Grimm, Chicago Fire And Chicago PD Renewed At NBC

By Kelly West 2014-03-20 08:31:15 discussion comments
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Grimm lives! People say Friday is a deathslot for TV, however genre programming seems to be an exception there, as is the case for NBC's Grimm. The underrated supernatural crime procedural has held its own on Friday nights for three seasons, and it's confirmed to get a fourth. NBC announced that they're renewing Grimm, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire. The network also confirmed that Parks and Recreation's next season is a go.

David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf's Grimm gets better with each season, as the Grimm Bros fairy tale-inspired backdrop creates some truly dark and thrilling challenges for David Giuntoli's character Nick Burkhardt to manage, with the help of his friends and Portland PD colleagues. It's a show that has figured out how to evolve its story and characters at a steady pace from one season to the next. NBC had positive things to say about how the series is currently performing on Friday nights.
“Grimm” is the #1 Friday series on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox so far this season in adults 18-49, averaging a 2.5 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 in “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research. This is a 4% gain versus the show’s rating at this point in the season last year, while “Grimm’s” average of 8.1 million viewers overall is up versus one year ago by 17%.

8.1 million viewers seems like it's on the high end by comparison to other reports that put the viewership more in the 5-6 million viewer range, but NBC's "overall" mention may be factoring in DVR numbers, which could account for the higher average. Either way, no complaints there, as NBC's optimism ensures that the series will return for another season.

No word yet on Hannibal, which also airs on Friday nights. The suspenseful drama's numbers aren't as high as Grimm's but that doesn't mean NBC isn't hoping the show's following will grow in time.

NBC's had far more success with dramas lately than they have with comedies. While Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago P.D. hasn't garnered ratings nearly as high as its predecessor, it's doing ok enough that the Peacock has apparently decided to stay the course on the series. In their announcement about the renewal, NBC notes the opportunity for crossover between the two series, due to them having the same creators and producers. They tease an upcoming example of crossover involving a bomb explosion:
Following the success of “Chicago Fire” last year, Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf’s idea to build a second franchise in Chicago has become a reality with the renewal of mid-season success “Chicago P.D.” Both shows share the same creators and producers making it easy for characters and storylines to occasionally crossover seamlessly from one show to the other. This will be the case on the upcoming Tuesday, April 29 episode of “Chicago Fire” — a massive bomb explosion sends the city into chaos, which will conclude the following night, Wednesday, April 30, on “Chicago P.D.” where the police officers deal with the fallout from the tragedy and try to find who was responsible for the blast.

Finally, the network confirms that Parks and Recreation will go forward. Word of the series' renewal made the rounds earlier this year, but NBC included confirmation of its renewal, along with the planned returns of The Blacklist for Seaosn 2, The Voice for Season 7 and Celebrity Apprentice for Season 14. Hopefully Community will also find a place on the 2014-2015 line-up as well.
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