NBC's 'Chicago Fire' Gets Full Season Pick-Up

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November 8th, 2012

On the heels of last night's ratings boost courtesy of The Voice, NBC has given the back nine order for Chicago Fire for a full season of 22 episodes. While some knuckleheads will spin this as a renewal, it's not. But it is a full season pick-up which is good news for fans.

Here's the press release:



UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – November 8, 2012 – NBC has picked up its new freshman drama “Chicago Fire” with a production commitment for the remainder of the 2012-13 season, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

“We all love this thrilling new drama with its sexy breakout cast. We are excited to see it gaining traction on our schedule,” said Salke. “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. We are incredibly invested in this one and can’t wait to hear about their plans for the rest of the season.”

"Chicago Fire" is averaging a 2.4 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 8.0 million viewers overall in "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research through the season's first six weeks. In "live plus same day" results for the current week, "Chicago Fire" generated new series highs in adults 18-49 and total viewers, making it the first new drama on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox this season to top its premiere results with any subsequent telecast.

From renowned, Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order" brand) and creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, the writing team behind "3:10 to Yuma," comes the high-octane drama "Chicago Fire" -- an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions. For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating. These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way.

The pressure to perform on such a high level has a way of taking a personal toll, sometimes putting team members from the Truck and the specially-trained Rescue Squad at odds with each other. Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer, "House"), in charge of the Truck, butts heads with the brash Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney, "The Vampire Diaries") of the Rescue Squad.

The firehouse also includes: Battalion Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker, "Oz"); paramedics Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund, "The Good Wife") and Leslie Shay (Lauren German, "Hawaii Five-O"); Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett, "Law & Order: SVU"), an academy graduate who is the latest generation in a family of firefighters; and Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg, "Sex and the City"), a seasoned veteran who must uproot his family to move in with his in-laws.

In addition to Wolf, Haas and Brandt, executive producers also include Matt Olmstead ("Breakout Kings"), Joe Chappelle ("The Wire"), Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski ("Law & Order" brand). "Chicago Fire" is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

  • CBSviewer

    Good :-)




    I sorta like this show. good news.

  • dr.dre

    YAY!! Go ChiFire. Love it.

  • DonJ1973

    I know alot of people wrote off this show as a ripoff of Rescue Me, but it’s actually gotten quite good in the last few weeks. I like the Casey arc and Severide’s arc is interesting too.

    Sarah Shahi is also joining the cast starting with episode 9 as a recurring character. She wrote it on her Facebook page.

  • Jesus

    That’s amazing. One of the best new shows this season.

  • Greg

    This makes sense to me, the show is doing solidly by NBC standards and I don’t think they can do any better with Law & Order as a lead in.

  • Dan

    I just said this in the Whitney post Chicago Fire gets a full season and Whitney and GWK will probably get full years in a few weeks. With Animal Practice as NBCs likely only fall cancellation (Not counting Next Caller) it seems this is shaping up to be one of NBCs best seasons in recent years.

  • iMe

    That’s huge for Chicago Fire the show that was picked not to make it to all 13 episodes.

    It was pretty much in the bag after last night’s performance that it was going to get the back 9 so no surprise here but the renewal is what it needs to fight for and as long as CF stays steady and take advantage of Whitney’s lead-in expect CF to comeback in 2013-14.

  • Dan

    This is also one of the few rare seasons along with Fall 2009 that NBCs two fall freshman dramas got full years However is worth noting that Mercy and Trauma from 2009 were both axed after one season and Trauma got cuyo to 18

  • r0ckmypants

    I think this is a little premature, but not totally unexpected. NBC just has a lot of programming to squeeze into few slots at midseason.

  • SarahL

    Sarah Shahi, just what this show needs, another model looking actor who cannot act.

  • Percysowner

    I missed the first few weeks, but tuned in, for no real reason, a couple of weeks ago. I’m really enjoying it, so I’m glad it will at least have until the end of the year.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “That’s huge for Chicago Fire the show that was picked not to make it to all 13 episodes.”

    Picked by who? Certainly not us.


    @iMe Take advantage of Whitney’s lead-in? Are you on crazy pills? Whitney’s ratings suck and there’s very little chance they’ll improve dramatically this year to make a good lead-in for anything!

  • psychic

    Thank goodness. It’s pure, unabashed entertainment, and fits more character development, drama, and sex into one episode than ER did in a whole season. I won’t say it’s good, exactly, but it’s surely entertainment and it really doesn’t take itself seriously, solemn though it may be.
    And there are my thoughts. ;p

  • Vcoolwater

    Congrats cf fans. I think nbc is jumping the gun. They should have waited until next week. What happens if the ratings drop again? Then again nbc is not known for making smart decisions

  • TVDude

    Hey, more episodes is more episodes, who cares what season they come in? Two seasons with 13 episodes is only 26, so a full 22 episodes in one season is definitely not a bad thing.

    I personally don’t care for shows like this, or SVU. However, my wife loves them so despite the fact that I’m not a fan, I’ve seen a few episodes. It looks like I’ll get to see a few more too.

  • ken

    I’m glad the series has been lengthened to 22 episodes. It has become much better during the last few weeks. Suspense is building with several storylines simultaneously. ALSO I enjoy seeing the shots of Chicago in the background.

  • Justin121

    Is there a time limit on when a network can pick up the “back 9″?

    If so, when is that?

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