This announcement doesn’t come as a surprise: NBC has renewed three of its dramas — Grimm, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD — for the 2014-15 season.
Grimm, a reliable show for NBC on Friday nights, is being renewed for season 4. There wasn’t really any doubt about the fantasy drama’s future because if networks renew a show for a third season, it’s highly likely they’ll do the same for a fourth for syndication purposes.
That reasoning could spell good news for Chicago Fire as if heads into season 3 in the fall. And Fire‘s spin-off, Chicago PD, will begin its sophomore outing next season.
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The most recent episode of Grimm drew 5.4 million viewers, Chicago Fire had 7.05 million and Chicago PD brought in 5.7 million viewers.
Grimm is the #1 Friday night drama among the top networks in the 18-49 demographic. A similar distinction can be made for Fire, which is #1 in the demographic for the Tuesdays at 10pm timeslot. And impressively, PD has managed to retain 94% (in 18-49) and 97% (in total viewers) of the audience from its lead-in, Law and Order: SVU.
The press release by NBC also notes that both Chicago series will hold crossover episodes on April 29 and 30, when a bomb explosion rocks the city on Fire, and the police squad deals with the aftermath on PD.
The network previous picked up both Parks and Recreation for season 7 and The Celebrity Apprentice for season 14, but they’ve now made it official.
NBC has already given renewals to The Blacklist (for season 2), The Voice (for season 7) and The Biggest Loser (for season 16).
As for the remaining shows still up in the air, Dracula is most likely going to be cancelled, with Revolution‘s chances not looking too good at the moment. It’s too early to tell what the future holds for Hannibal, Believe, Crisis, Growing Up Fisher and About a Boy.
And while Law and Order: SVU is expected to return in the fall, what could result in a cancellation is the fact that it’s an aging show that might be getting too expensive for NBC, despite solid ratings. NBC has been doing pretty well this season, so it’s unlikely they would want to tamper with something so reliable for them.
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