LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Per the network's notification:
NBC's long-running drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has been ordered for a 16th season.
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Warren Leight, Julie Martin, Jonathan Starch and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.
The current 15th season of "Law & Order: SVU" is averaging a 2.5 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers overall in "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research, generating increases versus the prior season of +19% in adults 18-49 (2.5 vs. 2.1) and +16% or 1.2 million persons in total viewers (8.4 million vs. 7.2 million). "SVU" has built on its lead-in this season by +27% in adults 18-49 and +31% in total viewers, contributing to a +21% increase this season versus last for NBC's regular Wednesday lineup in adults 18-49.