Sunday, May 26, 2024

UPDATE: “Law & Order SVU” Benson-Stabler Cross Over Ratings Better than Expected, Re-run Tonight on NBC


Thursday night’s ratings for the “Law & Order SVU” cross over were even better when they were all counted.

“SVU” actually reaped just over 8 million viewers. “Organized Crime” hit a 7.8 million.

The return of Chris Meloni to the “Law & Order” fold was such a huge hit that the shows will be repeated tonight on NBC.

Of course, the question now, is what next? They killed off Benson’s wife and doubled down on the long-simmering unconsummated romance between Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Meloni). If these two ever hook up they’ll be grandparents!

A number of viewers commented on the possible issues set up with the “Organized Crime” pilot. It seemed built for a movie not a TV series, with Stabler on a mission to avenge the death of his wife. Dylan McDermott seems like he’s playing Stabler’s nemesis in a long term arc. That’s not exactly how “Law & Order” has proceeded in the past. Instead of a continuing plot, the shows are usually self-contained with occasional references to old stories. We’ll see how this plays out.

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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