Monday, June 17, 2024

Thursday Ratings: “Law & Order SVU” Handily Beats “Grey’s Anatomy,” Mothership Ties “Station 19”


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.

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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