'Heroes' Gets Early Pickup
"These four series represent some of the best of what we consider to be the 'NBC brand' of quality shows," Reilly says. "It's a pleasure to give them an early renewal to develop more stories for next year, since we know they will remain both critical and commercial successes for a long time to come."
None of the four pickups is much of a surprise. "Heroes," after all, is the top new show of the season in both viewers and the coveted adults 18-49 demographic, drawing better than 15 million viewers per week. "SVU" is NBC's No. 2 drama at 12.9 million viewers per week, and "Earl" and "The Office" are both drawing solid numbers on Thursdays, particularly among younger viewers.
NBC hasn't made decisions yet on any of its other shows yet, but Reilly says that in the case of well-received but underperforming shows like "Friday Night Lights,"
"Heroes," which returns from hiatus next week, has also added one more episode to its order for this season, bringing the total to 23.