Fans of Grimm have not had it very good in the last season. Not in terms of what was actually happening on the show or anything, but by how non-wonderful the live ratings have been and the general feeling that NBC might drop the ax down on the fantasy drama before another season could hit the airwaves. But the network has defied all the naysayers by putting in an official order for Grimm Season 6, which will kick off later this year.
Oddly, the announcement for Season 6 also comes with a small synopsis about what fans can expect to see in the next batch of episodes, which isn’t generally the case when a renewal is ordered before a current season is finished airing. But we’ll take it. Half of it is generic, saying Nick will have to step up to protect Portland (and his kiddo) from the dreaded Black Claw, with the assistance of his allies, naturally. As well, Sasha Roiz’s Captain Sean Renard will apparently see his relationship with Nick change while attempting to ascend the ladder of authority, and he will have to deal with some serious situations to maintain his own status quo.
Perhaps it’s not that surprising that NBC would want to bring Grimm back for at least one more year. The ratings, while not outstanding, are pretty damned good for a primetime show airing on Friday nights, and they’re largely comparable to the numbers from when it aired on Monday nights. And it gets more eyes than other genre-heavy Friday shows like Sleepy Hollow and The Vampire Diaries.
Plus, even those who aren’t tuning in when it’s actually airing are perfectly fine with watching it later on, as NBC claims Grimm gains an average of 2.4 million viewers from Live+7 delayed viewing, as well as a 90% uptick in the key 18-49 demographic. There’s no denying that people indeed love the show, but it’s just sometimes on their own time.
Oddly enough, NBC also took a moment in its renewal announcement to point out/boast that rich people like to watch Grimm, and that the show does really well in the key demographic among those who make more than $100,000 a year. I’m not sure why that’s relevant, but maybe someone out there was wowed by it.
Check out the preview for the next episode, titled “The Believer,” below.
NBC is currently in motion trying to put together some new things for the next fall season, including a Blacklist spinoff and a small screen prequel to the Taken film franchise. But no reason to figure out how to fill the Friday night timeslot, since Grimm will be filling that for a lot longer.