Chicago Fire Season 12: Why has the beloved drama not been renewed yet?

Chicago Fire Season 12: Why has the beloved drama not been renewed yet?
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 Will the first installment of Wolf Entertainment’s Chicago franchise continue to expand? Here’s what we know so far about
Chicago Fire Season 12. 

The 2023-24 television broadcast season has been filled with renewals for many series on NBC, which includes some of the beloved shows like La Brea, Quantum Leap, and the comedy Night Court, among others, which got greenlit early even though some of their current seasons still have many episodes left to premiere and which will eventually conclude the season’s storyline in the coming weeks. 

Despite this wonderful news, many shows have yet to be added to the renewal list because, for the first time in years, it seems like NBC’s decision to renew its four top-rated dramas is currently on hold. Surprisingly, one of them is Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise, whose three-season contracts are set to expire in the coming months but have yet to be renewed for additional seasons.

Chicago Fire Season 12: Why has the beloved drama not been renewed yet?

Because of this unfortunate update, the fandom has been anxious to learn more updates about the future of this beloved series. As the worry spread on social media, Deadline came to the rescue by shedding some light on the topic, where they confirmed that negotiations are already underway and the goal is to secure multi-season renewals for all four shows.

It’s a big relief as there is no doubt that Chicago Fire will eventually be renewed for another season. As, the 11th season has been able to average a 0.65 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.87 million viewers, which is fairly good when considered to other shows on the network. We would like to emphasize that the renewal delay may have occurred because there is still time for the 11th season to air the season finale. 

Chicago Fire Season 12: Why has the beloved drama not been renewed yet?

Additionally, when compared to season 10, that’s down by 18% in the demo and down by 3% in viewership in the live plus same-day ratings. Though these figures aren’t that bad, they are a very good indication of how a show is performing, leading to its renewal delay on the same channel in order to evaluate the production costs, budgets, etc.

Other economic variables may also play a role in a show’s demise, but in general, higher-rated series get renewed while lower-rated ones get canceled. So, there is hope, and it seems highly unlikely that the show will be suddenly scrapped from the 2023–24 broadcasting season. Hence, as of the time of writing, the renewal status of the show is yet to be disclosed.

We, therefore, urge the readers to wait patiently for the news of the renewal, which may occur sometime in the summer of 2023 or at a later date as the current season approaches its conclusion.

Chicago Fire Season 12: Why has the beloved drama not been renewed yet?

Fans can only hope that the network will not end the series abruptly, as it is one of the best long-running series that serves as a moneymaker for the company, which has been able to capture the audience and spread its magic with each new season. While you wait for a confirmation, we recommend that you check out the episode guide for the 11th season, which will premiere a new episode in a few days on NBC.

Season 11 Episode 17: The First Symptom – March 29, 2023: Mouch builds a classic firetruck model for the Deputy District Chief but needs assistance from Gallo and Ritter; Brett and Violet encounter multiple victims with a strange set of symptoms; Cindy’s chemotherapy results loom over the Herrmann family.

Season 11 Episode 18: Danger Is All Around – April 5, 2023: A familiar face returns to Firehouse 51 to serve with Kidd on a special task force; with Tony close to breaking the CFD’s perfect attendance record, Mouch and Capp work to keep him safe; old grudges resurface when Gallo reunites with a family member.

When available, the entire One Chicago franchise will be available to stream on Peacock, FuboTV, and Hulu Plus. You can also stream the series by renting or purchasing on Amazon Instant Video or Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users.

Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on the NBC official website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel in their respective time slots. The previous seasons of the One Chicago franchise are also available to stream for free on IMDb TV,  based on the user’s location.

Take a look at the official teaser for Chicago Fire Season 11 Episode 17, which will be broadcast next week:

Chicago Fire 11x17 Promo "The First Symptom" (HD)

Catch up on the prior episodes while you wait for more updates on Chicago Fire Season 12.