‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Leads Thursday Ratings While ‘Station 19’ Underwhelms

by Lauren Boisvert

“Law & Order: Organized Crime” led the pack in terms of ratings with its most recent episode, which aired Thursday night. Titled “The Christmas Episode,” it involves another small crossover with “SVU”; Eli disappears, and Stabler asks Benson and the team for help bringing him home.

As for the ratings, “Law & Order: Organized Crime” had a huge bump in overall percentage and demographics. The episode was up 12% from November 11, and the demographic change was up 15%. It had a 0.6 rating with 3.4 million viewers. Compare that to November 11, which was almost a record low at 3.0 million viewers. “Organized Crime” has only had low numbers like that one other time, on October 21, where ratings dipped 8%. It seems like fans were excited for the show after the brief hiatus.

In contrast, “Station 19” didn’t do so hot. The show’s ratings have been fluctuating pretty heavily since season 5 aired. Last night was a series low, though, at 3.9 million viewers and a 0.5 rating. The demographic dipped a whopping 26%, with an overall 15% dip in viewers compared to November 18. “Station 19” was up a bit at 4.8 million viewers, climbing 5% from the previous week. Things aren’t looking good for “Station 19” this week. Hopefully, it can pull the ratings back up with the next episode.

To compare, “Grey’s Anatomy” also hit a series low with 3.5 million viewers. “Young Sheldon” dominated alongside “Law & Order: Organized Crime” with 6.8 million viewers and a 0.6 rating. “Bull” was steady, but unfortunately, it was steady at its all-time lowest.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Bell is Concerned for Stabler’s Health

Since “Law & Order: Organized Crime” did so well in the ratings, it’s only fair that we discuss the show a bit. Richard Wheatley is finally on trial in the most recent episode, and Ayanna Bell is worried about Stabler’s reactions.

Danielle Moné Truitt, who plays Bell, spoke with Entertainment Tonight about her character’s role in Stabler’s life as his friend and colleague and how Stabler might react to the verdict. “She’s thinking about how much that verdict and that outcome will take a toll on his mental health,” said Truitt. “She’s very concerned about that. Not to mention, she’s a juggler. The Kosta organization is one ball. The Wheatley family and Stabler’s mental health is another ball. Her having a newborn and a wife is another. Then the whole Killbride [situation] is another and there’s Brewster.”

So, possibly Bell is a bit preoccupied. But, like Truitt said, she’s a juggler. She’s used to the balancing act of taking on multiple job roles, and it looks like watching out for her friend is going to be just another spinning plate on a stick for Bell.