CBS announced Thursday it has given a full-season order to the crime drama “FBI.”
“FBI” has won its 9-10 p.m. Tuesday time slot each of the past two weeks, topping the critically acclaimed NBC drama “This Is Us.” “FBI” was the most-watched new program the week of Oct. 1-7, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen.
“FBI” initially received a 13-episode order. A full-season order is customarily 22 episodes.
“FBI” is produced by prolific producer Dick Wolf, best known for his “Law & Order” and “Chicago” franchises which air on NBC. It is his first series for CBS since “Feds,” a New York City-set drama about federal prosecutors and the FBI that ran for seven episodes in 1997.
“The opportunity to do this show has sort of fulfilled a dream for me,” Wolf said in August at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. “My uncle was an FBI agent in the ’50s and ’60s, and I grew up not only really sort of idolizing my uncle, but having a very, very warm feeling about all the agents I met back there.”
Wolf said his uncle was a special agent in charge for Long Island’s Norfolk and Suffolk counties, among the areas under the jurisdiction of the FBI’s New York field office where the series is set.
Wolf said “FBI” is not at NBC because “there was no more beachfront real estate at NBC.”
Then-NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt “agreed and basically we’ve come up with a formula where I think it will be a profitable venture for both studios, because it’s a co-production,” Wolf said.
“FBI” is a co-production of Universal Television, NBC’s production arm, and CBS Television Studios.
“FBI” is the second new series for the 2018-19 season to receive a full-season order. NBC announced Wednesday it has ordered an additional nine episodes of its medical drama “New Amsterdam,” giving it 22 for the season.