Thursday, June 20, 2024

Thursday TV: “Organized Crime” Beats “Rebel,” “Grey’s” Stays Low, “Al” Benefits from “Sheldon”


Thursday night is hot again in the ratings world.

Last night Chris Meloni’s “Organized Crime” buried Katy Sagal’s “Rebel” at 10pm. The “Law & Order SVU” spin off didn’t do nearly as well as it did in its premiere last week, falling by about 3 million viewers to 4.7 million.

At 9pm, “SVU” also did just over 4.7 million, narrowly beating “Grey’s Anatomy.” These two old warhorse shows have been on the air since Goldwater ran for president, so it’s impressive that people are still coming back week after week.

But “SVU” is up, and “Grey’s” is down. And yes, Meredith is still in a coma, although not on the beach on “Gray’s.” Maybe Ellen Pompeo is leaving after she wakes up. Meredith isn’t really essential to the show at this point. I guess this was the idea.

The big winner as usual for Thursday night was “Young Sheldon.” Annie Potts is only 68, but they’ve turned her into an 80 year old. It’s like when Estelle Getty played the old lady on “Golden Girls.” “Sheldon” won the night with 6.6 million viewers. Because of Sheldon, that “United State of Al” show at 8:30 scored over 5 million people who stuck around. Amazing. You know, you can change the channel, or read a book, folks.

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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