Jennifer Lopez Drama ‘Shades of Blue’ Renewed by NBC

Freshman series picked up for a second season

NBC has renewed freshman drama “Shades of Blue” for a second season.

Starring Jennifer Lopez as a New York cop collaborating with internal affairs to inform on her unit, the series is the second new show this season to be renewed by NBC, following fellow drama “Blindspot.”

Through five episodes, “Shades of Blue” has averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall in Nielsen live numbers plus three days of playback.

“We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest working woman we know, for her incredible efforts as both the star and producer of this show, as well as well as our other amazing producers and cast for all their tireless work in creating one of the most compelling dramas on television today,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “We’re so excited to find out where this story will lead and have them raise the stakes even higher in what we know will be a fantastic second season.”

“Shades of Blue” has helped NBC bolster its Thursday nights, where it has struggled for several seasons. The series gave the network its first ratings wins since 2010 over ABC and CBS in the Thursday-night 10 p.m. time period with in-season regular programming.

In addition to Lopez, the series stars Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker and Sarah Jeffery.

The series is executive produced by Jack Orman, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas,  Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest and Nina Wass with creator Adi Hasak.