NBC unveiled its full 2017-18 schedule Sunday, and the last two shows in limbo — first-year drama “Chicago Justice” and rookie comedy “Trial & Error” — aren’t on it. They are not, however, canceled, at least not at the moment.

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters Sunday there’s still a chance for both series to return next season, with a decision likely coming in the next few weeks.

With “Chicago Justice,” Greenblatt says NBC hasn’t made “a definitive decision” on renewal or cancellation, and it may come down to finding the right spot for it later in the season.

“We were so rich with our shows and moving things around, we decided we just didn’t have a place for it yet,” he says. “… We’re still putting pieces together for post-Olympics and summer.”

As for “Trial & Error,” NBC is negotiating with producer Warner Bros. TV about a possible second season. “The good news is we didn’t need it for the fall schedule,” Greenblatt says. “It’s a show we really like, and I hope we can have some good news about that in the near future also.”

“Chicago Justice” is averaging a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.13 million viewers on the night airs, making it the lowest-rated of the four Chicago shows this season. It improves t0 1.6 and 8.61 million viewers with seven days of DVR playback but is the only part of the Chicago franchise under 2.0 in Live +7 ratings.

“Trial & Error” averaged a 0.9 and 3.86 million viewers during its spring run, improving to 1.2 and 4.93 million with a week of delayed viewing.


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Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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