Thursday TV Ratings: ‘SVU’ & ‘Organized Crime’ Crossover Dominates the Night
Christopher Meloni’s return as Elliot Stabler to Law & Order: SVU wasn’t just good for the story — and fans eager to see him and Mariska Hargitay (who plays Olivia Benson) together again. It was also good for NBC.
First, SVU topped the night, with a 1.6 rating in the key demo among adults 18-49 (a high in almost three years) and 7.6 million viewers (also a high, in four and a half years). To compare, the last new SVU episode (on February 25) had a 0.6 rating and was watched by 3.7 million.
Then, at 10/9c, Stabler’s spinoff Organized Crime, which came in second for the night, premiered at the second half of the crossover with spectacular numbers: a 1.5 rating and 7.6 million viewers.
As for the rest of the night, Grey’s Anatomy, despite the highly-promoted return of Chyler Leigh’s Lexie Grey, was down from last week opposite SVU at 9/8c. Also opposite a Law & Order, at 10/9c, Clarice and A Million Little Things were down from their last new episodes.
And Manifest returned for its third season (at 8/7c) with a 0.6 rating in the key demo and 3.8 million viewers. That’s down from its Season 2 finale (0.7 rating and 4.4 million viewers), which aired on a Monday at 10/9c.
Here’s the breakdown for Thursday, April 1, 2021 (numbers are fast-affiliate based):
|Time||Show||Adults 18-49 Rating||Total Viewers (millions)|
|8 p.m.||Station 19 (ABC)||0.7||4.5|
|Young Sheldon (CBS)||0.6||6.4|
|Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)||0.7||2.5|
|Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW)||0.1||758,000|
|8:30 p.m.||United States of Al (CBS)||0.5||5.1|
|9 p.m.||Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)||0.8||4.1|
|Law & Order: SVU (NBC)||1.6||7.6|
|The Moodys (Fox)||0.3||1.1|
|Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW)||0.1||602,000|
|9:30 p.m.||Bob Positive (CBS)||0.4||3.7|
|The Moodys (Fox)||0.2||949,000|
|10 p.m.||A Million Little Things (ABC)||0.4||2.6|
|Law & Order: Organized Crime (NBC)||1.5||7.6|