With NBC releasing its Fall 2020 primetime schedule on Tuesday, Law & Order fans are learning a lot more about Christopher Meloni's return to the Dick Wolf franchise as Elliot Stabler. First, it's no longer "that Law & Order: SVU spinoff" because it now has an official title: Law & Order: Organized Crime. Second, we know when it's going to air: Thursday nights at 10 pm ET, following lead-ins Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Law & Order: SVU. Finally, we have an overview of the series that finds Stabler having to balance a "devastating personal loss" and putting together a "new elite task force," all while learning to adjust to a justice system that changed dramatically in the past ten years. Wolf executive produces alongside Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski for Wolf Entertainment and Universal TV, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. Former Chicago P.D. showrunner Matt Olmstead writes and serves as showrunner.
"Law & Order: Organized Crime" features Christopher Meloni reprising his beloved "Law & Order: SVU" role as Elliot Stabler, who returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. However, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he's been away, and he must adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning. Throughout the series, we will follow Stabler's journey to find absolution and rebuild his life, while leading a new elite task force that is taking apart the city's most powerful criminal syndicates one by one.
Wolf's Law & Order: SVU doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down, either. Last season, it scored as television's most-watched series, with more than 150 billion minutes viewed across NBC, USA, and Ion. For the 2019-20 season to date, the series holds the top spot in its Thursday 10-11 p.m. timeslot versus regular ABC and CBS competition in the Adults 18-49 demo and in total viewers. In LIVE+7 ratings, SVU is averaging a 1.5 rating in the Adults 18-49 demo and 6.5 million viewers overall. Adding digital and linear delayed viewing into the mix, and the show's season premiere episode climbed to a 3.9 in the Adults 18-49 demo – and 11.1 million viewers overall.