Why ‘Law & Order’ 2021 Ratings Means the Franchise Is Here to Stay

by Megan Molseed
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For viewers who enjoy a good television drama series, there are few nights as exciting as Wednesday nights on NBC. This comes as the popular network brings fans an entire evening of entertainment; providing a triple dose of our favorite One Chicago players. Operating within its own universe, the three One Chicago hit shows, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med have long entertained viewers with a triple-header each week. So, what would happen if One Chicago creator Dick Wolf applied this same principle to his other massively successful NBC procedural drama franchise, Law & Order?

Chances are, this would seal in the popular franchise’s placement as a regular Thursday evening fan-favorite. It would also very likely secure each of the Law & Order show’s top spots not only on NBC but also within the genre in general.

‘SVU’ and ‘OC’ Bring In Some Amazing Numbers

One of the most popular shows within the massively popular Law & Order franchise is, of course, the long-running Law & Order: SVU. This series premiered nine years after the original series was introduced on television. Since then, Law & Order: SVU has climbed its way into being one of the most popular television shows; running for a total of twenty-three seasons to date.

While always a fan favorite, SVU has recently seen continued success as the popular show celebrated its 500th episode last fall. The series has also earned the title of being the longest-running live-action show to have ranked at a top spot in 2021.

Last year, Law & Order: SVU brought in an average of 6.63 million viewers per episode.

This, of course, is a major win for a series that has been airing regularly for so many seasons.

Shows don’t usually find such long-lasting viewership, it seems. Additionally, the popular NBC series lost two major cast regulars as the recent season began last fall. However, that didn’t keep the fans away as the twenty-third season continued into the winter.

Next, the newest addition to the popular franchise that is currently on air is the SVU spinoff series Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Only in its second season, this series has also brought in an impressive amount of viewership. The newest Law & Order series on the air pulls in an average of 5.6 million viewers each week.

Could ‘Law & Order’ Bring A Triple Header To Audiences In The New Year?

Now, Law & Order showrunners are in the process of bringing back the original series. The one that started it all – back to NBC.

Once this happens, fans of the franchise will likely be treated with a full block of their favorite shows each night on NBC.

This model is of course very similar to the massively successful One Chicago block NBC gives audiences each Wednesday night.