NBC axes Law & Order: Los Angeles

Law and Order: Los AngelesNBC has cancelled the Law & Order: Los Angeles after just one season.

As we reported Monday the newest Law & Order entry in the struggling franchise was predicted by some to be axed due to low ratings. The spin-off, the first in America to be set outside of New York, recently returned from an extended hiatus in which a “creative revamp” took part to boost the shows fortunes.  As part of the revamp of Los Angeles actors Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall and Megan Boone were written out with Terrence Howard made a regular on the show and Alana la Garza brought in to reprise her role from parent series Law & Order. A crossover with fellow spin-off Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was also devised to help boost its ratings and profile.

However, the revamp did not work as ratings dropped below 6 million viewers – much lower than the first batch of Los Angeles episodes. Some will see the cancellation of the spin-off as further evidence the franchise is losing its magic. Parent show Law & Order was cancelled last year while fellow spin-off Criminal Intent is back for one final season. There were rumours that NBC were considering cancelling Los Angeles to revive Law & Order for a shortened final season but as yet there’s no official word on that.