Thursday, April 18, 2024

UPDATED Ratings: Greed and COVID Killing “Grey’s Anatomy” as Revised Ratings Just Over 5 Million, Lowest Ever


SATURDAY MORNING: ABC revised its numbers for “Grey’s” putting it at 5.1 million. Still the lowest ever, but a stitch higher than that 5 million mark.

FRIDAY MORNING: Last night “Grey’s Anatomy” fell to 4.65 million viewers, a series and season low.

When “Grey’s Anatomy” ended its 16th season in April 2020, the final episode scored a season high 7.7 million viewers. That’s pretty great for a show on the air since Michael Jackson was on trial.

When the series returned this past November for a six episode run, ratings dropped 8.9% to 5.9 million viewers. Whoops! What happened?

Well, everyone was in masks, and COVID had come to Seattle’s Grey Sloan Hospital. Lead character Meredith Grey was in a coma and having dreams of being on Malibu beach dressed in beige.

By the sixth week, “Grey’s” had slipped by 300,000 viewers. Maybe the audience didn’t want to see COVID and death depicted on TV when they were experiencing it at home?

They didn’t like. Last’s night numbers indicate the party is over. Between Pompeo’s slagging of the show– she might leave! she wants more money! — and the killing of popular characters, the show is committing suicide faster than it can be cancelled.

First half hour last night was 4.898 million. Then the audience basically left– dropped to 4.364 million. Yikes!

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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