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"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"
01/22/2014 (09:00PM - 10:01PM) (Wednesday) : A TEENAGED RAPE VICTIM LEADS THE SVU TO AN FBI SEX TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION AND CORRUPTION ACROSS STATE LINES. ALANA DE LA GARZA GUEST STARS.
The SVU teams up with federal prosecutor Connie Rubirosa (de la Garza) after an underage runaway is found raped and beaten under the Highline. The sex trafficking investigation leads to New Jersey strip club owner Perry Cannavaro (guest star Chaz Palminteri), who does all he can to keep the victim out of the SVU's jurisdiction. When ADA Barba (Ra�l Esparza) fails to get the help he needs from Jersey law enforcement, he suspects a cover-up involving some high ranking court officials. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Sargent Olivia Benson), Ice T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins). Also guest starring Stefanie Scott (Clare Wilson), Dayton Callie (Judge Dolan) and Bill Sage (Bobby Masconi).
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ADDITIONAL NOTES: renewed through the 2015-16 season (the show's 17th) on 2/5/15
DESCRIPTION: (from NBC's press release, February 2015) NBC has announced it's renewing dramas "The Blacklist" (season 3), "Chicago Fire" (season 4), "Chicago P.D." (season 3), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (season 17) and "Grimm" (season 5) for the 2015-16 season. The longest-running drama on television set to enter its 17th season in the fall, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is averaging a 2.5 rating, 7 share in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers. That matches the show's highest 18-49 rating at this point in the season in four years (since earning a 2.8 in 2010-11). In total viewers, "Law & Order: SVU" is up +10% this season versus last (9.5 million vs. 8.7 million), and is delivering its biggest overall audience at this point in the season in six years (since averaging 10.5 million in 2008-09). Also from Universal Television and Wolf Films, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. The series stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mariska Hargitay as Sgt, Olivia Benson, acting commander of the SVU. Also starring are Ice-T, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Raúl Esparza and Peter Scanavino.