It’s time for fans of the Windy City franchise to pop some champagne. NBC has renewed most of its Chicago-based shows – “Chicago Fire” and its spin-offs “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med – for one more season.
Which means, “Chicago Fire” will return this fall with Season 6, “Chicago PD” will return this fall with Season 5 and “Chicago Med” will return with brand-new episodes in Season 3. TVLine first reported the news. Additionally, “Fire” recently celebrated its 100th episode.
NBC has yet to make a decision on the fate of “Chicago Justice,” “Fire’s” newest offshoot.
“Chicago Fire,” a series produced by Dick Wolf, premiered in 2012. Its first spin-off, “PD,” premiered in 2014 and the third show, “Med,” aired on NBC in 2015.
All three shows do very well on NBC, especially in the era of peak TV. According to Entertainment Weekly, “Chicago Fire” averaged 9.8 million viewers and 2.3 demo rating in Season 5, “Chicago PD” averaged 8.2 million viewers and a 1.9 rating in Season 4 while the sophomore season of “Chicago Med” averaged 9.3 million viewers and a 1.9 rating.
Stars in the One Chicago universe reacted to news of their shows getting renewed. Torrey DeVitto, who plays Dr. Natalie Manning in the medical drama on NBC, thanked all fans for their support. Moreover, Monica Raymund, who plays firefighter Gabriela Dawson in Firehouse 51, shared the good news and also thanked fans.
Although this is good news for fans of the three series, NBC has yet to officially pickup Wolf’s “Law & Order: SVU” for another season. However, Deadline reports that the renewal is expected to be announced once star Mariska Hargitay closes her deal.
There is also some amount of speculation that “Chicago Justice” may not continue. It averages 8.0 million viewers with a 1.5 demo rating. It was expected that either “Justice” or “Med” would be axed in 2017. Given that “Med” just got renewed, rumors suggest that legal drama might not make the renewal cut.
In the era of peak TV, when viewers have numerous shows to choose from, network drama series don’t make as much money as they used to. Furthermore, the peacock network hasn’t inked any syndication deals for “Fire” and “PD” even though both shows have completed four seasons.
In other news, “PD” actress Marina Squerciati, who plays Officer Kim Burgess on the show, recently gave birth to her first child. She has been on a break and her character has taken a leave of absence on the show. Burgess will return in Season 5.
“Med” just wrapped up Season 2 on Thursday, “Fire” and “PD” will airs its Season 5 finale and Season 4 finale respectively next week.
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