It becomes the longest-running primetime live-action series in U.S. history (surpassing Gunsmoke and the original Law & Order). It’s worth noting that Gunsmoke still holds the record when it comes to total episodes. Gunsmoke ran for 635 episodes and SVU will likely “only” have 480 installments by the end of season 21.
A Dick Wolf NBC legal drama, Law & Order: SVU stars Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, and Philip Winchester. The police procedural centers on Lt. Benson (Hargitay) and her elite squad of New York City Police Department detectives who investigate crimes including sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence.
The 20th season of Law & Order: SVU is averaging a 0.89 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.30 million viewers. Compared to season 19, that’s down by 29% and 28%, respectively. Compared to NBC’s other scripted series, the show is a middle-of-the-road performer. The series currently airs on Thursday nights at 10 PM.
“I’m deeply proud to be a part of this groundbreaking show, and humbled to make television history today,” said Hargitay. “The longevity and continued success of SVU is a testament not only to the show’s powerful storytelling and ability to connect with viewers, but to its necessity. We have told important stories for 20 years, and we will continue to tell them.”
As part of the announcement, NBC released images from SVU’s first season.
What do you think? Do you still like the Law & Order: SVU TV show? Will you be watching season 21 on NBC? Do you miss any members of the original cast?