While this felt fairly inevitable, it is nice to know it is now official: NBC wants more “Chicago Med” in their lives.
Today, NBC officially ordered another five episodes of the Colin Donnell – Oliver Platt series, bringing the total to eighteen. This may be what more or less accounts to a full-season order for this show when you consider some of the variables. For one, it premiered in November thanks to “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.” Also, 18 episodes means that there will be one airing alongside “Chicago Fire” for the rest of the season. There may not be a need for any more than that in season 1, especially since the show had a rough start thanks to all of the changes behind the scenes in the early going.
The one thing that “Chicago Med” can boast at the moment is ratings that blew us away. The show does have a great lead-in courtesy of “The Voice,” but even with that drawing around a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic is impressive in this modern day and age. This show could supplant “Blindspot” as the #1 show on NBC by the time everything is said and done, and we certainly would not be surprised since Dick Wolf shows do have a tendency to have tremendous staying power one week after the next.
“Chicago Med” is currently on hiatus, but it will pick up in early January (think the 5th) with an epic crossover event that is going to span all three shows. We’re going to see things likely carry over from the midseason finale of “Chicago Fire,” where Herrmann was stabbed and placed into an impossible situation.