NBC has issued some renewal orders for its stalwart dramas. The James Spader-fronted The Blacklist, which had a pretty excellent first season but has suffered a bit of a creative sophomore slump this year, will return for a third season this fall. The show regularly averages great ratings for the network and was given the coveted post-Super Bowl spot, so its renewal wasn’t a huge surprise. It debuts in its new Thursday timeslot tonight as the second half of its second season continues.
Additionally, the lower-rated Grimm has been given a renewal, ensuring that the fantasy drama series will return for Season 5. While the show isn’t among NBC’s top rated offerings, it’s done remarkably well in its Friday night timeslot. Thus far, NBC’s efforts to pair Grimm with other genre-centric dramas like Hannibal and Constantine have failed, proving that Grimm does indeed have a devoted following that will continue to tune in.
And on the procedural side of things, Chicago Fire has been renewed for a fourth season and the spinoff Chicago P.D. is coming back for a third. The two have fairly similar ratings performances, with the former just holding a slight edge over the latter. We also have the long-running Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which will be returning for a 17th season this fall. The series now holds the honor of being the longest-running drama on television, and continues to pull solid ratings with a 2.5 average.
And no, still no word on the fate of Constantine. But I wouldn’t exactly be holding my breath.