Renewed or Canceled? Breaking Down the Chicago Shows

Renewed or Canceled? Breaking Down the Chicago Shows

2016 saw the addition of three new scripted series to the already long list of network TV shows being filmed throughout Chicago. There truly has never been a more exciting time for television production in Chicago. As most shows wrap up their respective seasons, one question remains: Which shows will be brought back for another year? As we enter April, here is the renewal status of each scripted network series that films in Chicago.



This series is truly the flagship of Dick Wolf’s Chicago-centric universe. It is consistently the highest rated series of the long running franchise. With an average 7.305 million viewers and a 1.61 rating amongst 18-49 year olds, FIRE is NBC’s second highest rated scripted series. Although the network hasn’t officially announced anything regarding its renewal, it is extremely likely that FIRE will be renewed for a sixth season.


Premiering nearly two years after FIRE, this series has a lot in common with its predecessor. Most importantly, it is also very likely that P.D. will be renewed. The police procedural averages 6.672 million viewers with a 1.42 rating and is NBC’s fourth highest rated drama. Expect P.D. to continue to win its Wednesday night timeslot for a fifth season.


MED will soon be wrapping up its second season and although it is one of the lower rated “Chicago” shows, NBC will still most likely grant its only medical drama a third season. Other shows on the network with lower ratings have already been renewed by NBC and that bodes well for MED.


As the freshman of the bunch, JUSTICE is the most at risk of all NBC’s “Chicago” shows. However, after only one month on the air, the legal drama has made quite an impression. With an average 6.672 million viewers and a 1.26 rating, it’s entirely possible that it will eclipse MED as the third highest rated Chicago series. It may be early, but it’s looking like JUSTICE will score a second season. The only question that remains is if Dick Wolf will somehow whip up a fifth “Chicago” show.



Production recently wrapped on season three of Fox’s breakout hit and it has already been renewed for a fourth season. It’s the highest rated show on the network by a long shot with 8.594 million average viewers and a 3.15 rating so it’s no surprise that it’s sticking around.


The first of Fox’s new dramas that is very much on the bubble. With a very mild 3.779 million in average viewers and a 0.86 rating, things aren’t looking good for Fox’s futuristic crime fighting police force.


The television adaptation of the 1973 horror film of the same name struggled to find its audience throughout all of its first season. Despite plenty of critical acclaim, it averaged a low 1.914 million viewers and had a .68 rating. Unless Fox for some reason takes pity on its critical darling, it will likely be cancelled.

Cameron Ciesil is a Chicago-based writer/filmmaker. You can listen to his ramblings on his podcast by clicking here and you can also read his 140-character ramblings on Twitter at @CamTheCiesil.