" Law & Order" will be back in its familiar Wednesday-night home in a couple of weeks as NBC looks to shore up its schedule on that night.
The venerable crime drama, which had been scheduled to begin its 19th season in early 2009, will have its season premiere at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday, Nov. 5. NBC is also moving " Life" to Wednesdays, where it will be sandwiched between "Knight Rider" and "Law & Order," and is shipping the struggling " Lipstick Jungle" to Friday nights.
"These moves will play to the shows' mutual strengths and will help us to reinforce our lineup," NBC co-chairmen Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff say in a statement. "A Wednesday night with wall-to-wall satisfying mysteries and great dramas -- paced by the return of the original 'Law & Order' to its home on Wednesdays - will provide creative continuity that night."
The network also says it will hold off on the premiere of its reality series "Momma's Boys" until Dec. 16, following the finale of " The Biggest Loser: Families." The new start date is the third for the Ryan Seacrest-produced dating show, which was initially set to premiere Oct. 29, then was moved to Nov. 12.
"Momma's Boys" will move one more time after its premiere, settling into its regular 9 p.m. Monday timeslot on Dec. 22, where it will give "Heroes" a break for a few weeks.
Both "Life" and "Lipstick Jungle" have scuffled in the ratings this season; each show is averaging about 6 million viewers per week. "Law & Order" averaged 10.8 million viewers in the timeslot last season.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times