Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Ratings: “Grey’s Anatomy” Drops to Lowest Numbers of Season, Whopping 23% Down in Younger Viewers


It’s time to talk about “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Last night, as usual, “Law & Order SVU” outdrew the medical soap opera by almost 1 million viewers.

That’s not all. “Grey’s” dropped a whopping 23% in the key demo and 11% in total viewers from last week.

They started the season with 4.758 million viewers. Last night 3.5 million came back to see what was going on.

What’s going on: massive erosion in the 18th season. All the revolving door behavior of actors coming and going, beloved characters randomly dying or disappearing, the toll of all this has finally set in.

So while CBS won the night with “Young Sheldon” and “Ghosts,” NBC was a strong number 2 with its Dick Wolf “Law & Order” night. ABC was in third place. Even “Station 19,” the “Grey’s” spin off which was booming, is starting to collapse. Last night they basically tied with “Law & Order” at 8pm.

What can “Grey’s” do? Put Meredith back in another coma? Bring back Katherine Heigl? A Hail Mary pass is coming.

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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