Monday, June 17, 2024

Thursday Ratings: “SVU” Basically Tied with “Grey’s,” “Big Sky” Still the Show No One Watches


“Big Sky” remains the show no one will watch no matter how much ABC invests in it.

The ABC drama, part “Twin Peaks,” part “Lost,” had just 2.4 million viewers on Tbursday night, down 13% from its last outing on November 18th. “Big Sky” was not a big hit last year, but ABC owns it so they keep flogging it hoping someone will watch.

For some reason, the touted star– Ryan Phillippe — was dumped after the first episode. Then they let John Carroll Lynch’s character become a psycho, and they killed him. This season, they revived him but it was too late. If they’d kept Phillippe they might have had a chance. Since he left there are two female leads, and they’re not very compelling.

Season 2 started with just 3.1 million viewers and has gone downhill subsequently. “Big Sky” was beaten soundly on Thursday night by Chris Meloni: “Law & Order” aka “Organized Crime.” Earlier, “Law & Order: SVU” basically tied “Grey’s Anatomy.” Of the two “SVU” is the far better show, moving forward with stories, while “Grey’s” keeps mining its past hoping it will trigger viewer nostalgia.

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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