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NBC Renews 3 Dramas

Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Grimm picked up for next season

Chicago Fire (NBC)

NBC has renewed the Dick Wolf series, Chicago Fire, and its freshman spinoff drama, Chicago P.D., for the 2014-15 broadcast TV season. The network also ordered a fourth season of its supernatural Friday night strip, Grimm.

Now in its second season, Chicago Fire is currently averaging 7.6 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data. Not only does this mark a 17 percent increase versus its Season 1 average (1.8), but Fire has also nicely spruced up the Tuesday 10 p.m. time slot. When compared to previous occupants Parenthood, Grimm and Smash, Fire is up 50 percent in the dollar demo.

Chicago P.D. similarly has rejuvenated the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot, averaging 6.54 million viewers and a 1.7 in the demo, up 55 percent when compared to its short-lived predecessor, Ironside (1.1). The midseason cop show is down just one-tenth of a ratings point versus the 2012-13 occupant … which just so happens to be its forebear.

On Friday nights, Grimm is averaging 5.55 million viewers and a 1.5 in the demo, about what it delivered in its second season in the same window.

The three series join the previously renewed hit The Blacklist, which was picked up for a second season on Dec. 3. Other NBC shows that have been guaranteed a return ticket are Parks and Recreation, The Voice and The Biggest Loser.

The fates of a number of other veteran NBC programs (Law & Order: SVU, Hannibal, Community, Parenthood, Revolution) have yet to be determined. The network has a lot of irons in the fire—it ordered 27 scripted pilots for 2014-15—and underperformers are likely to be shown the door.

Season-to-date, NBC is in first place in the 18-49 demo, averaging a 3.0 rating, up 20 percent versus the year-ago period. All told, NBC has earned the ratings crown in 16 of the 25 weeks on the books.

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