The Chicago franchise has been a winner for NBC for years, and the Peacock Network has some very good news for fans who love seeing the action unfold on the Fire, P.D., and Med fronts. Yes, the Windy City will continue to face crises of the fire, crime, and medical variety for at least one more TV season. NBC renewed Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med for the 2019-2020 TV season.
The renewals will bring Chicago Fire to Season 8, Chicago P.D. to Season 7, and Chicago Med to Season 5. The disinterest in Chicago Justice back in 2017 clearly didn't reflect viewer interest in the first three shows of the franchise. All things considered, the renewals do not come as huge surprises. NBC airs the three shows in one big Chicago block of primetime on Wednesday nights, and that has worked out very well.
Indeed, the all-Chicago lineup has won 15 of 15 weeks in total viewers, when in originals. In case that's not enough, each of the three series is delivering its most-watched season ever. Few shows can boast of hitting new highs after so many years on the air. It's probably safe to say that moving all three shows into one night has worked out, and not just because it makes the crossover events feel all the more epic and cinematic. Take note, Arrow-verse!
NBC has big reasons to be excited about the numbers being turned in by the Chicago shows, as they have boosted NBC to the top on Wednesday nights this far in a TV season for the first time in nearly two decades. The 2018-2019 season marks the first season in 16 years that NBC has been on top, and that is facing some prime time slot competition.
The various Chicago shows are up against Empire and The Masked Singer on Fox, Survivor on CBS, and Modern Family on ABC, to name the biggest rivals. It's difficult to guess how much of the dominance is due to the three shows airing as one big block, but I'm guessing that the full night of Chicago action definitely helps. The mini crossovers between characters feel more organic and connect the three shows into feeling like they really do take place in one world.
Will the dominance continue? Empire has not yet returned for the second half of its fifth season, and the Jussie Smollett scandal has created quite a lot of buzz for the show. Could Empire come close to a Chicago show in the not-too-distant future? Only time will tell.
Tune in to NBC on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. ET for the Chicago lineup to kick off, beginning with Med before progressing to Fire at 9 p.m. ET and P.D. at 10 p.m. ET. If you need some viewing options set elsewhere than the Windy City, check out our midseason TV premiere guide! You could always check out Law & Order: SVU, which is set in the same universe as the Chicago shows without taking place in that city.