TV Ratings: 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Organized Crime' Score With Chris Meloni's Return

Chris Meloni's return to the Law & Order franchise paid off with big ratings for both his new show, Organized Crime, and his former series, SVU, on Thursday.

SVU scored its best same-day ratings in several years with the reunion of Meloni's Elliot Stabler and Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson. The show drew a 1.69 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.03 million total viewers in the final same-day ratings, the best first-day performance for the show since the season 18 premiere in September 2016.

Nearly all of that audience stuck around for the series premiere of Law & Order: Organized Crime, which posted a 1.56 in the key ad demographic and 7.86 million viewers. Aside from the post-Super Bowl premiere of The Equalizer on CBS, that's the best series debut of the season in adults 18-49; it trails only The Equalizer and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune in total viewers.

The two Law & Order shows led Thursday's primetime slate across the board, finishing first and second in adults 18-34 and adults 25-54 in addition to 18-49 and total viewers.

ABC's Grey's Anatomy had the next best 18-49 rating in primetime with a 0.92, to go with 4.55 million viewers. Both it and Station 19 (0.78, 4.78 million) are down versus a week ago.

The premiere of United States of Al drew a 0.58 in the demo and 5.31 million viewers for CBS, fairly close to the average for B Positive (0.6, 5.05 million) in the same time slot earlier this season. The season two premiere of The Moodys on Fox averaged a modest 0.25 in the demo and 1.04 million viewers.

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