Neal Baer is out as showrunner of “Law & Order: SVU” after more than a decade with the show, and Warren Leight, former showrunner of “Lights Out,” will take over the job, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Leight got his start as a TV writer on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” so he’s no stranger to the franchise, the story points out. But “SVU” is in limbo at the moment, waiting for word on whether it is coming back for a 13th season. Meanwhile, stars Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni remained unsigned.
Since leaving “L&O” as showrunner in 2008, Leight has run “In Treatment” at HBO and then “Lights Out” at FX.
“SVU” continues to be a solid ratings performer for NBC, although its numbers have diminished significantly from its peak years. It has been averaging 8.7 million total viewers in its 12th season, the story reports. That’s down from a little less than 17 million in its second season.