Is a Grey’s Anatomy season 15 renewal a sure thing at ABC? We’d count on it just as much as we count on Shonda Rhimes trying to kick us in the heart every week.
CarterMatt has looked at many of the different network shows through the lens of their ratings and their futures over the past month. Yet, there really hasn’t been all that much to worry about when it comes to Grey’s Anatomy. Its future, by and large, has always felt secure. There was never all that much of a cause for concern that its numbers would careen off a cliff so far that ABC would want to cancel it. This is their top-rated #TGIT show, and in general the year to year retention for the show is incredible. Would you believe that the show is down less than 1.5% this year in the 18-49 demographic, and is actually up slightly on average in total viewers? We’re talking here just about the live+same-day viewers, but these are the ones that often matter the most.
The question when assessing the Grey’s Anatomy future is effectively this: When will season 15 be announced? It’s not so much a matter of if, just when.
For a network like ABC, it benefits them to put out a renewal for Grey’s Anatomy as early as possible. It’s a vote of confidence and with the extreme popularity of the series on Netflix it only further creates incentives for viewers to watch. Also, it’s one less headache that network executives have to deal with; they can cross this off the priority list and then focus on the wide array of other things that they need to do in order to prepare for the next season of the show.
If we were to guess at the moment, we would say that a Grey’s Anatomy season 15 renewal could come as early as either late January / early March. (We don’t think that ABC would bury the announcement during the Winter Olympics.) It’s possible the network may announce a new season with either fellow #TGIT show How to Get Away with Murder or newcomer and smash hit The Good Doctor — both are solid possibilities and each show brings a lot of great drama to the table. Be assured that ABC doesn’t often hold off on a Grey’s Anatomy renewal until May — they’re keen to do it early, and while there may be cast contracts to work out, the only way we foresee a delay coming along because of that is if Ellen Pompeo is somehow involved. We don’t foresee her leaving the show soon so there’s not all that much to worry about.
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