‘Law & Order: CI’ Sold to Strip Syndication

Oct 26, 2006  •  Post A Comment

In a landmark syndication deal, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold Dick Wolf’s drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” to the nation’s top markets for Monday-through-Friday airings.

The show has been sold to Fox owned-and-operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other markets for a fall 2007 debut.

The deal marks the first time a broadcast crime drama has been sold to strip syndication since “21 Jump Street” 14 years ago. The last broadcast drama sold to weekday syndication was “7th Heaven” in 2001.

“This marks the first time in more than a decade that local broadcast stations will be able to offer their viewers and advertisers a top-tier off-network crime drama on a Monday-through-Friday basis,” says Sean O’Boyle, senior VP and general sales manager of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. “‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ is a proven network hit and a procedural drama that continues the great tradition of the ‘Law & Order’ brand.”

“Criminal Intent” is in its sixth season on NBC, with off-net runs on USA and Bravo. The previous week’s episode has run on Sunday night on USA since the show’s launch in 2001. Since last year, USA has televised the series as a weekday strip. Bravo runs the show weekly on Sundays.