Ratings: Christopher Meloni’s ‘SVU’ Comeback Scores 7.6 Million Viewers

“Law & Order: Organized Crime” debut draws more of a mob than the “United States of Al” series premiere

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — "Return of the Prodigal Son" Episode 22007 — Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Christopher Meloni’s return to “SVU” generated 7.6 million total viewers, and NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime” debut sent CBS’ “United States of Al” packing in Thursday’s battle of series premieres. “Law & Order: SVU” and “Organized Crime” both attracted 7.6 million total viewers last night. At 9 p.m., “SVU” scored a 1.6 rating/10 share among adults 18-49. The 10 o’clock “Law & Order: Organized Crime” launch earned a 1.5 rating/11 share. Chuck Lorre’s “Al” brought together more than 5 million total viewers. Elsewhere, “The Moodys” numbers are not going to put Fox executives in a good mood. NBC easily topped primetime last night. CBS, which finished second in total viewers, was fourth among the English-language broadcast networks in the key ratings demo.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “Manifest” season premiere at 8 p.m. landed a 0.6/4 and 3.8 million total viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.6/4 and third in total viewers with 3.7 million. “Station 19” at 8 had a 0.7/5 and 4.5 million total viewers. At 9, “Grey’s Anatomy” got a 0.8/5 and 4.1 million total viewers. “A Million Little Things” at 10 received a 0.4/3 and 2.6 million total viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.5/3 and fourth in total viewers with 1.8 million. “Hell’s Kitchen” at 8 had a 0.7/5 and 2.5 million total viewers. At 9, “The Moodys” premiere got a 0.2/2 and 1 million total viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.4/3 and second in total viewers with 4.1 million. “Young Sheldon” at 8 had a 0.6/5 and 6.4 million total viewers. At 8:30, “United States of Al” started off to a 0.5/4 and 5.1 million total viewers. “Mom” at 9 got a 0.5/3 and 4.8 million total viewers. At 9:30, “B Positive” received a 0.4/3 and 3.7 million total viewers in its new time slot. “Clarice” at 10 closed out primetime with a 0.3/2 and 2.4 million total viewers.

The CW managed a 0.1/1 and 680,000 total viewers, airing repeats.


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