This news hitting the wires today NBC has announced it will cancel “Law & Order” after 20 years of episodes. The long-running drama will finally come to end — its termination possibly having to do with “sagging ratings and creative fatigue,” writes the DailyNews.
On Thursday there were murmurs the show might be on its way out, but NBC did not confirm anything. Reuters reports the show’s audience had dropped to an average 7.3 million viewers per episode vs. 18 million in 2002.
In a statement, NBC Universal Television Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin said, “The legacy of his original ‘Law & Order’ series will continue to make an impact like no other series before.”
“Law & Order” stars Anthony Anderson, Alana De La Garza, Linus Roache, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jeremy Sisto, and Sam Waterston.
Spinoffs of the show — “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” will continue production.
“Law & Order” has tied “Gunsmoke” as the longest running prime-time drama.