NBC has handed season renewals to five dramas: “The Blacklist” (Season 3), “Chicago Fire” (Season 4), “Chicago P.D.” (Season 3), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (Season 17) and “Grimm” (Season 5) for the 2015-16 season.
“The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible,” said NBC Entertainment president, Jennifer Salke, in a statement.
He continued, “We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”
NBC’s highest-rated drama, “The Blacklist,” is averaging 11.8 million viewers and a 3.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic in its current season.
“Chicago Fire,” NBC’s second highest-rated drama, is drawing an average 7.6 million viewers with a 1.9 in the ad demo. Its spinoff, “Chicago P.D.,” comes in slightly lower with 7.2 million viewers and a 1.6 rating. NBC is currently laying down the groundwork for a second spinoff titled “Chicago Med.”
“Law & Order: SVU,” the longest-running drama on TV, is averaging a 1.7 rating and 7.6 million viewers.
And “Grimm,” which as held a relatively steady audience since moving back to Friday nights for its third season, averages 5 million viewers with a 1.3 rating.
For the 2014-15 season to date, NBC ranks no. 1 among the Big 4 broadcast networks in the 18-49 demo and all other key demographics. NBC’s average 2.9 rating for the season in the ad demo is its highest over 19 weeks since the 2008-09 season’s 3.1 rating.