On the heels of its best overnight rating ever, “Chicago Fire” has earned a full-season pickup from NBC.
The network gave the drama its back-nine order late Thursday afternoon (Nov. 8). The writing may have been on the wall a little earlier than that, though, as the show was left in its Wednesday-night slot when NBC announced its midseason schedule.
“We all love this thrilling new drama with its sexy breakout cast. We are excited to see it gaining traction on our schedule,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke says. “Executive producer Dick Wolf and all the producers have done an amazing job developing a high-stakes series with lots of great heroic characters whose exploits are depicted in Dick’s typically epic storytelling style.”
“Chicago Fire” is averaging 8 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 so far this season, including DVR viewing for the first couple of episodes. Its same-day audience has been closer 6 million viewers, although Wednesday’s (Nov. 7) show, aided by a stronger-than-usual lead-in from “The Voice,” scored 7 million people.
It joins fellow NBC freshmen “Revolution,” “Go On” and “The New Normal” in getting a full-season order.