Thursday TV Ratings 10/21/21: Law & Order: SVU Slips for 500th Episode, NFL, Ghosts and B Positive Also Dip, Grey’s Anatomy and Young Sheldon Stable (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: NBC's 'The Blacklist' (0.39) returned for its ninth season in fairly unremarkable fashion. This was just a single hundredth below last year's premiere (0.40) and higher than a good majority of its spring 2021 episodes but much of that can be attributed to the move from the Friday night graveyard to a more high-priority, Thursday timeslot. The arrival of 'The Blacklist' seemed to negatively impact the 500th episode of 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.64, -0.08) and 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' (0.50, -0.05) but the pair ultimately lost just a few hundredths in the process. CBS's lineup was down across the board, with new entry 'Ghosts' (0.53, -0.08) taking the biggest hit after last week's stunning uptick. Struggling sophomores 'United States of Al' (0.44) and 'B Positive' (0.40) forfeited six-hundredths apiece. 'Young Sheldon' (0.63) fell by two hundredths at the start of the lineup while 'Bull' (0.31) closed out the evening by losing one-hundredth. Over on ABC, 'Station 19' (0.62, +0.06), 'Grey's Anatomy' (0.63, +0.02), and 'Big Sky' (0.35, +0.01) all picked up a couple ticks. Fox's 'Broncos v. Browns' NFL game (3.72) was four tenths behind the week-ago football telecast. On the CW, the finale of 'Coroner' (0.05) dropped two-hundredths but 'Legacies' (0.09) actually rose by three-hundredths from last week's unsatisfactory return. 

Finals Update: 'NFL' (+1.6) and 'Big Sky' (+0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMNFL: Broncos v. Browns3.72/26*12.99*Fox

Young Sheldon0.63/56.36CBS

Station 190.62/44.65ABC

The Blacklist (P)0.39/33.11NBC

Coroner (F)0.05/00.48The CW
8:30 PMUnited States of Al0.44/34.39CBS
9 PMLaw & Order: SVU

Grey's Anatomy0.63/43.91ABC


Legacies0.09/10.34The CW
9:30 PMB Positive0.40/33.76CBS
10 PMLaw & Order: Organized Crime0.50/43.02NBC

Big Sky0.35/32.78ABC

*Includes 0.74 demo rating and 2.6 million viewers from NFL Network's telecast
(P) = premiere
(R) = repeat

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