The release date for Law & Order: SVU Season 19 — Pending
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Basic info and plot
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural drama TV series created and produced by Dick Wolf and starring Mariska Hargitay, Kelly Giddish Ice-T and others. The drama is set in New York City and focuses on the detectives of the Special Victims Unit of a fictional version of the 16th Precinct of the NYPD. It is the only remaining series of the long-running Law & Order franchise still in production. Season 18 of Law & Order: SVU premiered on NBC on September 21, 2016.
In 1986 Dick Wolf was inspired by a true murder case in which a man strangled his girlfriend in Manhattan’s Central Park, claiming it was consensual rough sex gone wrong. At that time, Wolf wrote an episode for the original Law & Order series loosely based on the story, but still wanted to go deeper into the psychology of sex crimes. Thus, Law & Order: SVU was born, in which any and every topic related to human sexuality as it pertains to crimes comes under scrutiny.
Current season and future prospects
Rick Eid replaced long-running showrunner Warren Leight this season, and the ratings are just about as strong as before, perfectly on par with the preceding seasons. The premiere episode of season 18 drew an audience of 7.82 million viewers, and the subsequent episodes were seen by 6.09 and 5.76 million viewers. Law and Order: SVU has garnered a number of awards and nominations since its premiere in 1999, earning Mariska Hargitay an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series. There has been no word from NBC on the renewal of the series, but reviews prove that the Law & Order franchise is in no way losing its popularity. As such, we hope to see Law & Order: SVU season 19 sometime next year.
UPDATED November 22, 2016: The eighteenth season of Law & Order: SVU has officially gone on holiday hiatus after the broadcast of its sixth episode, which dealt with an investigation of an assault on a transgender person. The mid-season finale drew an audience of 5.55 million viewers, a demo rating of 1.3 and an audience share of 4, down from the 7.83 million premiere audience. The second part of season eighteen is due back on screen on January 4, 2017, and you can sign up for our automatic updates and receive a reminder one day prior to the premiere.