Law & Order Thursdays preview: Things heat up for all three shows

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Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Organized Crime. Pic credit: NBC

Law & Order Thursdays are heating up November this week.

Coming off another intriguing week of episodes, all three Law & Order series offer even bigger storylines this Thursday.

On the mothership Law & Order, the cops investigate a murder connected to a con man, leaving them with many suspects. 

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit gives the team the daunting task of charging a major sports star with assault. 

Finally, Law & Order: Organized Crime will have Stabler meeting an old friend on a case but wondering about her motives. 

As the shows enjoy the November sweeps period, this week should provide a lot more action and drama to keep fans entertained. 

How did Law & Order Thursdays do in the ratings this week?

All three Law & Order shows saw a dip in the ratings this past week, but there was a good reason for it.

The lineup had to go up against Game 5 of the World Series. Nearly 11 million viewers tuned in to see the Houston Astros defeat the Philadelphia Phillies. The Astros would end up winning the World Series in Game 6. 

Thus, the mothership Law & Order saw a dip to 3.6 million viewers and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demo. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit hit a low of 3.7 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, while Law & Order: Organized Crime finished with 2.9 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating. 

The main Law & Order had the investigation into a designer’s murder, putting Maroun’s career on the line when she realized she had let the accused killer skate on a lesser charge months earlier. 

While they managed to convict the man, Maroun still wondered about failing her job.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had an assault case leading to a twisted CEO trying to blackmail men. The woman escaped and promised to return one day to match wits with Benson. 

On Law & Order: Organized Crime, the hunt for a pack of crooks posing as cops had Reyes facing his childhood in an abusive foster home. 

They managed to capture the crook, and Reyes found closure with his abuser. The episode ended with Pearl reaching out to Stabler for help.

This sets the stage for another night of drama this week. 

What’s coming on Law & Order Thursdays this week?

The night begins with Law & Order as Only the Lonely shows the murder of a crisis consultant may be tied to a con man. 

“A crisis consultant who’s made many enemies on behalf of her clients is murdered. Price and Maroun must set aside the potential damage to a witness’s reputation in order to strengthen their case.”

The promo hints there are a lot of suspects involved and that the prosecutors have an uphill battle trying to figure out who really did it. 

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has the team taking on a world-famous soccer player accused of assault. The huge press coverage on the case will make Dead Ball a challenging one.

“When the case against a popular sports star falls through, Benson digs into the suspect’s past to uncover additional victims. Velasco is disappointed when he meets one of his heroes.”

Celebrity cases are never easy for the SVU team, and the fact that Velasco counts himself as one of the accused player’s fans will likely make this more complicated. 

On Law & Order: Organized Crime, All That Glitters has the Task Force distracted by a gold smuggling operation. This has Stabler teaming up with a cop he met during his time in Italy.

“The task force goes undercover to bust a jewelry operation they come to realize isn’t just smuggling gold. An unexpected guest from Stabler’s past arrives to help take the operation down and confront some unresolved feelings.”

It appears Stabler and that cop have a bit of a spark between them. However, he has to worry if she has her own agenda in this case and using him. 

With just one more week to go before a brief break, these episodes promise to keep Law & Order Thursdays more dramatic as the November sweeps period continues.

Law & Order Thursdays begins with Law & Order Season 22 at 8/7c on NBC.

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