We’ve been saying this for the past few months or so that even when it is not the highest-rated iteration of the One Chicago franchise, Chicago PD has the brightest future. Why is that? Well, a lot of it falls back on syndication money. This is the most procedural of the shows in the franchise and because of that, Dick Wolf and the producers / NBCUniversal can sell it a little bit easier to other people looking to license it on cable and other broadcast partners.
According to a new report via Deadline, Chicago PD now has another partner to add to the list in Ion Media, as a new deal is enabling old episodes of Chicago PD to make their way over to Ion Television starting in early 2019, when the first five seasons will be broadcast. The network could also have an opportunity to air some future iterations of the series as well. Chicago PD already had a nice syndication deal for cable, and this is just yet another revenue stream to keep it going.
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As for whether or not we foresee Chicago PD being the sort of show that could make it to a season 10, all of the syndication possibilities make it a good contender. As the series goes along members of the cast will likely command more money, but this makes it a little bit more financially viable. This does raise more questions about the other versions of the franchise. Despite being the series that started it all, Chicago Fire has not found anywhere near the same success in syndication — part of that may just be that firefighter dramas are a little more untested in syndication, whereas the other part of it is probably just that it does tend to have more stories that carry over from one episode to the next.
Meanwhile, Chicago Med simply has not aired enough episodes just yet to be eligible for syndication, and it is going to need some pretty hefty episode orders the next two seasons in order to get there. We do think that it is procedural enough to be worthy of consideration.
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