Monday, April 22, 2024

Thursday Ratings: “Law & Order SVU” Trounces “Grey’s,” “Organized Crime” Loses 30% of Lead In


I told you this week that “Law & Order Organized Crime” is having serious problems.

Last night the Chris Meloni procedural lost 30% of its lead in from “SVU” when it came on at 10pm. “SVU” had 4.3 million viewers. “OC” had just 3 million.

“SVU” beat its main competition, “Grey’s Anatomy,” handily, too. “Grey’s” is way under 4 million at this point. So many cast members have left, to be replaced by cheaper newcomers, that “Grey’s” has shaken off its audience bit by bit.

The returned classic “Law & Order” notched just over 4 million viewers and tied or did a bit better than CBS’s “Bull,” which is closing up shop soon.

But the “SVU”- “OC” problem persists. The latter show is going to be overhauled for the fall. First, however, they have to get through the end of this season. NBC PR sent Meloni onto “The View” this week all cleaned up and looking like the Elliot Stabler of old. That was good for him, but the show is unwatchable.

To that end, as I told you a few days ago, “OC” will feature Dann Florek, superstar of the “SVU” alumna, in a special May episode. They’re trying to reconnect Stabler to his former world.

Here’s a little exclusive: according to insiders, we will never ever see a standalone “OC” at 10pm without a new “SVU” preceding it. “OC” cannot survive on its own. So the two shows have to be in lockstep production-wise.

More to come…

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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