Great news for Chicago P.D. fans and for the many industry professionals working tirelessly on the show. Filming on Season 9 of the NBC drama Chicago P.D. resumed today, following a brief pause due to a number of positive COVID tests. Sources tell SCREEN shooting is going smoothly and will continue as scheduled going forward.
Production was paused last Tuesday, January 11th, after a number of positive COVID tests, including cases in Zone A, which includes the cast and those who directly interact with them. News of the pause was first reported by Nellie Andreeva of Deadline and was confirmed by SCREEN sources.
According to Deadline’s Andreeva, “I hear there have been a couple of dozen cumulative positive tests on the show since — with cast members among those impacted — which were detected through NBCU’s extensive testing protocols. I hear production continued for a few days with replacement crew members and adjusted filming schedule (as positive cast and crew isolated per COVID guidelines) until shooting was suspended today for a few days.”
Chicago Fire and Chicago Med Also Going Strong
For more on the positive news front, the set of Chicago Fire resumed filming last Thursday, January 13th, and sources tell SCREEN shooting is going smoothly and on schedule, as of this morning. SCREEN reported earlier this month that production on Chicago Fire had been paused due to COVID-19, beginning on Wednesday, January 5th.
The third member of the highly popular Dick Wolf triumvirate, Chicago Med, has not experienced any pauses in production to date. The three shows, which all film in Chicago, employ separate crews.
New Episodes Continue Ratings Reign
With this brief bump in the road hopefully in the rearview, there has been plenty of good news for the One Chicago franchise this month. The three Wednesday night dramas returned from their winter break with brand new episodes this month and retained their ratings crown to kick off the new year.
Deadline reported Chicago Fire was the highest-rated and most-watched program of Wednesday primetime with 6.98 million viewers. Also up from the latest episode, Chicago Fire bested The Conners, Next Level Chef and Batwoman. Chicago Med won the 8 p.m. hour earning a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.75 million viewers. Finally, Chicago P.D. dominated the 10 p.m. Central hour with 5.91 million viewers.
And One Chicago fans seem to be thrilled with the new episodes, as SCREEN’s latest Twitter poll revealed 82.8% of voters giving the trio of Wednesday night dramas an “A” or “B” grade. Click here for our upcoming One Chicago polls and more at SCREEN Twitter.
Coming Up on Chicago P.D.
Here’s a quick look at the next new episode of Chicago P.D., set to premiere later this month…
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