Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“SVU” Wipes the Floor with Ellen Pompeo’s “Greys” Exit by More than A Million Viewers, NBC Wins Night


The long, long, long drawn out exit of Ellen Pompeo from ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” did ok but not great in fast overnight ratings from last night.

“Law & Order SVU” beat it handily, by about a million viewers. NBC and Dick Wolf won the night, too.

What’s really weird is that “Station 19,” the “Greys” spin off at 8pm, beat “Greys” slightly in total viewers.

I think fans have had enough of Pompeo and the revolving door at “Greys.” It’s had a negative effect.

Meantime, beloved Mariska Hargitay directed last night’s “SVU” in which she referenced her late mom, 60s star Jayne Mansfield. “SVU” has a devoted audience, and they wouldn’t have missed Hargitay in charge.

“SVU” did 4.89 million, “Greys”: only 3.46 million. CBS was in a rerun night because, I don’t know, we’re still in sweeps?

And get this: also beating “Greys” in total viewers last night was NBC’s finally-growing “Organized Crime.” Thanks to “SVU” and crossovers, “OG” is at last hitting its stride.

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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