Premiere Thursday TV Ratings 9/22/22: Law & Order Shows Rise for Three-Hour Crossover Premiere, Big Brother Slides, Norman Lear Special OK (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: NBC's three-hour crossover premiere did wonders for the ratings of the 'Law & Order' trio and put the network in a virtual tie with Fox's 'MLB: Regional Coverage' (0.64). The night began with 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' (0.62) soaring to its highest rating since December 2021 and actually beating out its year-ago premiere (0.60). At 9, 'SVU' (0.69) was only a tenth below last year's start (0.79) and posted its highest 2022 rating yet. The original 'Law & Order' (0.60) exceled in the 10PM hour and went well above every episode from the spring outside of its premiere (0.74). On ABC, the season finale of 'Celebrity Family Feud' (0.45, -0.02) dipped by two-hundredths and led into a middling special about TV legend Norman Lear (0.29). CBS juggernaut 'Big Brother' (0.62, -0.08) lost eight-hundredths on a week-to-week basis and was followed by a feeble pair of 'Ghosts' reruns (0.19/0.14). Earlier in the night, encores of 'Young Sheldon' (0.36/0.35) performed significantly better than 'Ghosts'. The CW went with 'Bump' (0.04), a rerun of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.03), and 'Great Chocolate Showdown' (0.06).

Finals Update: The 8PM repeat of 'Young Sheldon' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'Law & Order' (-0.1) and 'Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter' (-0.1) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMNFL: Steelers v. Browns4.27/3411.03Amazon

MLB: Regional Coverage0.64/63.23Fox

Law & Order: Organized Crime (P)0.62/54.97NBC

Celebrity Family Feud (F)0.45/43.68ABC

Young Sheldon (R)
The CW
8:30 PMYoung Sheldon (R)0.35/33.59CBS

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)0.03/00.26The CW
9 PMLaw & Order: SVU (P)0.69/55.47NBC

Big Brother0.62/53.14CBS

Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter0.29/22.72ABC

Great Chocolate Showdown0.06/10.37The CW
10 PMLaw & Order (P)0.60/54.69NBC

Ghosts (R)0.19/21.61CBS
10:30 PMGhosts (R)0.14/11.60CBS
(P) = premiere
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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