The beast and the bravest will continue saving lives.
The CW and NBC have announced that freshmen dramas Beauty and the Beast and Chicago Fire have been given full season orders, bringing their episode order to 22. Neither series has been a major ratings success, but both have managed to hold on to their viewers week after week without any major hemorrhaging like so many new shows do in the first few weeks.
As the fall season comes to a close, I think it's safe to say that this has been one of the most successful fall seasons we've seen in many years -- not because the ratings have been spectacular, but due to the lack of cancellations. To date, only one new fall drama has been canceled (Made In Jersey) where usually at this point, several new dramas have been yanked from the schedule.
Of course, that's not to say that a couple of the struggling new dramas won't get their pink slips in the coming weeks, but it sure seems as though the networks are giving these shows more of a chance to build an audience before pulling the plug. Maybe this is a sign of good things to come...