'Chuck,' 'Chase' get full seasons at NBC

chuck-chase-pickups-320.jpg"Chuck" vs. the waiting game for a full season has worked out favorably for our hero.

NBC announced Tuesday (Oct. 19) that it's picking up a full fourth season of the series after only ordering 13 episodes initially. The pickup is for 11 additional episodes, bringing its total to 24 for the season.

"Back 11! 24 Chucks coming at ya this year," co-creator Josh Schwartz tweets. "Thanks to the greatest fans in the world!"

NBC has also given a full season to "Chase," its freshman drama about U.S. marshals. Today's news coupled with the pickup of "The Event" will presumably give the network a stable Monday-night lineup for the rest of the season.

"'Chase' has introduced an appealing new star to television audiences in Kelli Giddish, and we think it has potential to grow," NBC Entertainment president Angela Bromstad says. "We also are glad that 'Chuck' will be with us for a full season delivering its loyal, passionate audience."

Through Monday's telecast, "Chuck" has averaged a little under 6 million viewers per week and a 2.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic (those figures include DVR viewing for the first two weeks of the season and same-day viewing since then). While those numbers are hardly world-beaters -- the show finishes fourth in its timeslot -- they are consistent.

"Chase," meanwhile, draws 6.5 million people and a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. The network could be hoping it will pull in some male viewers when the NFL season and "Monday Night Football" end.

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