Sunday, May 19, 2024

Thursday Ratings: CBS’s “Ghosts” Now Unexpected Powerhouse, “SVU” Picks Up Slack from “Grey’s” Absence


Thursday night ratings:

CBS’s “Ghosts” is the story. A not great sitcom that has somehow picked up steam at 9pm off the success of viewers tuned into “Young Sheldon” at 8pm. Those viewers dip with “United States of Al” at 8:30pm– one of those shows you can’t believe is on TV– and they come roaring back at 9pm. Go figure.

Last night, “Young Sheldon” scored a 7.7 million, “Al” dropped down to 5.5, and then “Ghosts” came back with 6.5 million. Compare those numbers to ABC’s wan comedy group on Wednesday nights, where 3 million is the average.

Among scripted dramas, “SVU” is the king. The “Law & Order” show benefited last night also from the absence of competitor “Grey’s Anatomy.” The latter show was on hiatus for COVID, which is ironic since last year all they did in the show was battle COVID. (I guess the hospital setting isn’t real after all.) “SVU did a very nice 4.2 million last night with a .66 in the key demo. This is why they’ll get to Season 25 no problem.

NBC, stuck because of the “Manifest” debacle, doesn’t know what to do at 8pm, so they run “Blacklist,” also a show only watched by pets and coma patients. Remember the days when you’d get at least two good comedies at 8pm-9pm on NBC Thursdays?

No one at Dick Wolf or NBC seems to get that “SVU” success doesn’t translate into “Organized Crime” numbers. The second show dropped by a million viewers at 10pm. “Organized Crime” is impenetrable. Chris Meloni is fine, but there’s no show, just a lot of whining about Stabler’s dead wife, and Dylan McDermott as Sinatra Jr. If they would just develop a “Law & Order” show out of it, the numbers might rise.

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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