Due to an anticipated embarrassment of dramatic riches, NBC has dialed back Grimm‘s initial order for Season 6, which will now run at least 13 episodes versus the 22 the supernatural drama has served up every season thus far.
As first reported by our sister site Deadline, the move is in part to afford the Peacock network greater flexibility as it plans its fall schedule, seeing as already eight drama series (Grimm included) have been picked up for the 2016-17 TV season, while The Mysteries of Laura is currently a “sure thing” to return (per TVLine’s hand-crafted Renewal Scorecard).
And that’s not even counting any new series, with thus far Chicago Justice and the Blacklist spinoff definitely in the mix, while the pilots for Emerald City and the Taken prequel are garnering early buzz, Deadline reports.
A shorter, though always extendable, Season 6 run would allow Grimm to debut midseason amid a crowded fall slate. The supernatural drama this season is averaging 4 million weekly viewers and a 0.9 rating, numbers which swell to 6.4 mil/1.7 with DVR playback (versus Season 4’s 7.4 mil/2.1).