Monday, May 20, 2024

“Grey’s Anatomy” Season’s Penultimate Episode Down 29% in Key Age Group to Lowest Rating Ever



Meredith woke up, reruns are over, three cast members are gone.

And so is the audience for “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Last night’s penultimate season episode dropped 29% in the key demo, 11% in total viewers, and it its all time low rating of 4 million and change.

The show shed 500,000 viewers from the last two weeks of returns and almost 1 million from the last first run show.

Viewers have fled in droves. They apparently did like the ousting of three cast members for budget reasons. That’s clear. And they’re not so keen on Meredith Grey back from the dead, off the beach, with no chance of reuniting with either McDreamy or the Italian doctor.

Indeed, Meredith’s reaction to the Italian doctor being dead when she did wake up was priceless. She was really “thank you, next.”

What else has caused this hellacious drop in fans? I have some theories but we’ll have to wait and see what the numbers are for next week’s season finale. “Grey’s” is going to have to do some hard rethinking if they want to make 20 seasons. That’s two more, and that’s a lot of story.


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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