CHASE Will Only Get 18 Episodes

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like there are some changes coming to NBC’s CHASE in 2011. First off, NBC has ordered a shorter season of the new drama, opting for a total of 18 episodes this year. That amount is still considered a "full" season by some in the industry but it does still fall a bit short of the standard 22 episode season seen on most prime time shows.

Chase has been struggling in the ratings since it arrived to its Monday night at 10pm spot. Not helping I’m sure is the fact that it has to compete both with ABC’s hit Castle and CBS’s new hit Hawaii Five-0.

It’s never easy for any show to get a foothold into its first season, but I think Chase has suffered slightly by turning on some unneeded drama within the team too fast, as well as the "Annie is Superwoman syndrome" – whereby all criminals are caught by Annie, usually involving a death-defying maneuver on a speeding vehicle of some sort while the rest of the team is made to look inadequate by comparison.

I guess it’s no surprise then to find out that the other change that might be coming in January is a switch to a new night and a new time – Wednesdays at 9pm.

Hopefully the new night, plus the fact that the drama and Annie heroics have been toned down in the past few episodes, will mean a change for the better for Chase‘s ratings.

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