How many episodes are in Chicago Med Season 9?

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Chicago Med Season 9 is officially happening. Just how many episodes will we get in the new season?

NBC brought us some great news. Chicago Med Season 9 is officially happening. This wasn’t too surprising considering the live ratings, but it’s great to see the renewal finally happen. It came with the renewals of all six Dick Wolf shows currently airing on the network.

Now all eyes are on when the new season will premiere. We’re expecting fall 2023, but the episode count could help us determine that. We also want to know the episode count to know how long we have with each of the doctors and nurses at the hospital.

Chicago Med Season 9 episode count

According to Deadline, the episode count is going to be a little shorter than we’re used to. Instead of getting the full 22 episodes, we’ll get between 18 and 20 episodes. This is the case for all Dick Wolf shows with the exception of Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4, which will only get 13 episodes.

The news hit shortly after the renewal news, which originally stated that we’d get a full season. Technically, 13+ episodes is not classed as a full season, but it’s not a full season when we consider what we’re used to will fall broadcast network dramas.

There is more bad news about the season. We won’t see all of the characters all of the time. There will be some episodes where the characters aren’t seen. They may be mentioned, but they are somewhere else in the hospital or they are at home,

This is all part of a cost-saving measure by NBC. All networks are trying to find a way to save money as the linear ratings take a dive. The best ways are to reduce episode counts and ask actors to take pay cuts. By cutting actors out of some episodes, the per-episode pay is the same but the overall compensation is lower.

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Chicago Med* airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC in the U.S. and on CityTV in Canada.