5:23pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Chicago Fire' Gets Full-Season Order at NBC
Chicago Fire continues to burn bright for NBC.
The network has give a full-season order to the freshman drama, The Hollywood Reporterhas learned.
The Wednesday night drama about the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department stars Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer, became the first new drama of the season to beat its premiere rating (a modest 1.9 among adults 18-49) with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 during its fourth episode. The Nov. 7 episode marked a 44 percent jump from its last original which earned just a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. It was also the first time it outpaced its direct freshman competitor in ABC's critically hailed Nashville.
This most recent showing benefited greatly from a boosted lead-in from The Voice, as it normally airs after Law & Order: SVU.
“We all love this thrilling new drama with its sexy breakout cast. We are excited to see it gaining traction on our schedule,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “Executive producer Dick Wolf and all the producers have done an amazing job developing a high-stakes series with lots of great heroic characters whose exploits are depicted in Dick’s typically epic storytelling style. We are incredibly invested in this one and can’t wait to hear about their plans for the back-nine.”
Fire joins fellow first-year entries The New Normal, Revolution and Go On as having received full-season orders at the network. Fellow rookie Guys With Kids has received a five-script order as it awaits news of its future.
Freshman comedy Animal Practice, meanwhile, will not move forward and recently wrapped its 13-episode run.