Friday, April 12, 2024

UPDATE “Grey’s Anatomy” Numbers Lower Than Thought, Continues to Sink in Wake of Patrick Dempsey Kill-Off


UPDATE The numbers were LOWER than previously thought– 2.1 in the demo, and 7.74 million total. In the finale next week, Meredith wakes up with pizza boxes spread all overĀ  the bed and tells Derek, “I had a terrible dream after we ate all that pizza”– a reference to his famous Pizza Boy movie– “but you’re right here.”

EARLIER Yikes. The “Grey’s Anatomy” fans do not like the absence of Patrick Dempsey at all. Last night’s episode saw another drop in the ratings. The key demo is now 2.2, down from the previous week’s 2.5 in a big way. It was 2.8 the prior week, when Shonda Rhimes plowed an 18 wheeler into Derek Shepherd’s Porsche SUV.

Last week, the total viewers for “Greys” was 8.68 million. This week, only 7.88 million showed. Around a million “Grey’s”
fans either watched “The Big Bang Theory” season finale, which was number 1 and huge, or took a bike ride. Next week’s two hour season finale will really show what “Grey’s” can look forward to next season. The show was renewed for another season last night by ABC.

But I would guess the series finale is in the works for next year. Dempsey must be getting a kick out of this.

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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