UPDATED: Final numbers were a little higher, 4.5 million. Still the lowest ever, and a disaster.
FRIDAY MORNING: “Grey’s Anatomy” went from critical to near flatline last night in the ratings.
The 17 season drama dropped to just over 4 million viewers, losing 800,000 fans from last week. It’s their lowest rating ever, and is a serious catastrophe.
The episode brought back two characters to join Meredith playing Beach Blanket Bingo. Mark Sloan and Lexi Grey got out their pails and shovels.
But it wasn’t enough to combat the return of Elliot Stabler on “Law and Order SVU,” where 7.6 million people came to see his big reunion.
What a mess “Grey’s” is in. Are they going off the air? Maybe, at this rate. They don’t seem invested in keeping it on, although I will say the constant non-interviews with showrunner Krista Vernoff have been fascinating. There isn’t a day that goes by without this EP blabbing away about nothing in all the Hollywood trades. She seems to be feathering her nest for a non “Grey’s” future.
Next week, below 4 million? Seems so. And then the show will be deader than all those characters on the beach.