Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Grey’s Anatomy Loses 800K Viewers, Down 7% After Killing off Main Character


Well, I hope Shonda Rhimes and ABC are happy happy happy. Last night “Grey’s Anatomy” lost 810,000 total viewers after killing off Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd. The key demo was down 7% from 2.8 to 2.6. Fans didn’t tune in to see the ridiculous two hour special in which Meredith Grey told friends dispassionately that her husband was dead. No one really cared. And then Meredith had a baby girl and named it for her mother. Shonda Rhimes must have really hated Patrick Dempsey. But did she hate him so much that she killed her show? I think “Grey’s” is over. The viewers aren’t coming back. This was really an act of hubris on a grand scale. What more is left to say of this show? It probably should have stopped after 7 seasons. But now, enough is enough. What a shonda (in Yiddish, a “shame.”)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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