The day of early renewals at NBC continued into the night, with the network picking up both “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” for 2016-17 late Monday.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement at a junket for the two shows (and their soon-to-premiere sibling, “Chicago Med”) in the Windy City Monday evening. The news comes on the same day that NBC picked up “Blindspot” for next season and extended the current run of “The Mysteries of Laura.”
Both “Chicago” shows have performed solidly for NBC in the early part of the season. “Fire” is the network’s No. 2-rated scripted show (behind “Blindspot”), averaging a 1.78 same-day rating in adults 18-49 through its first four episodes.
“PD,” meanwhile, averages a 1.5 in the same-day ratings, good for fourth among NBC’s scripted series. (Another Dick Wolf-produced show, “Law & Order: SVU,” is third.) Both shows grow by a point or more in Live +7 ratings.
With the three renewals Monday, plus an ongoing contract for “Sunday Night Football” and the all-but-certain pickup of “The Voice” for next season, NBC has locked in almost half of its prime-time schedule for fall 2016.