For WGN America, 2017 was a year of transition followed by preparation. A primetime lineup highlighted by such notable originals as Salem, Outsiders and Underground morphed into one featuring Cops, Blue Bloods and other popular off-network series on the crime beat. At year's end, the network was ready to introduce a set of original primetime dramas, beginning with Bellevue and Shoot the Messenger during early 2018. What didn't happen along the way was a decline in audience, especially among WGN America's base of more than 77 million subscribers. Quite the contrary.
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