USA Network has booked another 16 segs of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” which has shifted its production home base from Universal Media Studios to the newly created NBC U Cable Studio headed by USA/Sci Fi Channel boss Bonnie Hammer.
Second spinoff of Dick Wolf‘s “Law & Order” franchise moved to USA last year after six seasons on NBC; USA had already carried repeats of “Criminal Intent” from its run on the Peacock.
USA and U Media Studios are in the midst of hammering out new deals with “Criminal Intent” principal cast members — including Vincent D’Onofrio, and Chris Noth for the eighth season.
Cabler opted to break up the show’s seventh season into two parts, with 10 segs running on Thursdays last fall and a fresh batch set to debut next month. The firstrun “Criminal Intent” segs performed well for USA in the fall, averaging about 4.1 million viewers and about 2 million adults 18-49.