‘Law & Order: SVU’: Peter Scanavino Teases Carsisi Getting to ‘Flex His Cop Muscles’

by Lauren Boisvert
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“Law & Order: SVU”‘s Dominick Carisi hasn’t been a detective since season 20, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how. Peter Scanavino, who plays Carisi, said recently that Carisi is going back to his old stomping ground: the interrogation room.

Scanavino spoke with TV Insider about his character, and what the new episodes entail when “Law & Order: SVU” returns in 2022. According to the actor, “We’ve got a great case where there’s a child abduction and Carisi kind of gets involved more in a kind of old-school sense. He’s involved in a lot of the pretrial interrogations so he kind of gets to flex his cop muscles a little bit in that one.”

For how exactly Carisi will be involved, we’ll have to wait until “Law & Order: SVU” returns. But, Scanavino also shared a little insight into his character. “He always had a soft spot for children,” he said. “He’s had nieces and he’s been close to them. And I just think that is a very sensitive area for Carisi, an abuser taking advantage of a child. I think that’s something that he can’t stomach at all.”

All in all, Carisi is a good guy, and he’s someone you’d want in your corner. He was great as a detective, and he’s awesome as Assistant District Attorney. Scanavino also spoke about whether or not Carisi misses being a detective. “I think part of [him] does probably miss being a detective,” he said. “It was just clearer. It was not as political. It was just, this is my job. I think as a lawyer, he’s got to deal with a lot of other people that he might disagree with, but he still has to go forward and do it.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Consistently Scores Top Ratings

It’s no surprise that “Law & Order: SVU” is still one of the top shows on TV. Over the 2021-22 season, “SVU” scored 5th overall on NBC. The ranking was at 1.2, which is fairly high, with a total of 6.63 million viewers. The score is down only 3% from season 22. That’s not bad, considering how long the show has been on the air. Most people get sick of a show by now. Not “Law & Order: SVU” fans.

Three more Dick Wolf productions were in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spots; “Chicago Fire” with 9.95 million viewers, “Chicago PD” with 9.25 million, and “Chicago Med” with 9.17 million. The number one watched program in 2021-22 was, naturally, Sunday Night Football with 17.72 million viewers.

“Law & Order: Organized Crime” came it at number 7 with 5.86 million viewers, but a 1.1 rating. That likely means that more people watched it on DVR or VOD than they did live. Still, not a bad run for Wolf Entertainment. Dick Wolf still has the monopoly on crime shows, it seems.