Christopher Meloni’s return of Elliot Stabler at L&O the franchise bolstered NBC on Thursday, with the double hit from the Law and Order: SVU crossover and the first series of sound Law and order: organized crime finishing as the top two prime-time shows among adults ages 18-49 and total viewers.
The expected crossover episode of SVU (1.6 adults aged 18-49, 7.63 million live viewers + same day), which reunited Meloni and Mariska Hargitay who starred on the show together for its first 10 seasons, delivered the biggest Longtime series Live + SD audience in four and a half. He also revived the debut of Organized crime (1.5, 7.56 M).
The NBC crime drama was one of two newcomers to make a splash last night, with the series arc of CBS’s latest comedy Chuck Lorre. United States of Al (0.5, 5.07M) behind Young Sheldon (0.6, 6.4M). United States of Al won his half hour in total viewership and played tied for Lorre’s premiere B positive last fall of the period (0.6, 4.94 million with a 0.7, 6.54 million Young Sheldon Entrance).
NBC launched Season 3 of Manifesto (0.6, 3.83M) in its new 20-hour time slot, down a fraction from Season 2 averages, while Fox returned Moodys (0.3, 1.12 M) for his second season; both measurements marked series lows.
ABC’s night included another day at the beach for Grey’s Anatomy (0.8, 4.10 M). With increased competition, ABC’s three dramas on Thursday plunged.