So much for speculation that Law & Order SVU was nearing the end of its storied run. NBC on Thursday announced that it has renewed Dick Wolf’s venerable procedural for three additional seasons. The mega-pickup insures that SVU will continue churning out new episodes through the 2023-24 TV season.
The Mariska Hargitay-led drama — currently in its 21st season — stands as the longest-running primetime live-action series in television history. It recently surpassed OG Law & Order and Gunsmoke, which ran for 20 seasons apiece.
The news comes as NBC’s parent, Universal Television, closes a new five-year deal with Wolf Entertainment.
“Dick Wolf has proven time and time again that he makes shows audiences love,” said Paul Telegdy, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “We are delighted, excited and proud that as part of this epic deal with Wolf Entertainment, NBC’s loyal audience will know that their favorite shows have a certain future for the next three years.”
Season-to-date, SVU is averaging 6.5 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating (Live+7-day ratings).
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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