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Law & Order: Los Angeles: New NBC Series; Cancel or Keep It?

Law & Order: Los AngelesThough NBC has cancelled the original Law & Order, they haven’t lost faith in the Dick Wolf franchise. The network recently debuted yet another spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles. Will this one survive as long as the original or be cancelled in less than a year, like 2005’s Law & Order: Trial by Jury?

Law & Order: Los Angeles (LO:LA) revolves around detectives and lawyers as they follow the legal process in the City of Angels. As is the case with other Law & Order series, storylines are often “ripped from the headlines.” The cast includes Skeet Ulrich, Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Peter Coyote, Alfred Molina, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, and Megan Boone.

In it’s first week on the air, LO:LA attracted a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.64 million total viewers. That was enough to put it in first place in both categories for the timeslot. In the demo and total viewership, the numbers slipped about 10% between when the show began and when it ended.

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While not a blockbuster debut, it was the highest rated show on NBC that night. It also performed significantly better than The Jay Leno Show did in the same timeslot last year. That had attracted just a 1.9 in the demo and 6.11 million viewers.

If LO:LA can sustain or build on these premiere ratings, it looks like it has a great future on NBC. The peacock network can certainly use some positive ratings.

But, what do you think? Do you like this new Law & Order is better or worse than its predecessors? Would you keep it or rather see it cancelled?

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Stephenie January 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I think this show needs to be cancelled. Skeet Ulrich doesn’t fit the role. Evertime I watch it I think of “Scream”. This show will never compare to SVU or the original Law & Order. If it does continue I hope they tweak the cast a little and put more believable actors on the show.


Ida Brown January 8, 2011 at 10:58 am

I love Law And Order Los Angeles Please keep it on. Its very refreshing to see new people. I don”t think it should follow law oder suv. I didn’t ;ike the other law order they keep changing character every season. I didn’t like the way they change the lawyers season. The last couple detectives and lawyers were boring. Please give los angeles chance,


Judysparkles December 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

Law and Order was and always will be THE BEST! But L.A. is really good. I haven’t seen a new episode since 12/1/10 so I was scared it was canceled. Hope NBC doesn’t make that mistake. This show has some real substance and the actors are real and very good. Hope it continues as long as original Law and Order.


Anonymous December 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I love love love Skeet Ulrich, give him and better script and story


Sarah B November 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I cannot get into this one; maybe because they cancelled the original (which was my favorite) or maybe because I cannot relate to the characters or plots. I don’t care for any of the actors except for Skeet Ulrich. NBC messed up when they cancelled the original.


Trisha Taylor October 30, 2010 at 3:27 am

I was going to watch it but after reading so many negative comments, is it worth it? My question is, why do a Los Angeles version when you could had just stuck with what had been working for twenty years. Let the LA version have its 8 episodes and bring back the original with vigor!


Sarah B November 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I agree!!!


Victor October 17, 2010 at 5:38 am

Law & Order Los Angeles will flop. The main detective characters look like pair of stiffs. The first episode was really boring.


Bill October 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Marginal at best!


Jay October 13, 2010 at 1:17 am

Have not been impressed by what I have seen so far….I still don’t understand why the original was cancelled. Not that interested in super rich and famous committing mindless crimes. I am from NYC so maybe I am biased, nevertheless, I like my cop shows with more grit…Like Detroit 187, now that is a nice new show.


Melia October 7, 2010 at 1:05 am

Frankly; I am in the court room far to often, and plea bargaining is never done in the exact format and or fashion as it is on TV. Therefore this show is already getting old. I am not amused-)


prue October 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I hated it. Although the characters changed at different times in the original, they were interesting. Sam Waterson was wonderful and passionate as Jack McCoy. I even loved the new assistant DA who took Jack’s place. They were exciting and held your interest. These new cops seem to be fashioned after Goren in CI. They are boring, soft spoken, and didn’t hold my interest at all. I’m surprised Molina isn’t more passionate in his role. I’ve seen him in other films and he is quite boring in this one. I’ll give it another week since Terrence Howard wasn’t in the first one. If it gets no better, I say cancel it.
I really miss the old show.


Haze October 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

Nothing is better than Criminal Intent. Jeremy are you crazy?


wasp October 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm

was not great gl;ad criminal intent is getting a final season. just wish they would extend it from 8 to 13 episodes so they cqan reach 200 . and have rene balcer come back as showrunner and do it how they did it in first five seasons. svu is not so good. its not bad. sometimes it is though. and i never saw trial by jury. i love the original ihn its first 3 years with michael moriarty, george dzundza, dann florek, chris noth, steven hill, richard brooks, paul sorvino, jerry orbach, carolyn McCormick.
hope lA gets better a reviewert says it gets better next week.


Elaine Maddox October 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I am so happy to see the cast, primarily to see Skeet Ulrich on the TV screen, that I hope the show makes it as a vehicle in which this cast will be with us for a long time. I thought this first show left a bit to be desired, but then don’t all new shows have a break-in period?


Jeremy Rynek October 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I think it’s better than Criminal intent, but not better than the original or SVU. It’s cool to see some new characters, but although it didn’t wow me. But of course I’m not about to stop just because I wasn’t in love with the pilot. But I’m gonna miss Sam Waterson though. But I say keep it.


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