'Grimm' to End With Sixth and Final Season on NBC

Grimm - H 2015
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Grimm - H 2015

It's the end of the road for NBC's Grimm.

The network announced Monday that the forthcoming sixth season of the genre drama will be its last.

Set to premiere Friday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the final season will feature its shortest order to date and consist of 13 episodes (each of its previous five seasons had consisted of a full 22). NBC buried the announcement in a release touting the midseason premiere dates for Grimm, Emerald City (Jan. 6 at 9 p.m.) and The New Celebrity Apprentice (Monday, Jan. 2, at 8 p.m.) The network touted that the final 13 episodes will see the long-awaited battle between Nick and Capt. Renard.

Produced in-house by Universal Television and Sean Hayes' studio-based Hazy Mills banner, season five of the fairytale entry averaged a 1.7 rating among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo and 6.4 million viewers when factoring in seven days of DVR. The drama is one of the most time-shifted on broadcast, improving by an average of 90 percent in the demo and adding more than 2.4 million viewers overall.

Creators David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter executive produce alongside Hayes, Todd Milliner and Norberto Barba. For Hayes and Milliner's Hazy Mills, Grimm is one of multiple series the banner has on the air. In addition to unscripted entry Hollywood Game Night, it also executive produced last year's short-lived midseason comedy Crowded for NBC. 

The decision to wrap up Grimm comes as the series had been a Friday night staple for the network, which in the past five seasons has tried multiple times to find a similarly themed companion for the drama starring David Giuntoli, Sasha Roiz, Claire Coffee, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner, Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby and Reggie Lee. Previous Friday companions have included short-lived dramas including Constantine, Dracula and Crossbones.
Grimm entered the 2016-17 broadcast season as NBC's second-longest running series, behind Law & Order: SVU, which is entering its 18th season.