NBC has picked up five of its most valuable performers for the 2013-14 season.
The network on Friday handed out early renewals for Revolution, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire and Parenthood.
From J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, Revolution ranks as NBC's top scripted drama across all of primetime -- averaging more than 6 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
Revolution, which has had the benefit of The Voice as a lead-in this season on Monday nights, returned from its four-month midseason hiatus down two-tenths of a point from its winter premiere with a 2.7 among the under 50 demo.
Critical darling Parenthood will return for a fifth season. The perennial bubble show proved its worth this past season on Tuesday nights, where the network struggled to find a replacement after the Jason Katims ensemble wrapped its abbreviated 18-episode run. Ending early to allow room for the second and expanded season of Smash, the Broadway drama tanked in its return and banished to Saturdays. Reality dating series Ready for Love followed in the slot and was canceled after two episodes. Like SVU, Parenthood -- which comes with a pricey and sizable cast -- will be back for a full season of 22 episodes.
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