Russian 'SVU' rates high in series debut


A new Russian version of "Law & Order: SVU" premiered in primetime this week on Russia's NTV network, marking the first scripted procedural format of a U.S. series to air overseas. The premiere Monday scored a 20.5 share/8.1 rating, making the series No. 1 in its time slot and winning the night overall. A second original episode aired Tuesday, scoring a 23.2/8.9, also winning its time slot and the night. The Russian version is a co-production of Russian production company 2V and Global American Television. The deal was announced about a year ago by NBC Universal International Television Distribution, Wolf Films and NTV. A French version of "Law & Order: CI" is scheduled to premiere this year on France's TF1.