NEW YORK — Producer Dick Wolf’s factory of Chicago dramas is becoming increasingly important for NBC.
The Nielsen company said both “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Fire” scored their highest ratings in nearly two years last week with crossover episodes where they shared casts. “Chicago Med” actually had the biggest audience of the triumvirate with 9.1 million viewers, although the other two were close behind.
All three shows were among the 11 most-watched programs on prime-time television last week. After the finale of “America’s Got Talent Champions” last week, they were the most popular programs on NBC.
The network announced Tuesday that all three shows have been renewed for the 2019-20 season.
“We remain in awe of the job Dick Wolf, our producers, casts and crews do in creating some of the most compelling television today,” Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, NBC’s co-presidents of scripted programming, said in a statement. “The ‘Chicago’ franchise is a linchpin of our schedule and we’re thrilled that audiences have embraced our Wednesdays with such incredible passion for these shows and characters.”
NBC said it has won the night in ratings on every Wednesday this season when original episodes of the “Chicago” shows aired. All three shows are enjoying their most viewers ever.
The Oscars led ABC to a weekly win in the ratings.