Home Television Thursday Ratings: “Law & Order SVU” Handily Beats “Grey’s Anatomy,” Mothership Ties...

Bringing back “Law & Order” was a pretty good idea for NBC. The second week return of the mothership show did very well Thursday night, basically tying “Station 19” on ABC.

Yes, “Law & Order” is a 9pm show, it’s a little jarring at 8pm. But the new cast is excellent. Hugh Dancy is hiding his lovely British accent and doing a swell job as the new ADA. Anthony Anderson and of, course, Sam Waterston, are all on point. It’s nice to see the “L&O” original formula back. They had to do this when “For the Defense” never materialized. It all worked out.

“SVU” then beat “Grey’s Anatomy” handily, 4.37 million to 3.8 million. Chris Meloni’s “Organized Crime” beat ABC’s “Blue Sky” also. “SVU” was better than ever last night with a very creepy performance by Jake Weber and a guest appearance from Peter Hermann. Kelli Giddish’s Rollins was right on top of the whole situation.

But CBS won the night using bookend comedies, “Young Sheldon” and “Ghosts” to knock out the competition. The two comedies in between, “B Positive” and “United States of Al” were also on. “Bull” followed at 10pm on its last legs.

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