It’s official: NBC is doing a crossover stunt across three different crime dramas: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU. The unusual three-way crossover will have characters from NBC’s Dick Wolf-produced fall procedurals interacting across three epiosdes next month.
Word of the crossover had been making the rounds, but the network officially announced the plan and the event’s premiere date today — Nov. 11-12. NBC staged a crossover between Fire and P.D. last season, but this time is letting SVU in on the action. “We wanted to figure out a way to create a crime that connects all three shows,” Wolf said in a statement. “Warren Leight [SVU showrunner] and Matt Olmstead [Chicago Fire/P.D.] showrunner and I came up with a story that was big and unique enough to transit to all three.”
One of the bright spots in the ratings during broadcast’s big season premiere push last week was NBC’s Chicago franchise, which saw impressive numbers for both Chicago Fire and its P.D. spin-off in the tough 10 p.m. hour. Chicago Fire had averaging a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers to match its second-highest rating ever; Law & Order: SVU had 2.2 and 10.1 million, making it the show’s most-watched season premiere since 2007, yet the drama fell in the adult demo vs. last year. Chicago P.D. had a 1.9 and 8.5 million viewers overall.