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.


    No real surprise

  • mike

    it started out great then it became boring and uninteresting i wish it go away

  • C4mp

    I admit, I wanted to dislike this but … it has grown on me. It’s by no means amazing but it’s ok time suckage before going to sleep.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@Bill Gorman, Thoughts on NBC adapting a cable-esque model for the network? They have a pretty full slate, but could they be looking for more series with shorter seasons? Of course certain ones would still have full seasons like Parks, SVU, etc.”

    I’m still calling BS on most of the examples others have raised of some sort of change to the broadcast business model. Each can be explained by completely logical reasons having nothing to do with some sort of cable-ish business model, which I do acknowledge has a public PR fascination for many broadcast execs.

  • Nancy Mahews

    I just don’t like shows about fires, so I don’t watch it, but having said tha good for them and their fans. I didn’t watch rescue me either. I have nightmares when I see things burn so I stay away from it.

  • richard

    Yes. great show. Is it as good as malcolm in the middle or awake or justified or dexter or breaking bad? no. but still pretty good.

  • Bob

    I seriously hope that Guys with Kids get a full season and possibly renewal. It is doing well considering NBC. It was up .02 from 30 Rock!!!! It seems to be steady. If it beats Whitney than NBC needs to move it to another day perhaps. I hear a lot of people watch The Middle and then turn on Guys with Kids…makes sense even though both are on different networks. I am so happy for Chicago Fire fans. Congrats on the back 9. I did watch the premier and didn’t like it much so haven’t returned. However, I may just take this three-day weekend and give it another chance watching it “on demand” or if they don’t have all the episodes, I can watch it on Amazon Instant Video for 1.99 an episode.

  • richard

    @ bob, its on demand, and trust me it greatly improves from that abomination of a pilot.

  • John

    I’ve a three-episode rule and couldn’t make it to the end of episode 3. Its so boring. I’m out. But happy for the fans though.

  • bsp

    Not surprising at all. CF is growing its audience, much as Person of Interest did in its first season.

  • Waxwork

    Chicago Fire has an audience now, somebody brought up a great point that this show could’ve turned out as this year’s Prime Suspect but it didn’t. It just tells you how important lead-ins are these days.

    NBC Wednesdays are starting to look like a go to night in the future for NBC. As you got Whitney, Guys with Kids, SVU, and Chicago Fire.

  • ann

    I am happy to see this news as I enjoy CF. It has improved every week since the pilot. I’m a Shiri Appleby fan also and can’t wait to see more of her arc unfold.

  • jimbo

    Guys with kids….i want to watch this next year ,too Please!!!!!!!

  • Bubbles

    Love this show!!! I look forward to it more than anything else on network television!

  • Char

    Really glad that more episodes have been picked up. CF keeps growing on me and I prefer it to most of the new dramas that were brought on this year. NBC has a rep for trying to give good shows a chance to catch on so I hope word of mouth will encourage other to watch.

  • Michelle

    Great news to me! I don’t know if it will get renewed, but I can enjoy it while it is on!!

  • Cliff Koch

    Wolf is a genius as demonstrated on all the Law and Order dramas. I love this show because it is edgy and you never know what is going to happen. It is like reading a novel;in that, it is a thinking persons show. Thanks NBC for giving Chicago Fire a full season. Cliff

  • christi

    This has to be one of the best, if not the best, fire/cop/paramedic shows released in a very long time and it is about time. I anticipate the next show as soon as the credits roll on the present episode. Finally NBC has a winner….Please do not cancel this after one year like you do almost all shows. Give these guys a hero’s chance.

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