NBC Orders 1 Additional Episode For ‘Law & Order: SVU’, ‘Blindspot, ‘Chicago Fire’ & ‘Chicago P.D.’

SVU - BensonNBC is beefing up on four of their hit drama series.

The network has ordered one additional episode apiece for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, freshman thriller BlindspotChicago Fire and Chicago P.D., TVWise has learned. Each of those four series will now produce 23 episodes this season.

Dick Wolf’s trio of shows (Law & Order: SVUChicago Fire and Chicago P.D.) have long been strong ratings performers for NBC and as such tend to produce more episodes than the 22 most shows do. They also exist in the same creative universe, with big crossover episodes across all three taking place during key sweeps months helping to boost ratings.

BlindspotThe additional order for Blindspot is a rare move for a freshman show, especially after it already scored a back-nine/full season order. Still the reasoning is clear, as the thriller series starring Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton has been pulling in strong ratings behind The Voice. The feeling at the network is that this is the new Blacklist; a show that can pull in the numbers even without The Voice as a lead in.

NBC has been busy of late tinkering with episode orders. Notably Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBlindspotChicago Fire and Chicago P.D. are the first series to get additional orders outside the usual 22 pick ups; while the network has trimmed down the orders for freshman drama The Player and comedies Telenovela, Superstore and Truth Be Told.

  • Michael Goldman

    Thank goodness NBC hasn’t given MOL more episodes. Can we stop the stupidity and announce its CANCELLATION NOW?

  • Michael Goldman

    Normally, giving an extra episode to a show is big news. However, as SVU fans have found out recently, it doesn’t mean an extra paycheck for everyone. Last season everybody in Law & Order SVU(with the exception of Mariska Hargitay) missed at least 6 episodes, and some of the cast missed more. Since I can’t get anyone to confirm that the people in the show were still paid for episodes that they didn’t appear in, I’m going to say that if they weren’t in an episode, they weren’t paid. That’s how NBC saved even more money on SVU last season, and one of the reasons Danny Pino decoded to leave the show( besides the one about them not offering him a decent raise after a 4 year extremely cheap contract). SVU hasn’t raised the payroll in 5-6 seasons, and they will have to pay Mariska more next season in order to get her to stay. Will Kelli Giddish or ICE-T be let go after the season? You can’t say that NBC doesn’t know how to make money(they do) but the way they treat people is absolute garbage. One can only hope that what goes around comes around.