In the network television system, “Law & Order: SVU” is considered the longest-running drama series currently on the air. In New York City the dedicated men and women who create the series are part of an elite squad known as the cast and crew. They will continue to tell their stories.


NBC has picked up “SVU” for a 19th season in 2018-19, continuing the show’s long run. With the renewal the show comes within one year of running as long as the original “Law & Order,” which lasted 20 seasons.

The series passed the 400-episode mark earlier this season and should pass 430 by the end of next season.

“SVU” still puts up decent ratings for NBC, averaging a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.81 million viewers on the night it airs. It adds 1.1 points to its 18-49 rating and about 3 million viewers with seven days of DVR and on-demand catchup.

With the renewal of “SVU,” NBC has secured four of the five shows produced by Dick Wolf for next season. “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago PD” are also coming back, with a decision on “Chicago Justice” yet to be announced.

NBC also has “Law & Order: True Crime” from Wolf on deck for next season. The limited series will tell the story of the Menendez murder trial in the 1990s.

Aside from “Chicago Justice,” the only NBC scripted show still awaiting word on next season is first-year comedy “Trial & Error.” The network announces its full lineup for 2017-18 on Sunday, followed by its upfront presentation to advertisers Monday.

“SVU” joins this list of shows that have been renewed for next season and beyond.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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