'SVU' picked up in syndication

Will begin airing on Fox stations in 2009

Top-rated "Law & Order" spinoff "SVU" has been sold into syndication to Fox-owned stations and will begin airing as a weekday strip in fall 2009.

The Dick Wolf series has sold in 18 of the top 20 markets. In addition to Fox-owned stations, "SVU" has sold to stations owned by CBS, Sinclair, Sunbeam, Belo, Hearst, Granite, Capitol, Local TV and others.

" 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' continues to be one of the highest-rated primetime dramas on TV, and it's a bona fide hit in weekend broadcast syndication this season," said Barry Wallach, president of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. " 'SVU' is a successful brand with both viewers and advertisers alike and it will undoubtedly make for a great Monday-through-Friday series for local broadcasters starting in 2009."

"SVU" is the second-highest-rated network crime drama after CBS' "CSI." The series also debuted this season in weekend syndication and improved its time periods.