Tessa Ferrer & Gaius Charles To Depart ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Gaius CharlesTessa FerrerEXCLUSIVE: Grey’s Anatomy is bidding adieu to two recent cast additions. I’ve learned that series regulars Tessa Ferrer and Gaius Charles are not getting their contracts picked … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘American Idol’ Hits New Low, ‘Reign’ Rises, ‘Scandal’ & ‘Grey’s’ Up

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 9:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

scandalRemember when Thursday was the biggest night on television with the top networks drawing 18-49 ratings in the double digits? That was all a distant memory last night. With CBS’ regular lineup led by The Big Bang Theory benched for NCAA basketball, the highest-rated broadcast network Thursday night was ABC with a 2.0 average in 18-49. Only two series — ABC dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2.4, up 0.1 from last week) and Scandal (2.9, +0.2) — crossed the 2.0 demo rating threshold.

Among those that didn’t was Fox’s American Idol (1.9), its first time ever below 2.0. The singing competition continued its downward spiral, off 14% from last Thursday and this Wednesday’s series low to a new series low. Its lead-in, Hell’s Kitchen (1.7), was down 11% in its second week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Scandal’, Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Crazy Ones’ Down, ‘Two & A Half Men’, ‘Elementary’ & ‘Reign’ Up, ‘Wonderland’ Returns Even

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 9:06am PST

KERRY WASHINGTONReturning strong last week after a long winter break, both ABC’s Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy took a hit last night. Back for the second week since its break, the Shonda Rhimes produced political intrigue series drew a 2.8/8 among adults 18-49 last night. That’s a sharp 18% drop from last week’s results. The Washington D.C.-based show was led in by Rhimes’ Seattle-based Grey’s, which also had returned on February 27. The medical drama pulled a 2.6/7 in the key demo – a 16% slide from last week. ABC started the night with the return of another show that had taken a long hiatus. Back with its first new show since December 12, 2013, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.8/3) was even with that last original. That left the fantasy-drama tying a series low.
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Isaiah Washington To Return To ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ For Sandra Oh’s Farewell

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 3:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Isaiah Washington Grey's Anatomy ReturnOriginal Grey’s Anatomy cast member Isaiah Washington will be making a return to the veteran ABC medical drama seven years after his controversial exit. Washington will appear in a May episode that will mark … Read More »

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Patrick Dempsey & Ellen Pompeo Sign New Deals To Return To ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 1:25pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Ellen Pompeo Patrick Dempsey Grey's AnatomyOne of TV’s favorite couples will remain intact. After lengthy but pretty straightforward negotiations, Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey have signed new two-year contracts to return to the veteran medical drama — paving the way for an 11th-season renewal, which is considered a formality. While fellow original cast member Sandra Oh announced in August that she would depart the show at the end of her current contract in May and Dempsey made some ambiguous comments around the same time that he might be ready for a change, it became clear going into the fall that no other original Grey’s Anatomy cast members were expected to follow Oh out the door. Negotiations focused on the two leads, Dempsey and Pompeo. With their contracts done, the spotlight is expected to shift to re-signing the remaining Grey’s players whose contracts are up at the end of this season: Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson. Read More »

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Leaving, But It’s Oh, Not Dempsey

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 3:34pm PDT

Bad news for ABC — better news maybe for Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey: Sandra Oh has announced she’s leaving Grey’s Anatomy at the end of the ABC drama’s upcoming 10th season. “It’s been a great privilege to play the character of Cristina Yang on GA and I am both sad and excited to see where this, her final season will take her,” Oh said in this afternoon’s statement, calling it an emotional and “deeply creative decision” to leave.

Pompeo and Dempsey’s contracts also are up at the end of the coming season, and ABC presumably won’t want any more of the series majors to exit. That’s always a good bargaining position. Dempsey made news the recent Summer TCA Press Tour, when he told a ballroom full of press — while promoting a car-racing show for Velocity network called Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans – that his passion in life is car racing, and acting is what he does to support that habit. Some mention may have been made of the redundancy of Grey’s storylines. Eyebrows around the room shot up. And a few days later, at the Press Tour, the reporters asked ABC programming chief Paul Lee if Dempsey was leaving and/or Grey’s was toast after this season. Lee responded, emphatically — as did ABC today in the wake of Oh’s announcement — that ABC intended to have the steamy doc drama on the primetime lineup “for many years.” At that time, Lee said he would not discuss possible cast changes — the press assumed he was talking about Dempsey — because he didn’t want to be yelled at by show creator Shonda Rhimes.

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TCA: Patrick Dempsey Candid About ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Gig – “It’s About Surviving”

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Patrick Dempsey admitted this morning that working as an actor in a long-running series like ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy can’t hold a candle to the excitement of … Read More »

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ Camilla Luddington Set For ‘The Pact II’

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 3:31pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Grey’s Anatomy is wrapping up its ninth season tonight but Camilla Luddington has a scary summer ahead of her. The actress, who plays Dr. Jo Wilson on the ABC medical drama this year, is … Read More »

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ABC To Air Some Dramas In Two Batches Of 12 Episodes Next Season

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 9:32am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC is changing things up in scheduling some of its serialized dramas. Taking a page from the cable model, the network will air what ABC president Paul Lee called “a selected group” of dramas in two uninterrupted runs, one in the fall and one in the spring, bridged by limited series. The series that will follow the new scheduling pattern include Once Upon A Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and likely Revenge, with others TBD. So far, the network only has set up a bridge series for Once, new adventure reality series The Quest. Lee said such bridge series won’t necessarily be all unscripted. Two cycles of 12 episodes would bring the total orders for the shows to 24, which is hard on a complex, serialized drama, but Lee indicated that number has not been set in stone. He said that the network is looking to further shake up the traditional broadcast scheduling model with “quality launches” throughout the season. Lee also said that new fall drama Betrayal is designed as a limited series, airing 12-13 episodes a season. The same applies to midseason drama Resurrection, which will replace it in the Sunday 10 PM slot in midseason.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Hits Series Low, As Does ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Community’ & ‘Two & A Half Men’; ‘Parks & Recreation’ & ’1600 Penn’ Up

It was a night of exits and lows on TV on Thursday. Last night’s one-hour live results show on American Idol (3.0/10) — which saw the first Top 10 finalist eliminated and a very short protest by judge Nicki Minaj because of it — was down 9% from last week’s final ratings results. It marked a series low for a regularly scheduled edition of Idol. The Fox singing competition wasn’t the only show to sink to new lows last night: Back with a new episode after three weeks, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy took a 17% tumble to hit a series low. On NBC, Community (1.0/4) cratered 33% from last week’s show to hit its series low. And CBS’ Two And A Half Men (3.3/10) was down 15% form last week to hit a series low too.

CBS’ night was preempted in several markets due to ACC and SEC basketball tournaments, and ratings are likely to be adjusted in the final numbers more than usual. Back with a full-loaded Thursday lineup, the network kicked off as usual with The Big Bang Theory (4.5/15). The science geek sitcom had a rougher than usual ride, falling 18% to tie its season low. Person Of Interest (2.9/8) bopped up 4%, while a new Elementary (2.4/7) was flat with its last original February 21. With all that, CBS won the night in total viewers with 13.371 million watching and the adults 18-49 demographic. Read More »

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WME Signs ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Ellen Pompeo

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 10:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has signed with WME. For over a decade she had been at CAA, which got her the star-making role as Dr. Meredith Grey on ABC’s hit medical drama Grey’s Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Series Highs For ‘Scandal’

By | Friday December 7, 2012 @ 9:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Shonda Rhimes can do cliffhangers like nobody’s business. She proves it again and again on Grey’s Anatomy, which has some of the highest-rated season finales and premieres for a drama series. (And who can forger the blockbuster two-parter in 2006, which started after the Super Bowl and carried over huge ratings to the series’ Thursday episode). Rhimes proved it again with the three-part winter finale of her newest series, Scandal, which involves the shooting of the show’s fictional president. Last week, Part 1 (2.2/6) popped 10% for a a season high. (In adults 18-34, it hit a series high). Then last night, Part 2 written by Rhimes (2.5/7) jumped another 14% to a series high. The episode posted all-time highs for the sophomore series across the board — total viewers (7.4 million, up 12%) and all key demos, including adults 18-34 and 25-54.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’30 Rock’ Up, ‘Scandal’ Hits High, ‘Office’ & ‘Parks & Rec’ Hit Lows

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 10:36am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Big life celebrations scored in the ratings last night. The Liz Lemon wedding episode of NBC’s departing 30 Rock drew a 1.3/4 in adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers. That was up 8% from its last original two weeks ago and the comedy’s best demo rating since Oct. 11 and largest viewership this season. Meanwhile, ABC’s sophomore drama Scandal (2.2/6) popped 10% from its last episode two weeks ago to hit a season high. (In adults 18-34, it hit a series high). That is with Scandal‘s lead-in, Grey’s Anatomy (3.0/8), dipping 6% from two weeks ago to tie its season low. No dead cat bounce for ABC’s Last Resort. In its first airing post cancellation news, the freshman drama (1.0/3) fell 17% from two weeks ago to a series low.

Fox’s Glee (2.2/6), which featured the latest cover of Psy’s ubiquitous Gangham Style, bounced back 47% following the depressed numbers last week when the network aired originals on Thanksgiving. (Fox’s fast nationals for last night may be slightly inflated because of an NFL preemption in New Orleans). The X Factor (2.7/8) was actually down a tenth from last week’s telecast, which was boosted by a football lead-in. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Elementary’ Solid, ‘Last Resort’ Soft In Debuts; ‘Men’ Down In Move

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 9:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Is the black hole known as ABC’s Thursday 8 PM slot ready to swallow another high-profile scripted series? Shawn Ryan’s well received submarine drama Last Resort launched to a modest 2.2 rating/share in adults 18-49 last night. That was just a tenth better than last fall’s debut of the now-defunct Charlie’s Angels in the hour but qualifies as ABC’s best drama debut in the slot in three years as My Generation was DOA in the period in 2010. ABC continues to dispatch new scripted fare to the Thursday 8 PM slot where it’s only had success with the unscripted Wipeout for the past few years.

Last Resort was one of two new series to premiere last night. The other, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, did better, winning the 10 PM slot with a 3.1/9 in 18-49 and 13.3 million total viewers. It built on its lead-in (2.9/8), a rare feat for a 10 PM show, and it was up by 11% in the demo from the season premiere of The Mentalist in the time slot last fall. One encouraging sign for Last Resort was the 15% 18-49 rise from the first to the second half-hour. (Elementary‘s demo rating slipped by 9% from the first to the second half-hour.) Read More »

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Eric Dane To Depart ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 4:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Eric Dane, who has played Mark Sloan aka McSteamy on Grey’s Anatomy since the end of Season 2, will leave the ABC medical drama sometime next season, after wrapping his storyline. “After much consideration and … Read More »

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Adds ‘True Blood’ Actress

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 8:43pm PDT

Viewers of Grey’s Anatomy know that some of the actors on the show didn’t make it out of last season’s plane crash finale. Now Camilla LuddingtonRead More »

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IATSE Files ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Grievance Against ABC Studios

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 1:12pm PDT

IATSE Grey's AnatomyIATSE Local 80 has filed grievances against ABC Studios for the recent firing of several crew members on Grey’s Anatomy. The Local’s business manager Tom Davis filed the papers for the union. (UPDATE: Because of … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Scandal’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ End Seasons Up

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 9:58am PDT

Scandal ABCThe season finales of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy brought ABC good numbers last night. The Season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy (3.9/11) at 9 PM saw the show up 11% from last week, drawing 11.9 million total viewers. Wrapping up its first season, political drama Scandal (2.4/7) was up 26% from last week’s season low in its 10 PM slot. The 8 PM finale of the now-cancelled Missing (1.3/4) saw an 18% jump from last week’s series low.

On American Idol (4.2/14), the contestants were down to a final two and the show was up 8% over last week, making it the night’s top show in the adults 18-49 demo and among total viewers (15.8 million) — its highest viewer total since March 29. After Idol, Touch (1.8/5) was down 5% from last week. Fox won the night in the demo. CBS edged Fox 11.27 million-11.09 million in total viewers. Read More »

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Stars Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh And Justin Chambers Close Deals To Return

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 7:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: Big news for Grey’s Anatomy fans. I’ve learned that all original cast members whose future on the ABC medical drama had been up in the air amid contract negotiations, have re-upped for two more seasons. That includes … Read More »

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