We saw something rather rare in the preliminary numbers for Thursday night’s TV lineup: “Grey’s Anatomy” actually losing to another show in the 18-49 demographic. We don’t know what it is that is causing this great migration from season 9, but these are some of the show’s lowest ratings to date, and a pretty big shock considering how strong it started off this season.
Overall, though, the 2.9 for this Shonda Rhimes production was not even the worst news when it comes to ABC’s lineup. Instead, that honor goes to “Last Resort,” a quality show that is struggling in a very tough timeslot. With a 1.3 rating, the show dropped four-tenths from last week’s number, and all but ensured that it will not last beyond this season. It’s a shame, too, that Andre Braugher cannot find himself a lasting hit show after “Men of a Certain Age” was canceled.
As for some of the other shows in ratings jeopardy, “Beauty and the Beast” stabilized with a 0.7 rating that is tied with last week; while this number is not bad by any means, this sort of squandering of “The Vampire Diaries” as a lead-in is what got “The Secret Circle” canceled. “Elementary,” meanwhile, was close to even with last week courtesy of a 2.2 rating that won the 10:00 p.m. hour, but still has to be a little bit of a disappointment given the hype and the fact that its lead-in “Person of Interest” increased its audience to a 3.0 this week that beat Rhimes’ aforementioned show. Do we still have hope here? Sure, since “Person of Interest” actually was a rare show that ended up increasing its audience as the season went on.
We’re not going to bother with NBC ratings at the moments thanks to a football preemption in some markets, which is making the numbers seem better than they probably are.
What did you catch Thursday? If you want to see our full review of Thursday’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” you can do so here.