Thursday, May 30, 2024

Thursday Ratings: NBC Trounces CBS with “Law & Order” Block Over “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19”


NBC may not have hit comedies but they have outplayed ABC with Dick Wolf shows.

Last night, “Law & Order SVU” crunched “Grey’s Anatomy” handily. “SVU” brought in 4.53 million, widening the gap over “Grey’s Anatomy.” The Shondaland veteran had 1 million fewer eyes.

The difference between “SVU” and “Grey’s” is easy to see: the former stays fresh while the latter has collapsed under the weight of fan favorites being dismissed to make room for Ellen Pompeo’s salary and ego.

“SVU” is now the linchpin in a Thursday night that beats ABC right through the night. The revived “L&O” at 8pm takes “Station 19” and it’s brand new. At 10pm, “Organized Crime” is improving. But it doesn’t take much to beat “Blue Big Sky,” a show no one watches while awake. (I couldn’t even remember its actual name.)

CBS had no new shows last night because of March Madness. But the real madness must be at Shondaland where they’re probably wracking their brains trying to figure out if Patrick Dempsey can come back as his twin brother.

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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