Sunday, July 21, 2024

Thursday Overnight Ratings: ABC Narrowly Beats NBC, “SVU” Takes “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Organized Crime” in Trouble


The biggest take away from Thursday ratings is that “Law & Order Organized Crime” is in trouble.

Never a ratings success on its own, “OG” fell below 3 million viewers to just 2.89 mil last night. It still beat “Blue Sky” on ABC, but you and I could do that with a puppet show. “OG” has gotten a new showrunner and hopefully it will revive itself with better story telling and characters — and a mission. But right now, Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler is needs actual stabilizing.

Lucky for Meloni, NBC is betting on the full Thursday night “Law & Order” schedule. “SVU” last night beat “Grey’s Anatomy” by a nose, which kept NBC competitive.  They have a rock solid following at “SVU” and don’t play crazy chess games with their characters and actors a la “Grey’s.” But the new “L&O” classic revival and “OG” each need to rev it up. ABC beat NBC slightly for the evening.

Both ABC and NBC were lucky CBS’s “Ghosts” was off and “Young Sheldon” was in rerun mode. Don’t worry, they’ll be back.


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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