NBC Orders Five Additional 'Chicago Fire' Scripts

"Chicago Fire"

Back-to-back episodes of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" (1.7 and 1.8) bested NBC's high-profile Dick Wolf drama "Chicago Fire" (1.5) in a direct showdown Oct. 17 (not to mention topping every NBC comedy except "The Office," "Go On" and "The New Normal").

NBC is hot for Chicago Fire.

The network has ordered five additional scripts for the drama from executive producer Dick Wolf, The Hollywood Reporterhas learned.

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The Wednesday night drama about the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department stars Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer, most recently posted a 20 percent uptick in the key adults 18-49 demographic after getting off to a slow start. Against fellow freshman (and critical darling) Nashville, Chicago Fire narrowed the demo gap and posted a 1.8 rating on Wednesday.

Helping its case, Lady Gaga has been an avid supporter of her boyfriend Kinney's series, regularly tweeting about the series to her 30.6 million followers.

The order comes just days after NBC also picked up additional scripts for freshman comedy Guys With Kids.

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So far this season, NBC has either granted full-season or additional script orders for all of its freshman series sans comedy Animal Practice, which failed to earn a back-nine and end its run next month. Rookies Revolution, Go On andThe New Normal have all earned full seasons.

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