Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
^ It's always been the highest rated of any L&O show. I don't know how it's fared now that it's the only L&O-verse show out there
Your first point really isn't true; in terms of overall viewership, SVU peaked at averaging about 14.8 million viewers per episode in Season 4, while Vanilla beat those numbers from Season 10 through Season 14.
Nowadays? SVU's ratings are abysmal. Season 13 averaged fewer viewers than the terrible numbers that got Los Angeles
canceled -- I believe the season averaged something like 6.8 million viewers, with an 18 - 49 rating of 1.9.