NBC has now picked up all four series produced by Dick Wolf for next season. The network on Monday renewed “Law & Order: SVU” for an 18th season and “Chicago Med” for a second season in 2016-17.

NBC had previously renewed “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med” for next season. Wolf has also extended his relationship with NBC and its sister studio through 2020.

Neither of Monday’s renewals is much of a surprise. “Chicago Med” is NBC’s No. 2 series so far this season (behind “Blindspot”) in the same-day 18-49 ratings, averaging a 1.9. (Its Live +7 average is 2.8, through Jan. 17.) “SVU,” meanwhile, averages a 1.68 same-day rating and a 2.8 in Live +7.

“SVU” will push past the 400-episode mark next season. Its parent show, “Law & Order,” aired 456 episodes over its 20 seasons.

The renewals mean NBC has already locked in more than half of its schedule for fall 2016 (assuming everything returns in the fall, which seems likely). In addition to the Chicago trio and “SVU,” the network has also renewed “Blindspot” and “The Blacklist.” Throw in “Sunday Night Football” and “The Voice,” and that’s 13 of 22 hours already set.

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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