NBC Renew/Cancel Week 9: Law & Order: SVU’s Olivia Benson Will Be on the Case Another Year

On this week's NBC renew/cancel, the focus turns to the network's longest-running drama. Keep reading to see what's in store this week for Law & Order: SVU and the rest of NBC's lineup.

Certain Cancellation:
Bluff City Law (0.6)
Perfect Harmony (0.4)

Likely Cancellation: 
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For the Bone Collector (0.5)

Leans Cancellation:
The Blacklist (0.5)

Leans Renewal: 

Likely Renewal:
Manifest (0.7)

Certain Renewal:
Chicago Fire (1.2)
Chicago PD (1.1)
Chicago Med (1.2)
Law & Order: SVU (0.7)
Saturday Night Live (1.3)
Superstore (0.7)

Already Renewed:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
New Amsterdam
This Is Us

Already Canceled/Final Season:
The Good Place
Will & Grace

Coming Soon:
Council of Dads
Good Girls
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Law & Order: SVU: It's been a rough season for NBC's Thursday lineup, but SVU has always been one of the very few bright spots. As shows like Sunnyside and Perfect Harmony completely bomb in front of it and the other veteran shows decline, SVU has continued to routinely grow from its lead-ins and is consistently leading the 10 PM pack. If it was a show earlier in its run achieving this, it would've been a certain renewal for far longer. However, as I previously stated, SVU is the longest-running drama on NBC (and all of primetime television). Eventually, no matter how impressively it's performing, it has to end eventually. At this point, I think it's pretty unlikely that this will be the season. I find it hard to believe that NBC will unceremoniously cancel it in May given how much it means to them and how close of a relationship they have with creator Dick Wolf. This is the type of show that goes out with a big, previously-announced final season. They still have time to announce it as ending before May, but I still feel confident enough that it'll be back to upgrade it to a CERTAIN RENEWAL.

Superstore: Despite some weaker data points since it's returned from hiatus this month, SUperstore remains NBC's #1 comedy by a comfortable margin. It's also had the smallest year-to-year decline of any part of the Thursday lineup. While it may not be a huge hit by broadcast standards, it's a big performer for an NBC comedy. Its recent weak 0.7s don't deter me from keeping it as a CERTAIN RENEWAL.

What do you think of my predictions? What are your predictions? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to vote in the poll of the week!

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