“Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” win season renewals

The Chicago film industry got a nice surprise Wednesday when NBC Universal announced early renewals of Dick Wolf Films’ Chicago Fire” and Chicago PD for another season. Network show renewals are usually made in May.

Next year will be the third season for “Chicago Fire” and the second season for spinoff “Chicago P.D.”

Last year the two shows together spent $111 million filming in the city, according to the Illinois Film Office, with a 2.5% trickle down effect of approximately $277.5 million in the local economy.

Last year, Chicago Fire’s two seasons racked up 196 shooting days.  The first season of “Chicago P.D.,” starting in September, had 74 shoot days through year’s end.

“Chicago Fire” ranks No. 1 in its Tuesday 10 p.m. slot in adults 18-49, averaging a 3.1 rating/8 share and 10.6 million viewers overall in “most current” averages from Nielsen. It’s up 35% in the demo and 33% in total viewers vs. its averages on Wednesday during its rookie season.

“Chicago PD” is averaging a 2.5/7 in 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers overall since its January premiere, retaining 94% of its lead-in from “Law & Order: SVU.”

Both shows are filmed at Cinespace Studios.  Chicago native Joe Chappelle is one of the executive producers and a director on “Chicago Fire.” Claire Simon Casting books talents for both shows.

“The expansion of Cinespace Studios and the influential endorsement of two Dick Wolf series headquartering here has sent the entire industry a powerful message: Chicago is full service, highly functioning, and open for business,” said the Chicago Film Office’s Rich Moskal earlier in Reel Chicago.