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NBC Struggles in Ratings With No New ‘Law & Order’ Episodes

by Megan Molseed
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We all know NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime bring in some big rating numbers for the popular network. However, the popular station is now suffering a dip in numbers. This information comes as no new episodes of the Law & Order hits, SVU and Organized Crime made it to the air Thursday evening.

NBC took a hit in its primetime viewership without these primetime favorites on Thursday, November 18. In total, the network lost 8,000 viewers for the evening.

This is compared to the previous week’s numbers when the popular broadcast network aired back-to-back Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Instead, NBC filled the evening with another favorite, Blacklist starring James Spader.

However, this popular series was the network’s only original programming for the evening. And this was certainly not enough to keep the viewers tuned in.

Football Wins The Night In Ratings

Overall, it was live sports that ultimately won the evening’s top ratings.

It was Fox’s broadcast of the New England Patriots battling the Atlanta Falcons during Thursday Night Football that brought in the highest number of viewers for the evening.

The early preliminary numbers suggest that the live broadcast brought in a total of 8.4 million viewers for the evening.

CBS was the runner-up for the November 18 Thursday evening viewership. In all, CBS placed second for the night, bringing in a high number of viewers tuning in for Young Sheldon.

In fact, the Big Bang Theory spin-off was the highest-rated television show for the evening, bringing in a total of 6.7 million viewers.

Young Sheldon may have brought in the second-highest number of viewers for the entire evening on Thursday. However, it was ABC’s programing that held its own for the entire night. This put the Big Sky network at number two overall, right behind Fox.

As the evening began, the hit ABC series Station 19 pulled in just over four and a half million viewers, topping off at 4.6 million.

The long-running medical drama series favorite, Grey’s Anatomy followed Station 19 pulling in 4 million viewers for the evening.

Finally, the popular network break-out hit Big Sky continues its second season near the top, bringing in 2.7 million viewers for the evening.

‘Law & Order’ Is One of NBC’s Biggest Draws

In all, the Law & Order broadcaster, NBC placed third among the networks Thursday night.

The evening began with the popular NBC drama series The Blacklist pulling in 2.9 million viewers.

A decent number, but a far cry from the numbers new episodes of Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime tend to bring in. The week prior, the Law & Order favorites pulled in a total of 3.7 million viewers for the evening.