April 2, 2021



The night’s big reunion was its big winner.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day key advertiser demographics (adult 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 ratings), audience skews (women 18-49, men 18-49 and adults 50+ shares) and total viewership (thousands of people over the age of 2).

Ratings analysis and comparisons follow the chart.

ABC:  Facing stepped-up competition, STATION 19 (0.7), GREY’S ANATOMY (0.8) and A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (0.4) all dropped 0.1.

CBS:  YOUNG SHELDON lost 0.1 to 0.6, and had a decent lead-out with the compatible UNITED STATES OF AL at 0.5.  MOM was steady at 0.5, and B POSITIVE was at 0.4 in its new timeslot, down 0.2 from its last 8:30PM airing.  CLARICE fell 0.1 to 0.3.

NBC;  The season premiere of MANIFEST was at 0.6, down 0.3 from the 2020 premiere and down 0.1 from its last finale (in both cases it had THE VOICE as a lead-in).  The crossover premiere of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME was a huge success, as SVU shot up a remarkable full Nielsen point from its most recent new episode to 1.6, and ORGANIZED CRIME itself debuted at 1.5.

FOX:  HELL’S KITCHEN dipped 0.1 to 0.7.  The season premiere episodes of THE MOODYS were at 0.3/0.2, compared to 0.7 for its series premiere (which aired after THE MASKED SINGER).

CW:  Reruns at 0.1/0.1.

Tonight, CW participates in cross-promotion for its parent company with a run of TBS’s rebooted WIPEOUT.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 live+same day ratings versus the same night last year and same night last week.

Note: The fast affiliate-based ratings below measure what aired on network affiliates in 210 U.S. markets from 8-11 pm Eastern & Pacific or 7-10 pm Central & Mountain. The numbers are some combination of the network schedule and any pre-emptions (such as local news or weather coverage). Accurate program ratings will be available with the broadcast finals.

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon at the normal 1pm PT/ 4pm ET for detailed demographic ratings for top Thursday cable programs and broadcast finals.






About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.


  1. ryan

    Stabler brought the heat last nite!

  2. Anthony

    SVU and Organized Crime did GREAT LAST NIGHT!

  3. Anthony

    Now B Positive is at a series low, because they moved it to 9:30, instead of 8:30!!! Down by 1.3 million viewers, and down 0.2

    • Destiny

      Kinda sucks for the cast of B+ to go from renewal numbers to shaky ground with a timeslot change. Maybe Chuck Lorres influence rescues.

      • FB

        Hopefully CBS will know that that 9:30 slot is the slot of death. Not a single show in years and years has done well in that spot. Hopefully they’ll switch them back to 8:30 after they premiere AL for a couple weeks. Because it is unfair.

  4. Destiny

    L&O SVU up nine tenths in the demo from the previous episode. Insane.

    • Anthony

      I guess that goes to show how much people miss Stabler! Lol!

      • Destiny

        True, it’s such an incredible result for the series. No doubt it’ll inspire other long running shows to bring back beloved characters to launch spinoffs.

        I guess NBC renews this one before the end of the week?

        • Anthony

          Its a definite renewal! Hopefully, for season 2, we get a full season, because this one is only set to have 8.

  5. Monzo

    Wow, most watched SVU episode since season 18 premiere! Back then SVU was only 6th most watched show of the night. Time have changed a lot since then.

  6. BILL G

    I watched the Law and Order cross over, but I didn’t really like what I was seeing. The shows seemed very dated, and the story lines were not very exciting. Benson has not aged well, and her voice has changed a lot. And Stabler is not the same exciting character he had been at the start of the series. I hope things pick up but I am not too sure it will.

    • ChrisM

      Dis you know that Hargitay is the daughter of Jayne Mansfield? I always find that surprising when I see her. I suppose she takes after her father who was a body builder as well as an actor for a bit..

  7. Mark

    I see A.million little things is tanking no wonder it has became so political, was a big fan of show watched it for the last time myself

    • nan

      I have never seen AMLT, but it’s clear that viewers have abandoned the show. It’s time that ABC gave the timeslot to a show with potential.

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