‘Law & Order: SVU’ Season 25 Premiere Viewership Jumps 29% With 5.6 Million

The original “Law & Order,” “Organized Crime” and shows in the One Chicago universe also saw significant increases on NBC

Peter Scanavino as Dominick "Sonny" Carisi Jr., Kelli Giddish as Amanda Rollins, Viet Vo as Father Ralph, Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." — (Peter Kramer/NBC)

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“Law & Order: SVU” saw an impressive return during its Season 25 premiere Thursday night. A total of 5.6 million people tuned in to watch the Dick Wolf drama, according to fast affiliate ratings.

That viewership marks a 29% increase compared to the final four episodes of Season 24. “SVU” wasn’t the only NBC show to see an increase.

The flagship drama “Law & Order” saw 5.2 million people tune into its Season 23 premiere. That’s a 31% increase from last season’s final four episodes. Similarly, “Law & Order: Organized Crime” had a premiere of 3.8 million viewers, a 12% increase compared to last seasons’s final four episodes.

The “Law & Order” universe wasn’t the only batch of NBC shows to see notable numbers upon their return. “Chicago Med” saw the biggest jump Wednesday night when it came to live-plus-same-day figures. Its 6.9 million viewer premiere was a 24% jump compared to the last four episodes of Season 10 and a 5% jump compared to last season’s premiere.

Likewise, “Chicago P.D.,” which saw 5.8 million viewers in the official ratings, returned with a viewership that was 19% higher than the final four episodes of Season 8, and 6% higher than the previous season premiere. Finally, the return of “Chicago Fire,” which saw 7 million viewers, saw a viewership gain of 16% compared to the final four episodes of Season 11 and a gain of 4% compared to last season’s premiere.

The numbers of the “Chicago” shows are taken from official linear Nielsen ratings. All six NBC shows are expected to see increases in delayed live +3 and live +7 viewership, as well as from streaming on Peacock.

The return of Dick Wolf’s empire of NBC dramas is great news for broadcast television. Following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the “Law & Order” and “Chicago” shows were among the first to return to production. That these series have already aired new episodes with more to come is a sign that the television world is returning to normal post-strike.


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