The shared TV world built by producer Dick Wolf will continue in full next season on NBC.

The network has renewed “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med” for next season. None of the pickups is much of a surprise, as the four shows were NBC’s top-rated dramas after “This Is Us” in 2017-18.

“SVU” will also hit a milestone in 2018-19: It will air its 20th season, matching its predecessor “Law & Order” and “Gunsmoke” as the longest-running primetime dramas ever in terms of seasons. It will also pass 450 episodes.

“Chicago Fire” will be back for a seventh season, “PD” for a sixth and “Med” for a fourth.

“SVU” and “Chicago Med” are each averaging a 1.3 same-day rating among adults 18-49 this season, while “PD” is at 1.2 and “Fire” at 1.1. After a week of delayed viewing “PD” jumps to 2.3, “SVU” and “Med” 2.2 and “Fire” 2.1. The three Chicago shows draw better than 10 million total viewers each in Live +7 ratings, while “SVU” is at 8.88 million.

NBC has now renewed 10 scripted shows for next season, with the four dramas joining “This Is Us,” first-year drama “Good Girls” and comedies “Will & Grace,” “The Good Place,” “Superstore” and “AP Bio.” It has also added six new series to its roster thus far.

“SVU” and the three Chicago series are executive produced by Wolf, who will also have a fifth series on air next year with CBS’ new drama “FBI.”

Posted by:Rick Porter

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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