After a weeks-long break, ABC’s Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy returned to Thursday primetime with new episodes. With its first new episode since April 8, Grey’s Anatomy tied with Law & Order: SVU for the evening’s highest demo rating.
For fast affiliates, Grey’s Anatomy and the latest Law & Order: SVU both earned a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo. Gray’s was stable from its most recent episode, as was SVU from the prior week. Between the two, however, it was SVU that delivered the night’s largest audience, with 4.71 million viewers. In addition to topping the evening, those two titles were their respective network’s best programs.
The night kicked off with Station 19 ′s return (0.5, 4.10M) winning the first hour. The first responder drama dropped a tenth from its most recent episode in April, but helped set the stage for Gray’s steady comeback. Following Station 19 were Law & Order (0.4, 4.10M) MasterChef Junior (0.4, 1.89M) and Walker (0.1, 0.69). MasterChefwhich ticked up, was Fox’s best title and Walker was the CW’s best Thursday program.
Obviously, Gray’s and SVU were 9 o’clock’s top programs. In the same hour, Call Me Cat (0.3, 1.64M) concluded its sophomore season stable from the previous week but sharply down from its Season 2 premiere (0.9, 3.73M). It’s worth noting, however, that the sitcom’s January premiere received a notable boost from The OT. At 9:30 pm How We Roll (0.2, 2.86M) and Welcome to Flatch (0.2, 0.78M).
Thursday primetime came to a close with Law & Order: Organized Crime (0.5, 3.98M) at the top, followed by a new Big Sky (0.3, 2.36M).