‘Blindspot’, ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago P.D.’ Renewed by NBC
NBC has handed out a trio of early renewals for the 2016-2017 broadcast season.
The network has renewed freshman drama Blindspot, as well as flagship dramas Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, for next season.
This makes Blindspot the first new fall series to learn its fate for next season, which isn’t a huge surprise, considering it’s the No. 1 new adult series in the adults 18-49 demographic. Starring Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander as a crime-fighting team trying to solve the mystery of Alexander’s identity and the mysterious tattoos covering her body, Blindspot has grown by 71% in that key demographic thanks to Live+Same Day to Live+7 ratings, bringing its viewership from 9.3 million to 15.1 million.
“We are over the moon with the success of Blindspot and want to thank our producers and amazing cast for creating one of the most riveting shows on television,” said NBC president Jennifer Salke, in a statement. “Jaimie and Sullivan have done an amazing job of ratcheting up the tension each week in trying to unravel the mystery of Jane’s tattoos.”
Similarly, NBC has got to be thrilled with the success of the Chicago franchise, which has become their new Law & Order (and just as well, considering it’s created by Law & Order head honcho Dick Wolf). With its latest renewal, Chicago Fire will be reaching its fifth season, while Chicago P.D. will enter its fourth next year. This news comes just a week before the premiere of the hotly-anticipated latest installment to the Chicago franchise, Chicago Med, which debuts on November 17.
I think these renewals make perfect sense, since procedurals are among the few dependable shows on network TV. Given that these shows are more serialized and plot-driven than most, it’s not surprising they’d find an audience that’s invested.
But what do you think of the renewals? Sound off in the comments!
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