Has there been a better Monday in recent Chicago memory? Bears win, FIRE and PD win. NBC has renewed the two series in the Dick Wolf franchise, CHICAGO FIRE and CHICAGO P.D., for the 2016-17 season. FIRE will be entering its fifth season, while P.D. will begin its fourth.

And these two shows have earned the early renewal, putting up those all-important viewership numbers once again. FIRE is NBC’s No. 2-rated scripted show (behind freshman drama BLINDSPOT), averaging a 1.78 same-day rating in adults 18-49 through its first four episodes. P.D. is not far behind, notching a 1.5 in same-day ratings, good for fourth among NBC’s scripted series. It's worth mentioning that the third place show is P.D. and FIRE's running mate for those ever-popular crossovers... LAW & ORDER: SVU.

"I think I speak for the Chicago Film community as a whole when I say that we are thrilled to hear NBC is renewing CHICAGO FIRE and CHICAGO PD for another season," commented Colette Gabriel of Keslow Camera, which provides all of the camera gear for both shows. "Dick Wolf has brought a great franchise to this city which helps sustain our community and prove that this is a great place to shoot."

Brian Reed, president of BAM Studios, which handles ADR for the two shows, added, "It's amazing how these two shows have helped to prove that the television industry can flourish in the Midwest and thanks to their success, it will continue to do so."

And for good measure, NBC added an episode to each series for this season, up from 22 to 23 episodes. If you wanna celebrate by catching up on the two series, you can enjoy episodes of CHICAGO FIRE here and CHICAGO PD here.

Next up... CHICAGO MED premiere coming up Tuesday November 17th at 8 pm Central, mark your calendar!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at