Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 20)

The twentieth season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 9PM ET with a two-part premiere episode. The following Thursday, the series started airing new episodes at 10PM ET. The season ended on May 16, 2019.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Season 20
SVUSeason20DVDCover.jpeg
Season 20 U.S. DVD cover
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2018 (2018-09-27) –
May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 19
Next →
Season 21
List of episodes

This landmark season of SVU tied it with both the original Law & Order series and Gunsmoke as longest-running scripted non-animated U.S. primetime TV series. On March 29, 2019, as it was announced that SVU was renewed for a twenty-first, record-breaking season, it was also announced this season would be the last season to feature Philip Winchester.[1]

ProductionEdit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was renewed for a twentieth season on May 9, 2018.[2] Production started on July 16, 2018.[3] On July 12, 2018, Executive Producer Julie Martin posted a photo of a script on Twitter, teasing that the first hour of the two-hour season premiere was tentatively titled "Man Up".[4] Martin teased on August 14, 2018, that the fourth episode of the season, titled "Revenge", would be "a devious twist and turn edge-of-your-seater". The episode also featured Callie Thorne as defense attorney Nikki Staines.[5] A deleted scene featuring Benson and Noah from the previous season was re-shot and placed into the episode "Dear Ben", the scene being where Noah has a question about his father followed up by ADA Stone (Philip Winchester) taking Noah out to play baseball.[6] It was confirmed that Hargitay would direct the ninth episode of the season, titled "Mea Culpa", marking it the sixth episode she has directed for the series.[7] On December 3, 2018, Julie Martin confirmed that the episode count for this season is 24.[8] On March 1, 2019, it was announced that actress Lucy Liu would be directing the episode "Dearly Beloved," which aired April 4.[9]

After the season wrapped production, it was announced that showrunner/executive producer Michael Chernuchin departed the show for another Wolf Films series, FBI on CBS. Former showrunner/EP Warren Leight (seasons 13-17) is set to return for the record-breaking 21st season. Executive producer/director Alex Chapple will join Chernuchin and will be replaced by Law & Order/Law & Order: Criminal Intent veteran executive producer/director Norberto Barba.[10]

CastEdit

Main castEdit

Recurring castEdit

  • Ryan Buggle as Noah Porter-Benson
  • Vivian and Charlotte Cabell as Jesse Rollins
  • George Newbern as Dr. Al Pollack
  • Kurt Fuller as Civil Rights Attorney Jed Karey
  • John Rothman as Judge Edward Kofax
  • Sandrine Holt as Psychologist Lisa Abernathy
  • Ami Brabson as Judge Karyn Blake
  • Lauren Noble as Carmen
  • Yvonna Kopacz-Wright as Dr. Darby Wilder
  • Jennifer Regan as A.D.A. Kim Caldwell
  • Carl Weathers as State’s Attorney Mark Jefferies
  • Gillian Glasco as Officer Dominique Rivers
  • Callie Thorne as Defense Attorney Nikki Staines
  • Tom Titone as Judge Joshua Goldfarb
  • Jolly Abraham as Dr. Patel
  • Ngo Okafor as Wyatt
  • Betsy Aidem as Dr. Sloane
  • Aida Turturro as Judge Felicia Catano
  • Alan Ariano as Judge Lee Wong
  • William Oliver Watkins as ESU Officer Mido Hamid
  • Paul Bomba as Officer Bobby Nardone
  • Eddie Hargitay as Officer Eddie Montero
  • Mary Hodges as Judge Alicia Wright
  • Michael Kostroff as Defense Attorney Evan Braun
  • Erica Camarano as Officer Rachel Ortiz
  • Kathryn Kates as Judge Marlene Simons
  • Ned Eisenberg as Defense Attorney Roger Kressler
  • Michael Mastro as Judge Serani
  • Sarah Ellen Stephens as Officer Selena Gaines
  • Barbara Miluski as Judge Lisa Peck
  • Steve Rosen as Defense Attorney Michael Guthrie
  • Brittany Jeffery as Defense Attorney Leah Simon
  • Olga Merediz as Judge Roberta Martinez
  • Vincent Curatola as Judge Al Bertuccio
  • Joanne Baron as Defense Attorney Diane Schwartz
  • Dov Tiefenbach as Medical Examiner Fitz
  • Jenna Stern as Judge Elana Barth
  • Dean Winters as DA Investigator Brian Cassidy
  • Edelen McWilliams as CSU Tech Martin
  • Peter Gallagher as Deputy Chief William Dodds
  • Titus Welliver as Rob Miller
  • Jillian Rose as Attica Staines
  • Joe Grifasi as Judge Hashi Horowitz
  • Barrett Shuler as Sergeant Ryan Klypka
  • Meredith Holzman as Counselor Naomi Ziegler
  • Richard Kind as Defense Attorney William Biegel
  • Tom Coiner as Officer Chuck Inslow

Guest starsEdit

On July 13, 2018, Deadline announced that Scandal's George Newbern would be guest starring over the course of the season in a recurring role as Dr. Al Pollack. Pollack is described as a charming, handsome, and wealthy doctor who is set to be a future as well as past love interest to Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish). Rollins mentions him cheating on her with a prostitute in the previous season.[11] Days later it was reported that Dylan Walsh would play John Conway, an abusive father who rapes his own son, in the season premiere. Walsh previously guest starred in the eighth season.[12]

Carl Weathers reprised his role as his Chicago Justice character, State's Attorney Mark Jefferies, in the episode "Zero Tolerance".[13] On August 16, 2018, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Homeland actress Sandrine Holt would be cast in a recurring role this season, as Dr. Lisa Abernathy, a clinical psychologist that consults on cases for the district attorney's office. Holt previously guest starred in the seventeenth season.[14] On September 27, 2018, Entertainment Weekly reported that Sebastian Roché would guest star as Arlo Beck, the charismatic leader of a female empowerment group, in the episode "Accredo", which aired October 18, 2018. Roché previously made two guest appearances on the flagship series, Law & Order.[15] Sasha Alexander guest starred as Anna Mill, a woman who murdered her husband and two children in the November 1st episode "Caretaker."[16] On January 14, 2019, Julie Martin confirmed that Dean Winters would reprise his role as Brian Cassidy in February.[17]

On January 22, 2019, it was confirmed Jennifer Esposito would be guest starring as Vice squad Sgt. Phoebe Baker in the episode "Brothel". Baker worked in Narcotics with Sgt. Tutuola before he transferred to SVU; she teams up with the SVU to investigate a chain of pop-up brothels where young women are found murdered. Esposito previously guest starred as a victim in the first season.[18] On February 27, 2019, TV Line released that Titus Welliver would be guest starring in the episode "Blackout" as NYPD attorney, Rob Miller.[19] Writer/EP Julie Martin on Twitter tweeted that Welliver would be returning in the last two episodes of the season.[20] Rapper-actor Snoop Dogg guest-starred in the May 2 episode titled "Diss". The news was revealed by Ice-T on Twitter in a behind the scenes picture.[21] In addition to Snoop Dogg, Orlando Jones, Amber Stevens West, and L. Scott Caldwell also guest-starred in the episode.[22]

EpisodesEdit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 20 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
4351"Man Up"Alex ChappleMichael Chernuchin & Julie MartinSeptember 27, 2018 (2018-09-27)20015.09[23]
The Special Victims Unit is called in after a fifteen-year-old boy (Bryce Romero) is sexually assaulted. Despite having evidence, he is too scared to name his attacker (Dylan Walsh), making things complicated for the detectives. When the identity of the attacker is discovered, the detectives do their best to protect the teenager from being abused again. Meanwhile, Rollins talks things through with her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her with an escort and also confides in Benson that she is pregnant for a second time. Benson expresses concern to Tutuola that she is not as strong or fast as she used to be.
4362"Man Down"Alex ChappleMichael Chernuchin & Julie MartinSeptember 27, 2018 (2018-09-27)20045.09[23]
The case involving a teenager who was sexually assaulted continues and Stone takes the rapist to court. However, an unexpected verdict comes back, shocking everyone involved. The victim ends up making a tragic decision which results in several people dead and injured and the Special Victims Unit must charge the victim. An upset Stone along with the rest of the squad decide to try their best to charge the boy's rapist as well in order to get justice for all the victims who were killed or injured in the attack. Meanwhile, Rollins starts having doubts about her pregnancy.
4373"Zero Tolerance"Michael PressmanRichard Sweren & Céline C. RobinsonOctober 4, 2018 (2018-10-04)20024.21[24]
A nine-year-old girl (Scarlett Lopez) is taken from her mother at the U.S.–Mexico border and ends up in a child sex trafficking ring in New York, which quickly comes to the attention of the Special Victims Unit. Benson and Stone try their hardest to reunite the girl with her family within the court system but meet many obstacles along the way. Eventually, Stone decides to ask for help from an old friend. Meanwhile, Rollins decides to give her rocky relationship with Pollack another chance.
4384"Revenge"Martha MitchellMichael Chernuchin & Lawrence KaplowOctober 11, 2018 (2018-10-11)20034.44[25]
The Special Victims Unit is called in after a seemingly random young couple is brutally assaulted by a masked pizza delivery man in their apartment. The detectives soon realize they are dealing with a serial rapist when another couple is assaulted. Eventually, the detectives discover a complicated and twisted revenge plot relating to the past history of one of the victims (Kennedy McMann) and the rapist, explaining what could have caused someone to attack her and several others.
4395"Accredo"Jean de SegonzacJulie Martin & Brianna YellenOctober 18, 2018 (2018-10-18)20053.95[26]
The Special Victims Unit is called in after a woman who is part of a women's empowerment group is found brutally sexually assaulted and murdered. The prime suspect quickly becomes her ex-husband due to her violent past with him, but eventually the detectives are led to the empowerment group's charismatic male leader (Sebastian Roché) who may not be as charming as he seems. Meanwhile, Rollins tries to keep her pregnancy under wraps to avoid desk duty and the entire squad start to wonder who the baby's father is.
4406"Exile"Stephanie MarquardtMichael Chernuchin & Allison IntrieriOctober 25, 2018 (2018-10-25)20064.22[27]
The Special Victims Unit is called in to investigate the sexual assault of a young homeless woman (Aimée Spring Fortier). The squad soon realizes that the woman has a dual personality which makes things complicated. However, when she goes missing, the squad becomes challenged to not only uncover her whereabouts but also her real identity. The detectives later discover that someone from her past may be responsible and that the assault may have happened a long time ago. However, the squad meet a dead end in their investigation and Benson makes a generous decision to help the victim recover from her ordeal.
4417"Caretaker"Jono OliverJordan BarskyNovember 1, 2018 (2018-11-01)20074.62[28]
The Special Victims Unit is called in to investigate what could possibly be their most heinous and disturbing crime when a father and his daughter are found brutally murdered in their home and his son is found wandering the streets, with stab wounds and blood all over him. The detectives investigate the case while trying not to let their emotions get the better of them and when the murderer (Sasha Alexander) is discovered and the motives of the crime are finally uncovered, it comes as a shock to everyone involved and Benson starts having mixed feelings about the nature of the crime committed.
4428"Hell's Kitchen"Monica RaymundRichard Sweren & Ryan CauseyNovember 8, 2018 (2018-11-08)20084.44[29]
The Special Victims Unit is called in after a woman (Genevieve Angelson) who works at a trendy popular restaurant is sexually assaulted at a VIP after-party. At first, the victim is reluctant to talk to the detectives, wanting to let it go, but they soon discover that there are more victims and that the rapist's assaults go way back to when the rapist was in high school. The detectives are soon led to an ADA (Jacob Pitts) who is a dedicated advocate for women’s rights, who might be holding secrets related to the case. Meanwhile, Benson becomes stressed as Noah’s defiant behavior continues.
4439"Mea Culpa"Mariska HargitayMichael Chernuchin & Julie MartinNovember 15, 2018 (2018-11-15)20094.00[30]
The Special Victims Unit are put into a difficult situation after Stone is accused of sexual assault by a woman (Alexandra Breckenridge), which forces the detectives to take sides and makes Benson question Stone's integrity and reputation due to the allegation, which Stone denies ever happened. Alongside that, they also take a complicated case to trial after a woman claims she was raped at a party by a man, who has a clever defense attorney. Meanwhile, Pollack makes a proposal to Rollins, which leaves her with mixed feelings about the whole thing suggested to her.
44410"Alta Kockers"Alex ChappleMichael ChernuchinNovember 29, 2018 (2018-11-29)20103.88[31]
When a young, promising transgender author is found murdered and physically assaulted, the Special Victims Unit is called in to investigate the case. The detectives are soon led to two elderly, reclusive brothers (Judd Hirsch and Wallace Shawn) who have both been harboring a terrible secret for several decades, which soon leads to a case of child sexual abuse suffered by both of the men in the past, which could change how the investigation goes when a decades old murder is uncovered. The case becomes extremely distressing for Rollins and Benson, who are both mothers, especially Rollins who is almost ready to give birth.
44511"Plastic"Fred BernerLawrence Kaplow & Brianna YellenJanuary 10, 2019 (2019-01-10)20113.99[32]
The Special Victims Unit is called in to investigate after a young woman is drugged and sexually assaulted. The woman claims she was raped by a famous celebrity surgeon (Mark Feuerstein) and his girlfriend (Alyssa Sutherland). The investigation soon reveals that there are many victims of the surgeon and his girlfriend and the sexual assault case soon turns into a murder case when a body is found where a sexual assault is taped. Things soon take a rather bizarre and shocking twist when the girlfriend of the surgeon’s former identity is discovered, changing how the case goes when she proves to be not who she claims to be.
44612"Dear Ben"Jean de SegonzacJulie Martin & Matt KlypkaJanuary 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)20124.24[33]
When a violent serial rapist who has not attacked in several years strikes again, the Special Victims Unit is called in to investigate the heinous crime. Through further investigation, Stone discovers that his father, Benjamin Stone, was investigating the case several years ago back when Stone was a boy. Meanwhile, Benson’s problems with Noah’s behavior continues and Stone gives Benson a helping hand to help her control Noah’s behavior, and finally gets to the root of the problem.
44713"A Story of More Woe"Ray McKinnonJulie Martin & Céline C. RobinsonJanuary 31, 2019 (2019-01-31)20134.60[34]
The Special Victims Unit is called in after a widowed father of two teenage girls is found murdered. The older daughter (Zoe Margaret Colletti) claims she murdered her father out of anger after he sexually assaulted her sister, but when custody of the sisters is suddenly handed over to their neighbor (Alex Kramer) who has a close relationship with the younger sister, the detectives become suspicious. Meanwhile, Rollins gives birth to a baby girl and breaks up with Pollack after he proposes marriage.
44814"Part 33"Alex ChappleMichael ChernuchinFebruary 7, 2019 (2019-02-07)20144.15[35]
Stone starts the court trial of a woman (Amy Rutberg) who murdered her husband, who was a police officer. The woman claims her husband was abusive to her, often raping, beating and intimidating her. The complicated case forces the Special Victims Unit to take sides and fight over what they think is right, particularly Rollins and Carisi, who have a heated argument with each other over their thoughts on the case. Meanwhile, the case brings back traumatic memories for Benson, who starts remembering her ordeal with William Lewis several years ago.
44915"Brothel"Michael PressmanJulie Martin & Ryan CauseyFebruary 14, 2019 (2019-02-14)20154.18[36]
When a prostitute working at a brothel is found dead in an alleyway, the Special Victims Unit is called in to investigate. They soon find themselves trying to figure out whether she was murdered or if she had a drug relapse, got depressed and killed herself. In order to solve the case, Tutuola teams up with a detective from Vice squad and his past to try and figure out what actually happened to the prostitute and also try and take down what could be a vicious sex trafficking ring which could involve someone the Special Victims Unit know.
45016"Facing Demons"Timothy BusfieldRichard Sweren & Allison IntrieriFebruary 21, 2019 (2019-02-21)20164.00[37]
The Special Victims Unit is called in after a young man who was molested as a child commits suicide and try to investigate who was his rapist. The detectives soon discover that the man was in the same little league team that former squad member and Benson’s ex Brian Cassidy was in. Remembering Cassidy telling him he was molested as a child by his little league coach, Stone visits Cassidy and asks for his help to catch what could be a serial child molester who has been molesting boys for decades.
45117"Missing"Constantine MakrisMichael Chernuchin & Matt KlypkaMarch 14, 2019 (2019-03-14)20174.11[38]
The Special Victims Unit are called in after a little girl is found in the trunk of an abandoned car. The girl says her kidnapper wore yellow the same color as Big Bird and the detectives discover that she was adopted by two gay men after a surrogacy arrangement. After interrogating many suspects, the detectives find the girls kidnapper but they also learn that her kidnapper may not be who he claims to be and uncover a years kept secret kept by his mother, who may not be as innocent as she says she is.
45218"Blackout"Chris MisianoPeter BlaunerMarch 21, 2019 (2019-03-21)20184.29[39]
While at a police charity ball, defense attorney Nikki Staines is drugged and sexually assaulted and the Special Victims Unit are called in to investigate what happened. When Staines states she believes her rapist was a police officer, the detectives soon uncover what could be a whole line of corrupt lawyers and officers, which not only affects how the already complicated case goes but also Staines’s reputation as a defense attorney and Benson’s reputation and career.
45319"Dearly Beloved"Lucy LiuRichard Sweren & Allison IntrieriApril 4, 2019 (2019-04-04)20193.93[40]
The Special Victims Unit are called in after a woman crashes a wedding claiming that the groom, a therapist, raped her. The detectives talk to several people, who claim that the woman has stalked them at times after sending inappropriate messages on Facebook and Instagram, which challenges the woman’s integrity. However, when it is discovered that the woman is pregnant with her alleged rapist's baby, the woman confides to Benson that she doesn’t know if she can have the baby due to being unable to love it and an upset Benson tells Rollins something that she overheard her mother say years ago.
45420"The Good Girl"Jean de SegonzacLawrence Kaplow & Brianna YellenApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)20203.94[41]
The Special Victims Unit are called in to investigate a complicated pregnancy case involving a thirteen year old girl. Benson works to try and find out who the baby’s father is, but getting the answer becomes complicated when the teenage girl is reluctant to expose the baby’s father. She refuses to speak to Benson and the Special Victims Unit, prompting Benson to believe that the baby’s father might be someone close to the teenage girl who may have taken advantage of her.
45521"Exchange"Michael PressmanMichael Chernuchin & Jordan BarskyApril 25, 2019 (2019-04-25)20213.63[42]
The Special Victims Unit are called in after a fifteen-year-old exchange student from Italy claims she was sexually assaulted by a cab driver. Just as the cab driver is caught and the detectives think that the case is over, shocking video footage of the victim having sex with two older men emerges, therefore launching a statutory rape case. Soon enough the Special Victims Unit uncovers disturbing secrets from the victim's past which could completely change how the case goes.
45622"Diss"Alex ChappleMichael Chernuchin & Allison IntrieriMay 2, 2019 (2019-05-02)20223.95[43]
When a pop star is assaulted in her own home, the Special Victims Unit are called in to investigate what happened. The detectives soon find out that the pop star’s husband had a heated public feud with another competing recording artist, which could easily have been the motive for the assault. Just as Tutuola gets deep into the case, it is discovered that his family ties to one of the suspects of the assault and as a result, Stone, who is taking the case seriously, orders Benson to take him off the case.
45723"Assumptions"Fred BernerTeleplay by : Julie Martin & Richard Sweren
Story by : Michael Chernuchin
May 9, 2019 (2019-05-09)20233.66[44]
A Muslim woman appears to be assaulted in a synagogue and two teenage boys are seen fleeing the scene, which prompts the Special Victims Unit to come in and investigate. The case quickly is confirmed as a hate crime and controversy quickly erupts. However, the case takes a shocking twist when it is discovered that the Muslim woman may not be telling the exact truth. Later in the episode it's revealed that the Muslim woman was raped by her ex-husband. He knew she was a lesbian and due to Sharia Law he believed she was still his wife. Meanwhile, Benson receives news that Rob Miller, who raped defense attorney Nikki Staines, has been released from prison on bail, leaving Benson shocked and dismayed.
45824"End Game"Alex ChappleMichael Chernuchin & Julie MartinMay 16, 2019 (2019-05-16)20243.58[45]
When the dead body of a teenage girl is found in the Hudson River, the Special Victims Unit are called in. Strongly suspecting Rob Miller, Benson and Stone vow to take down one of the most clever and powerful criminals the Special Victims Unit has ever faced by taking Miller to trial after he threatens and intimidates several people, including the detectives and his rape victim Nikki Staines. Meanwhile, Stone decides to leave the Special Victims Unit after finding himself unable to cope with the cases investigated by the precinct.

RatingsEdit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Man Up" September 27, 2018 1.1/4 5.09[23] 1.1 3.33 2.1 8.42[46]
2 "Man Down" September 27, 2018 1.1/4 5.09[23] 1.1 3.33 2.1 8.42[46]
3 "Zero Tolerance" October 4, 2018 1.0/4 4.21[24] 1.0 3.14 2.0 7.36[47]
4 "Revenge" October 11, 2018 0.9/4 4.44[25] 1.0 3.13 1.9 7.58[48]
5 "Accredo" October 18, 2018 1.0/5 3.95[26] 1.0 3.15 2.0 7.10[49]
6 "Exile" October 25, 2018 0.9/4 4.22[27] 0.9 3.08 1.8 7.30[50]
7 "Caretaker" November 1, 2018 0.9/4 4.62[28] 1.0 3.23 1.9 7.85[51]
8 "Hell's Kitchen" November 8, 2018 0.9/4 4.44[29] 0.9 3.05 1.8 7.49[52]
9 "Mea Culpa" November 15, 2018 0.8/3 4.00[30] 1.0 3.12 1.8 7.12[53]
10 "Alta Kockers" November 29, 2018 0.7/3 3.88[31] 0.9 3.43 1.7 7.32[54]
11 "Plastic" January 10, 2019 0.8/3 3.99[32] 1.0 3.32 1.8 7.32[55]
12 "Dear Ben" January 17, 2019 0.9/4 4.24[33] 0.9 3.44 1.8 7.68[56]
13 "A Story of More Woe" January 31, 2019 0.9/5 4.60[34] 1.0 3.37 1.9 7.96[57]
14 "Part 33" February 7, 2019 0.8/4 4.15[35] 0.9 3.43 1.7 7.59[58]
15 "Brothel" February 14, 2019 0.8/4 4.18[36] 1.0 3.32 1.8 7.51[59]
16 "Facing Demons" February 21, 2019 0.9/4 4.00[37] 1.0 3.39 1.9 7.40[60]
17 "Missing" March 14, 2019 0.7/4 4.11[38] 0.9 3.09 1.6 7.20[61]
18 "Blackout" March 21, 2019 0.8/4 4.29[39] 0.9 3.04 1.7 7.34[62]
19 "Dearly Beloved" April 4, 2019 0.8/4 3.93[40] 0.9 3.08 1.7 7.02[63]
20 "The Good Girl" April 11, 2019 0.7/4 3.94[41] 0.9 2.95 1.6 6.89[64]
21 "Exchange" April 25, 2019 0.7/4 3.63[42] 0.8 3.05 1.5 6.68[65]
22 "Diss" May 2, 2019 0.8/4 3.95[43] 0.9 3.04 1.6 6.99[66]
23 "Assumptions" May 9, 2019 0.7/4 3.66[44] 0.9 3.00 1.6 6.65[67]
24 "End Game" May 16, 2019 0.7/4 3.58[45] 0.9 3.17 1.6 6.75[68]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Petski, Andreeva, Denise, Nellie (March 29, 2019). "Philip Winchester Leaving 'Law & Order: SVU' Ahead Of Historic 21st Season". Archived from the original on March 29, 2019. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Roots, Kimberly (May 9, 2018). "SVU Renewed for Season 20 at NBC". TVLine. Archived from the original on July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  3. ^ ICE T [@FINALLEVEL] (July 16, 2018). "Back on the set...! Let's go! 💥#SVU Season 20" (Tweet). Retrieved July 23, 2018 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Martin [@JulieMartinSVU] (July 12, 2018). "#SVU20 #SoItBegins @Noochone @AlexChapple2 @Mariska" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Martin, Julie [@JulieMartinSVU] (August 14, 2018). "The return of Nikki Staines in "Revenge" a devious twist and turn edge-of-your-seater written by @Noochone and @lkaplow directed by Martha Mitchell" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Martin, Julie [@JulieMartinSVU] (August 13, 2018). "This scene will be in an upcoming episode in season 20 (re-shot, because @RyanBuggle is getting bigger every day) stay tuned" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Intrieri, Allison [@AllyIntrieri] (November 11, 2018). "Thursday's @nbcsvu is a powerful, bravely written ep by @Noochone @JulieMartinSVU. Directed by @Mariska who, no surprise, got the very best performances of every single actor on screen. Here's a preview" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Martin, Julie [@JulieMartinSVU] (December 3, 2018). "Yes #SVU20TwentyFour" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Carter, Matthew (March 1, 2019). "Law & Order: SVU season 20: Elementary alum directing April 4 episode". CarterMatt.com. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 22, 2019). "Warren Leight Returns To 'Law & Order: SVU' As Showrunner, Michael Chernuchin Joins 'FBI' As EP, Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV". Deadline. Archived from the original on April 23, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 13, 2018). "'Scandal's George Newbern Joins 'Law & Order: SVU' As Recurring". Deadline. Archived from the original on July 13, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Nemetz, Dave (July 17, 2018). "Law & Order: SVU Taps Dylan Walsh for Season 20 Recurring Role". TV Line. Archived from the original on July 18, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Carter, Matthew (August 10, 2018). "Law & Order: SVU season 20: Carl Weathers to reprise Chicago Justice character". Matt Carter Media. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  14. ^ Porter, Rick (August 16, 2018). "'Law & Order: SVU' Puts Sandrine Holt on the Case". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  15. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica (September 27, 2018). "The Originals star Sebastian Roché to appear on Law & Order: SVU". Entertainemnt Weekly. Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  16. ^ Carter, Matt (October 13, 2018). "Law & Order: SVU season 20 episode 7: Sasha Alexander to appear". Matt Carter Media. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  17. ^ Martin, Julie [@JulieMartinSVU] (January 14, 2019). "Brian Cassidy @thedeanwinters returns in February" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Mitovich, Matt (January 22, 2019). "Blue Bloods Vet Jennifer Esposito Returns to NYPD With SVU Role". TVLine. Archived from the original on January 27, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  19. ^ "Single Parents' Casts Adam Brody as Leighton Meester's Ex-Husband". TV Line. February 27, 2019. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  20. ^ Martin, Julie [@JulieMartinSVU] (March 26, 2019). "Not a two-parter. But Rob Miller @welliver_titus will return for both episodes..." (Tweet). Retrieved April 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Carter, Matt (March 25, 2019). "Law & Order: SVU season 20 spoilers: Snoop Dogg to guest star". Matt Carter Media. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  22. ^ Roffman, Marisa (March 29, 2019). "LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT Books Orlando Jones, Snoop Dogg, Amber Stevens West, and L. Scott Caldwell". Give Me My Remote. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  23. ^ a b c d Welch, Alex (September 28, 2018). "'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Big Bang Theory,' and 'Thursday Night Football' adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 29, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  24. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 5, 2018). "'Thursday Night Football' adjusts up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 6, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  25. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 12, 2018). "'Big Bang Theory' and 'Thursday Night Football' adjust up, 'I Feel Bad' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 13, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  26. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 19, 2018). "'Big Bang Theory,' 'Superstore,' and 'Thursday Night Football' adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  27. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 26, 2018). "'Big Bang Theory,' 'Supernatural,' and 'Thursday Night Football' adjust up, 'Will & Grace' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  28. ^ a b Welch, Alex (November 2, 2018). "'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Superstore,' and more adjust up, 'I Feel Bad' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  29. ^ a b Welch, Alex (November 9, 2018). "'Thursday Night Football' adjusts up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  30. ^ a b Welch, Alex (November 16, 2018). "'Thursday Night Football' adjusts up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 17, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  31. ^ a b Welch, Alex (December 3, 2018). "'SWAT' and 'Thursday Night Football' adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 4, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  32. ^ a b Welch, Alex (January 11, 2019). "'Mom' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on January 12, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  33. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (January 18, 2019). "'Mom' and 'Fam' adjust down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on January 19, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  34. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (February 1, 2019). "'Young Sheldon' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on February 2, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  35. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (February 8, 2019). "'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' all others unchanged: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  36. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (February 15, 2019). "'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Mom,' 'S.W.A.T.,' all others unchanged: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  37. ^ a b Welch, Alex (February 25, 2019). "'S.W.A.T.' and 'The Orville' adjust up, 'Young Sheldon' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  38. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (March 15, 2019). "'Brooklyn Nine Nine,' 'Superstore,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and others adjust down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  39. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (March 22, 2019). "'Brooklyn Nine Nine' and NCAA adjust down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  40. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (April 5, 2019). "'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Young Sheldon' adjust up, 'For the People' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on April 5, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  41. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (April 12, 2019). "'Gotham' repeat adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  42. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (April 26, 2019). "'The Big Bang Theory' adjusts up, NFL Draft adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on April 26, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  43. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (May 3, 2019). "'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Young Sheldon' adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 3, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  44. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (May 10, 2019). "'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Big Bang Theory' adjust up, 'In the Dark' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 10, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  45. ^ a b Rejent, Joseph (May 17, 2019). "'Paradise Hotel,' 'The Big Bang Theory' finale adjust up, 'Young Sheldon' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  46. ^ a b Pucci, Douglas (October 10, 2018). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Manifest' is Most-Watched NBC Drama Series Premiere in 19 Years". Programming Insider. Archived from the original on October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  47. ^ Welch, Alex (18 October 2018). "'A Million Little Things' and 'Manifest' score biggest viewer gains in broadcast Live +7 ratings for Oct. 1-7". Zap2It.com. Archived from the original on 18 October 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  48. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 23, 2018). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Oct. 8: 'Manifest' Doubles In Week 3". Variety.com. Archived from the original on October 24, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  49. ^ "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'The Rookie' Debut on ABC Ranks in Top Ten for Raw Viewer Gains". 30 October 2018. Archived from the original on 26 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  50. ^ "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'D.C.'s Legends of Tomorrow' Season Premiere Ranks Third in Adults 18-49 Percentage Gains". 6 November 2018. Archived from the original on 7 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  51. ^ "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: ABC Drama 'A Million Little Things' Leads in Adults 18-49 Percentage Gains for the Second Time This Season". 13 November 2018. Archived from the original on 26 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  52. ^ "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Manifest' on NBC Leads All Gains for the Week". 21 November 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  53. ^ "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'The Rookie' on ABC Tops Viewer Percentage Gains for Broadcast Network Telecasts". 28 November 2018. Archived from the original on 29 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  54. ^ Pucci, Douglas (December 11, 2018). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' Earns More Gains Than 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'". Programming Inside. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  55. ^ Pucci, Douglas (January 22, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Schooled' Series Premiere Edges Past 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' NBC Debut in Raw Adults 18-49 Gains". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on February 4, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  56. ^ Pucci, Douglas (February 1, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'A Million Little Things' Just One Percent Shy of Season-High Among Adults 18-49 in its Thursday Debut". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on February 6, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  57. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 19, 2019). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Jan. 28: Super Bowl LIII Clobbers Competition". Variety.com. Archived from the original on February 20, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  58. ^ Pucci, Douglas (February 20, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Manifest' Tops All Telecasts in Adults 18-49 Percentage Gains". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on February 25, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  59. ^ Pucci, Douglas (February 26, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'The Rookie' Leads in Overall Percentage Gains". Programming Inside. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  60. ^ Pucci, Douglas (March 5, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Survivor' Spring Premiere of 'Edge of Extinction' Makes Slightly Larger Time-Shifted Jump Than its Fall 'David vs. Goliath' Premiere". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  61. ^ Pucci, Douglas (March 26, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'The Passage' on Fox Concludes its Season with Modest Gains". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  62. ^ Pucci, Douglas (April 2, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'The Orville' on Fox Leads Broadcast Network Telecasts in Percentage Gains Among Adults 18-49". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on April 3, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  63. ^ Pucci, Douglas (April 16, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'This Is Us' Third Season Finale on NBC Tops All Telecasts in Overall Raw Gains". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on April 17, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  64. ^ Pucci, Douglas (April 23, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: Hospital Dramas 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'New Amsterdam' Lead Respective Raw Demo and Viewer Gains Categories". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  65. ^ Pucci, Douglas (May 8, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Jane the Virgin' and 'Whiskey Cavalier' Each More Than Double Their Respective Same-Day Demos and Viewers". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on May 8, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  66. ^ Pucci, Douglas (May 15, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Leads Broadcast Networks in Raw Gains Among Adults 18-49 for Third Consecutive Week". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  67. ^ Pucci, Douglas (May 22, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Whiskey Cavalier' Leads in Percentage Gains with Viewers and Demos". Programming Inside. Archived from the original on May 24, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  68. ^ Pucci, Douglas (May 29, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Series Finale Gains Most Total Viewers for Any Telecast in Six Months". Programming Inside. Retrieved August 21, 2019.