"Chicago Fire" will be back for a second season this fall on NBC, which announced the renewal of five drama series on Friday.
Also returning for the 2013-14 season are post-apocalyptic "Revolution," tear-jerker "Parenthood," the cult-favorite crime series "Grimm" and long-running "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." They've each been given 22-episode orders.
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke gave a special shout out to "Chicago Fire" in an emailed statement: "We're especially pleased to be renewing "Revolution" and "Chicago Fire" -- two first-season successes -- and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks."
"Chicago Fire," from executive producer Dick Wolf (of the "Law & Order" franchise) and creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, goes inside a Windy City firehouse and the lives of those who work there. Executive producers also include Matt Olmstead, Joe Chappelle, Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski. The series is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.
Given how well "Chicago Fire" has performed for the struggling network, it's little surprise the show is being given a sophomore season. The program has topped its premiere audience of 6.6 million people a total of eight times this season. The only other new drama on the broadcast networks to have done that once this season is NBC's "Hannibal." "Chicago Fire" originals have improved the time period versus year-ago results by 24 percent among viewers who watch the show live or within hours of its airing.