Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Ratings: NBC “Law & Order” Return Wins the Night, With Classic, SVU 25th Anniversay Scoring Big Time, “Organized Crime” Falls Off


The NBC Thursday “Law & Order” return was a big hit.

Last night, classic “L&O,” “SVU,” and “Organized Crime” returned for the first time since last spring.

NBC won the whole night with an average of 4.8 million viewers. The number would have been higher but “Organized Crime” fell off and pulled the other two shows down.

Classic “L&O” pulled in 5.1 million fans at 8pm with a controversial episode ripped from the headlines about Palestinians and Jews in New York.

“SVU” followed at 9pm with 5.5 million in the first of a two parter for their 25th anniversary. The cliffhanger will conclude next week. Kelli Giddish returned as Det. Amanda Rollins as a guest star but not to full time status. I gave the show some press because I thought she was back after her being laid off last year. I wonder if the high number came from fans hoping she was back, too. We’ll see how the season proceeds.

“Organized Crime” is the problem. Their 10pm number dropped to 4 million, and then to 3.6 million at 10:30pm. NBC only ordered a half season, so that’s what we’ll see. But after that? This may be the end for this spin off.

NBC benefited from the other networks still being in reruns, but that will change soon.

Roger Friedman
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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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