Friday, June 21, 2024

UPDATE “Grey’s Anatomy” Hits New Low in Ratings, Drops by 300,000 Viewers as Meredith Wraps Up Beach Blanket Bingo


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.


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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