FBI renewed for season 2

Missy Peregrym (left) and Zeeko Zaki star in FBI. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Universal Television.
Missy Peregrym (left) and Zeeko Zaki star in FBI. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Universal Television. /

FBI season 2 is officially happening at CBS, which has renewed FBI for a second season after FBI season 1 proved to be one of their biggest hits.

The first Dick Wolf series to be on another network in over a decade will continue for another season, as CBS has officially ordered FBI season 2 for next fall.

CBS announced the renewal via press release, which confirmed that the series is CBS’s top new show this season, and averages roughly 13 million viewers each week between live and delayed viewings.

Missy Peregrym (Van Helsing, Rookie Blue) and Zeeko Zaki star in the procedural, which focuses on agents at the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) and Ebonee Noel are also series regulars, with Sela Ward (House and CSI: NY) rounding out the main cast as the team’s boss, Dana Mosier.

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Having FBI renewed really isn’t a surprise, because the show has posted solid numbers through the first half of its freshman season—even as the show has gone through growing pains behind the scenes.

The live audience routinely is around 8-9 million viewers, which is on par with if not higher than what the One Chicago franchise does each week on NBC. Those three shows clock about 7-8 million eyeballs watching live, with Chicago Med recently reaching a high by going over 9 million.

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It’s also several million viewers higher than what Wolf’s other program, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is recording in its 20th season. Right now, SVU is bringing in around 5 million viewers.

All of this has happened through some creative development. Ward replaced SVU alum Connie Nielsen in the supervisor’s role after the FBI pilot, while the series has changed showrunners more than once and is now jointly overseen by Chicago PD‘s Rick Eid and Chicago Fire‘s Derek Haas.

The changes have clearly worked, as CBS viewers are tuning into FBI every Tuesday and now the show will have a second season.

After taking a leap by bringing the series to a new network, Dick Wolf has successfully expanded his brand into CBS—and he’s not stopping there. He has another series in development at ABC in addition to another Law & Order coming to NBC.

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