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"Law & Order: SVU", "Chicago Fire", "Chicago P.D." & "Chicago Med" Receive 3-Season Renewals

Dick Wolf's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and his "Chicago" brand shows Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med have something very important in common with NBC's This Is Us and New Amsterdam. All six series have received three-season renewals – with Wolf Entertainment signing a new five-year deal to remain at Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios – Wolf's studio home for the past 36 years.

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As part of Wolf's new deal, NBC has given three-year pickups to Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med, as well as the network's long-running and record-breaking Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,currently in its 21st season. Wolf's new deal also applies to new series and projects, and comes on the heels of his recent deal with NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service Peacock – which will house Wolf's extensive library of content (including the "Law & Order" and "Chicago" franchises).

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"I'm gratified and excited that Universal will remain our home for five more years. This new term deal complements our recently concluded agreement to make Peacock one of the primary destinations for both the 'L&O' and 'Chicago' brands, as well as our extraordinary three-year NBC broadcast pickups on all four current series. We are now supercharged to expand our business on new platforms, both domestically and internationally, while continuing to produce our current and future series for broadcasting and streaming networks."

– Dick Wolf

Last season, the three "Chicago" dramas reached a total of 66 million viewers through the course of the season, dominated Wednesday nights in total viewers, and is poised to give NBC just its second Wednesday season-long win in total viewers in 17 years. All three series rank among television's top seven most-watched dramas and all three are generating double-digit digital growth this season compared to the previous season. In LIVE+7 Nielsen ratings, Chicago Med is delivering 11.0 million viewers, Chicago Fire is averaging 11.4 million and Chicago P.D. is attracting 11.0 million, with a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 for Chicago Med, a 1.9 for Chicago Fire and a 2.0 for Chicago P.D.

For the 2018-19 season, Law & Order: SVU was as television's #1 most-watched series, with more than 150 billion minutes viewed across NBC, USA, and Ion. For the 2019-20 season to date, SVU is #1 in its Thursday 10-11 p.m. timeslot versus regular ABC and CBS competition in adults 18-49 and total viewers. In LIVE+7 Nielsen ratings, SVU is averaging a 1.5 rating in 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall and with the addition of digital and linear delayed viewing to date, the show's season premiere episode has climbed to a 3.9 in 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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