Monday, June 17, 2024

Thursday Ratings: Chris Meloni’s “Organized Crime” Is Weak Link in “Law & Order” Chain, 1 Million Behind SVU


Thursday night ratings: Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order” night is back to normal after the big three way opening last week. But Chris Meloni’s “Organized Crime” remains an issue. At 10pm, the spin off show dropped 1 million viewers from the 9pm “SVU” with just 3.51 million fans.

“SVU” took in 4.51 million and built on the 8pm “L&O” Classic with a strong 4.33 million. “OC” is simply not pulling its weight. The show’s structural problems are continuing even with a new showrunner and a changed direction. Some ingredient is missing there.

Over on CBS, “Young Sheldon” continues to kill with 6.6 million viewers. “Ghosts” was right behind it at 8:30 with 6.1 million. You know, as someone pointed out to me, Sheldon is no longer young. Iain Armitage is 14 by now and growing. This is the sixth season. He’ll be turning into Jim Parsons soon. They may get just one more season out of this blockbuster. Maybe the next series can be “Old Sheldon.”

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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