Four Chicago shows turned out to be one too many for NBC. The network has canceled “Chicago Justice” after a single season on the air.
The network made the decision late Monday, opting not to go ahead with a second season of the series. It was one of two shows, along with comedy “Trial & Error,” whose futures were still in limbo after NBC announced its 2017-18 schedule.
“Trial & Error” got a renewal, but “Chicago Justice” did not.
“Justice” was the lowest-rated of the four Chicago shows on NBC. It averaged a 1.1 rating and 6.1 million viewers on the night it aired, moving up to 1.6 and about 8.6 million viewers with a week of DVR and on-demand viewing. “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med” all got above 2.0 in Live +7 ratings.
The Chicago shows, under the aegis of producer Dick Wolf, built an interconnected shared world in which characters moved from show to show even outside full-fledged crossovers. Jon Seda, for instance, recurred on “Fire” before becoming a regular on “PD” and then moving to “Justice” as his character, Antonio Dawson, took a job as an investigator for the state’s attorney’s office.
It’s conceivable that Dawson and other characters from “Justice” could continue to appear on the other shows, though nothing to that effect has been announced yet.
With the cancellation, NBC has now closed the books on all of its scripted shows that aired during the traditional season. The network has said it will wait to see how summer shows “Marlon,” “The Carmichael Show” and “The Night Shift” perform before making any decisions on their futures.
“Chicago Justice” joins this list of shows that were canceled in 2016-17.