Thursday, May 23, 2024

Thursday TV Battles: Huge Numbers for “Law & Order” Stabler-Benson Crossover Reunion Crushes “Greys Anatomy”


The “Law & Order SVU” reunion cross over CRUSHED everything last night. The Stabler-Benson pairing, the new “Organized Crime” took out “Grey’s Anatomy” and everything on TV.

A whopping 7.5 million — twice the “SVU” regular audience– tuned in for the two hour special.

“Grey’s” did around 4.0 million as Meredith finally got off the beach and started breathing on her own. Ellen Pompeo may have signed a new contract!

“Grey’s” almost fell below 4 million, hitting an all time low and about to sink into a situation that suggests they are wrapping up. It’s been a disaster of a season.

Meanwhile “SVU” in the first hour did 7.6 million, followed by “OG” with 7.55. NBC and Dick Wolf got their big bang. They spent some money on the second hour, too, with Chazz Palminteri as the bad guy, and Dylan McDermott as his son. Meloni is going to have a Renaissance now, and “SVU” could make it to season 25. Nicely done!

Also for the first time in a few years, New York has two “L&O” shows shooting in the city. It’s great for actors, production, everyone. (As long as they don’t shoot in my neighborhood!)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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