A veteran ABC series is having a second wind and is on the brink of becoming the network’s highest rated drama this season in the advertiser friendly 18-49 demo, reports The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed blog.
The story, by Lesley Goldberg, says the show is “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Writes Goldberg, “Now averaging a 3.9 rating in the demo, the Ellen Pompeo starrer ties Thursday time-slot neighbor ‘Scandal’ — an almost unheard of accomplishment for a show in its 12th season. (Live showings for recent episodes suggest ‘Grey’s’ will end the season as the top ABC series.)”
The article adds, “One benefit for ‘Grey’s’: Steady is the new up. The series outpaces the TGIT pack because fellow Shonda Rhimes drama ‘Scandal’ is down 17 percent this season and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ fell 30 percent. New entry ‘The Catch’ debuted March 24 to a disappointing 1.2 live-plus-same-day rating in the demo.
“By contrast, ‘Grey’s’ barely has budged and ranks as the No. 2 returning broadcast drama in the demo year-over-year (trailing only Fox’s ‘Empire’) — a sign fans haven’t quit the series after leading man Patrick Dempsey was killed off last season with a year remaining on his contract.”
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