The Law & Order franchise has been extremely profitable for NBCUniversal. It was a bit surprising when the original version was cancelled back in 2010 but, given the way the industry has changed in the past decade, it’s no surprise that it’s been revived. Will the revival live up to viewer and network expectations? Could Law & Order possibly be cancelled again or, is it sure to be renewed for season 22 and beyond? Stay tuned. *Status Update Below.
A procedural crime drama series, the Law & Order TV show revival stars Sam Waterson, Anthony Anderson, Hugh Dancy, Jeffrey Donovan, Camryn Manheim, and Odelya Halevi. Set in New York City, stories follow the police who investigate crimes and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. The characters include District Attorney Jack McCoy (Waterson), Assistant District Attorney Samantha Maroun (Halevi), Assistant District Attorney Nolan Price (Dancy), Lieutenant Kate Dixon (Manheim), Detective Kevin Bernard (Anderson), and Detective Frank Cosgrove (Donovan). Stories are often based on real cases and episodes are split between a criminal investigation and the trial that follows.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances of survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
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Note: These are the final national ratings, including all live+same day viewing and DVR playback (through 3:00 AM). Early fast affiliate ratings (estimates) are indicated with an “*”. While these numbers don’t include further delayed or streaming viewing, they are a very good indicator of how a show is performing, especially when compared to others on the same channel. There can be other economic factors involved in a show’s fate, but typically the higher-rated series are renewed and the lower-rated ones are cancelled.
What do you think? Do you like the Law & Order TV series on NBC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 22nd season?
*5/11/22 update: Law & Order has been renewed for a 22nd season on NBC.
Please if you are bringing back Law and Order, get rid of Camryn Manheim who over acts in everything and is not only totally unprofessional and unbelievable as the head of the department but also brings the quality of the show down to annoying. Sam Waterson and Anthony Anderson (who needs a better actor as a partner) are still amazing and I was sick when the show got cancelled and still don’t get it because everyone I know loved it and was addicted. Hopefully the rest of the new cast in the new season can keep up.
idk you guys i feel like they should definitely renew the series for at least one more season
“Ham-fisted” is an apt description of the writing in this season of L&O. Please, NBC, put this sad attempt at a come-back behind you and end the series.
Previous shows were better
I love watching Law and Order and Sam Waterston as McCoy. Sure hope for season 22
The new cast took a little getting used to but I like it. Love seeing Sam Waterston. Look forward to watching the show every week, much more than L&O OC.
Probably good enough to be renewed if Sam Waterston wants to come back.
Really enjoying the new series. So glad to see Jack back in the saddle!
Glad see back on air such a great original series start great franchise. Other sucks but this so good look forward to seeing it every Thursday court and cop drama enjoy it and love it.