NBC is the latest network to give out early renewals. The network is bringing back dramas The Blacklist for Season 3, Grimm for Season 5 as well as all 3 Dick Wolf series, Chicago Fire for Season 4, Chicago P.D. for Season 3, and veteran Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for Season 17, just 3 shy of mothership Law & Order drama’s 20-season run as Wolf is once again gunning for the history books. Wolf’s footprint on NBC could further expand next season with the planned second Chicago Fire spinoff, Chicago Med.
Underscoring the overall struggles of comedy this season, there have been 19 scripted series already renewed for next season by four broadcast networks. Only one, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is a comedy.
On the drama side at NBC, missing from the list of early drama renewals are rookies The Mysteries of Laura, Constantine and State of Affairs. Mysteries of Laura has done an OK job in the Wednesday 8 PM hour, anchoring the network’s night of crime procedurals and helping SVU at 9 PM post year-to-year gains. Constantine did not receive a back order though the network is keeping both shows in consideration for next season. State of Affairs‘ renewal prospects are slim. Also heavily on the bubble are NBC’s comedy series Marry Me and About a Boy.
The pickups come at a pivotal moment for The Blacklist, which tonight moves into its new Thursday 9 PM slot as NBC tries to reclaim ground on what has been a very challenging night for the network.
The Blacklist, which is coming off an airing after the Super Bowl, is averaging a 5.1 rating, 15 share in adults 18-49 and 17.4 million viewers so far this season, according to “most current” Nielsen averages. Boosted by its Feb. 2 post-Super Bowl telecast, Blacklist currently ranks #2 among Big 4 entertainment program this season in adults 18-49 behind only CBS’s Big Bang Theory and is the #4 entertainment series in total viewers. The Blacklist delivers the biggest average increase in television of time-shifted viewers going from live plus same day ratings to live+7 day results, increasing by 6.3 million viewers.
The Blacklist stars James Spader as ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington and Megan Boone as his partner, Elizabeth Keen. The series, from Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment, also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold, Amir Arison and Mozhan Marno.
At 10 PM Tuesdays, Chicago Fire is delivering a 2.8 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall this season, making it NBC’s #2 drama in both measures. Chicago Fire has ranked #1 or tied for #1 in 18-49 among the time period’s dramas on ABC, CBS and NBC through 11 of 13 original telecasts so far this season.
The firefighter series, from Universal Television and Wolf Films, stars Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, Kara Kilmer, Charlie Barnett, David Eigenberg, Yuri Sardarov, Joe Minoso and Christian Stolte.
Airing at 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Chicago P.D. is earning a 2.3 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers overall this season, for gains versus last season of +10% in 18-49 and +14% in total viewers. Chicago P.D. has finished #1 or tied for #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period with five of its last six original broadcasts through Feb. 2.
From Dick Wolf and the team behind Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. is a police drama from Universal Television and Wolf Films. It stars Jason Beghe as Det. Sgt. Hank Voight. Also starring are Jon Seda, Jesse Lee Soffer, Sophia Bush, Elias Koteas, Patrick John Flueger, LaRoyce Hawkins, Marina Squerciati, Amy Morton and Brian Geraghty.
The longest-running drama on television set to enter its 17th season in the fall, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is averaging a 2.5 rating, 7 share in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers. That matches the show’s highest 18-49 rating at this point in the season in four years (since earning a 2.8 in 2010-11). In total viewers, Law & Order: SVU is up +10% this season versus last (9.5 million vs. 8.7 million), and is delivering its biggest overall audience at this point in the season in six years (since averaging 10.5 million in 2008-09).
Also from Universal Television and Wolf Films, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, stars Mariska Hargitay as Sgt, Olivia Benson, acting commander of the SVU. Also starring are Ice-T, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Raúl Esparza and Peter Scanavino.
A Friday night success story, Grimm has averaged a 2.1 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers overall so far this season, making it Friday’s #1 scripted series in 18-49 on the Big 4 networks. Grimm is one of the most time-shifted shows on broadcast television, with its originals growing by an average of +83% going from L+SD Nielsens to L+7.
Grimm, inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, stars David Giuntoli as Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms and increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm. The series, from Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions, also stars Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee.