering their most-watched seasons ever, with Chicago Med averaging a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.4 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” averages from Nielsen Media Research, “Chicago Fire” at a 2.1 in 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers and “Chicago P.D.” earning a 2.1 in 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers.
The renewal is for Chicago Fire Season 8, Chicago PD Season 7, and Chicago Med Season 5.
Many thought airing all shows in one night would result in viewer fatigue, but it appears the big risk has paid off, especially if the ratings are strong.
The renewals are a no-brainer given that the franchise is a viable one for NBC.
The shows join New Amsterdam, The Good Place, and Will & Grace in the renewal ring.
Midnight, Texas has already been canceled. With NBC starting the process of renewals, we should have some more word on the future of other shows in the few weeks.
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