NBC's "Life" & "Chuck" Renewed for Full Season
NBC has given two of its freshman shows, Josh Schwartz's ('The O.C.') nerd-turns-spy series "Chuck" and Wednesday night cop drama "Life" back-9 orders. The fate of the Peacock's other two rookie series "The Bionic Woman" and "Journeyman" is yet to be determined.
Season-to-date "Chuck" has averaged 8.42 million viewers, while "Life" has scored 8.04 million viewers.
"Chuck" does reasonably well kicking off NBC's Monday night schedule, while "Life" has lately been building on its flat-lining lead-in "The Bionic Woman."
"Life" however regularly finishes last in the timeslot, well behind ABC's freshman series "Dirty Sexy Money."
For this reason, the network is giving "Life" a special boost next week, by airing the first part of a special double episode on Monday night, after the "Heroes" fall finale, pre-empting "Journeyman."
NBC is hoping the additional exposure will then help the second part of the episode which airs in the show's regular timeslot on Wednesday narrow the gap with "Dirty Sexy Money."
Incidentally, ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money" and NBC's "Chuck" and "Life" are the only freshman series to receive full season pick-ups since the writers' strike began in early November.