Monday, April 15, 2024

Grey’s Anatomy Renewed for 21st Season Even Though Ratings Are Miserable: Who Will Exit Next?


I always remember when “Lou Grant” was cancelled. It had 26 million viewers per show. (Some said it politics, CBS said it was the numbers.)

Now “Grey’s Anatomy” has been renewed for a 21st season. The total number of viewers watching is 3.4 million. It’s even with last year. No one cares anymore. The show is there, you don’t have to make up characters or plots, it’s become wallpaper at ABC.

To keep “Grey’s” going, another vet will have to exit or bite the dust this season. Keep an eye out for a murder, suicide, accident, or terminal disease developing soon.

Ratings are a low bar nowadays. That 3.4 million should indicate the party is over. But daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” sometimes reaches that high these days. And that’s during the day!

ABC also renewed “9-1-1,” which has done well at 8pm before “Grey’s” on Thursdays so far. Again, “9-1-1” is a known quantity going into 8th season with movie star Angela Bassett as its star. Also, ABC makes it, so that cuts down on the expenses.

That leaves open 10pm on Thursdays for next fall on ABC. Right now all bets are off because NBC is waffling on bringing back “Law & Order Organized Crime,” which a similar rating to “‘Greys.”

As everywhere, TV is fighting over crumbs!

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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