NBC has handed early renewals to drama series Chicago Fire, Grimm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Parenthood and Revolution.
All five pickups had been considered no brainers and all five series have received 22 episode orders for next season. Revolution ranks as the season’s top-rated drama on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and top-rated new series among those networks in adults 18-49, scoring a 4.6 rating, 12 share and 11.8 million viewers overall in averages for the season to date. Chicago Fire ranks as one of the few 10pm shows that have consistenlty atrracted more than 6.6 million viewers, while Grimm, Law & Order: SVU and Parenthood have also posted ratings gains this season.
“On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new season line-up,” said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. “We’re proud and very appreciative of all of the actors, producers, writers and directors who work so hard to deliver such high-quality work week in and week out. These complex shows represent a broad range of genres and tones, and all of them stand out for us in a television landscape now filled with one-hour series. We’re especially pleased to be renewing “Revolution” and “Chicago Fire” — two first-season successes — and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks.”