Thursday, May 23, 2024

“Law & Order SVU” Scores HUGE 500K in Key Ratings, as Maddie Flynn Kidnap Story Ends


“LAaw & Order SVU” is booming in its 25th season.

Last night the venerable police show won the night in ratings for a drama with 4.78 million viewers. (Only the CBS comedy hour at 8pm did better.)

“SVU” also saw its key demo numbers jump a whopping 51.52 percent, to 500,000 viewers. That alone is reason for celebration.

“SVU” handily beat CBS’s “So Help Me Todd,” a strong show that the Tiffany network cancelled today. (Bad decision. A perfect Sunday night show in the old days.)

“SVU”s success happened because this was the 6th and final episode in a continuing story about kidnapped kid Maddie Flynn. The whole season has revolved around Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) witnessing Maddie getting taken and then finally returning her to her parents. Last night was the trial of her abuser.

The “SVU” ratings helped increase “Organized Crime” at 10pm by 22%, but the Chris Meloni “Law & Order” still lost to CBS’s “Elsbeth.” The Meloni show is either going to get cancelled or moved to Peacock. It has never found any traction. Unlike “SVU,” “Organized Crime” has no central idea and no supporting characters of any interest/

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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