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Grey’s Anatomy: 2011-12 TV Season Ratings

Greys Anatomy ratingsHere are the ratings for Grey’s Anatomy — the TV series where the doctors treat a lot of serious cases, but still have plenty of time for personal drama. The eighth season of Grey’s Anatomy typically airs Thursday nights at 9pm on the ABC network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Grey’s Anatomy will be cancelled or renewed for a ninth season. Check out our ABC ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season eight averages: 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.83 million total viewers.

Episode 08-24: Thursday, 05/17/12
4.1 in the demo (+17% episode-to-episode change) with 11.44 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.56 in the demo with 9.83 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

UPDATE: Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for season nine.

Episode 08-23: Thursday, 05/10/12
3.5 in the demo (+6% episode-to-episode change) with 9.82 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.53 in the demo with 9.76 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-22: Thursday, 05/03/12
3.3 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 9.24 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.54 in the demo with 9.76 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-21: Thursday, 04/26/12
3.3 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 9.45 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.55 in the demo with 9.78 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-20: Thursday, 04/19/12
3.3 in the demo (+14% episode-to-episode change) with 9.82 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.56 in the demo with 9.80 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-19: Thursday, 04/12/12
2.9 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 8.85 million; second at 9pm, first at 9:30pm.
Season average: 3.57 in the demo with 9.80 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-18: Thursday, 04/05/12
2.8 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 8.19 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.61 in the demo with 9.85 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-17: Thursday, 03/15/12
3.0 in the demo (-3% episode-to-episode change) with 9.62 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.66 in the demo with 9.95 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-16: Thursday, 02/23/12
3.1 in the demo (-3% episode-to-episode change) with 9.06 million; tied for first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.70 in the demo with 9.97 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-15: Thursday, 02/16/12
3.2 in the demo (-20% episode-to-episode change) with 8.31 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.74 in the demo with 10.03 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-14: Thursday, 02/09/12
4.0 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 10.27 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.78 in the demo with 10.15 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-13: Thursday, 02/02/12
3.6 in the demo (+3% episode-to-episode change) with 9.71 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.76 in the demo with 10.14 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-12: Thursday, 01/19/12
3.5 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 9.42 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.77 in the demo with 10.18 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-11: Thursday, 01/12/12
3.8 in the demo (-16% episode-to-episode change) with 10.71 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.80 in the demo with 10.25 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-10: Thursday, 01/05/12
4.5 in the demo (+10% episode-to-episode change) with 12.12 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.80 in the demo with 10.20 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-09: Thursday, 11/10/11
4.1 in the demo (+14% week-to-week change) with 11.29 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.72 in the demo with 9.99 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-08: Thursday, 11/03/11
3.6 in the demo (-3% week-to-week change) with 9.52 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.67 in the demo with 9.83 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-07: Thursday, 10/27/11
3.7 in the demo (+3% week-to-week change) with 9.93 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.69 in the demo with 9.87 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-06: Thursday, 10/20/11
3.6 in the demo (0% week-to-week change) with 9.54 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.68 in the demo with 9.86 million.
Demo rank: #2 of 14 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-05: Thursday, 10/13/11
3.6 in the demo (+16% week-to-week change) with 9.97 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.7 in the demo with 9.93 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 scripted TV shows currently on the network.

Episode 08-04: Thursday, 10/6/11
3.1 in the demo (-14% week-to-week change) with 8.7 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.7 in the demo with 9.91 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 12 scripted TV shows currently on the network.

Episode 08-03: Thursday, 9/29/11
Week two fell by 12% in the demo to a 3.6 rating and 10.2 million viewers. The show is still doing well though, all things considered. It’s the network’s second-highest rated scripted series on the network.
Season average: 3.9 demo with 10.32 million.

Episodes 08-01 & 08-02: Thursday, 9/22/11:
It was a disappointing start to the season with a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.38 million viewers. The two-hour debut was in first place for the timeslots but was down by 24% when compared to last season’s premiere. This re-emphasizes ABC’s need for new hit dramas — and it doesn’t look like they have any this fall season.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.23 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Grey’s Anatomy TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a ninth season?

 

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chey April 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I love Grey’s Anatmoy and want to see a 9th season.

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joy brolin March 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

i love Grey’s Anatomy! I hope will not be cancelled. Thurs nite is the best nite of Tv. I watched it since day one.

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Christina February 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I still love the show. I thought last year the story lines drug on. But Season 8 has been a lot better for me then season 7. I think they are doing a good job of regenerating interest, and I find myself looking forward to Thursday nights all over again. I really hope they keep finding ways to make the story interesting, and renew the show. Thursday nights wouldn’t be the same with out being able to come home and watch Grey’s!

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Diane January 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I’ve watched Greys Anatomy since day 1. I agree with many others that it’s getting “stale ” the last few seasons. I almost could care less if I watched it anymore. I’m actually thinking it might be time for Grey’s to say goodbye.

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ThatBob October 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I watched the first six seasons, but last year, even though I recorded it, I still never got around to watching it. When I had about 20 unwatched episodes stacked up and always found myself watching something else I decided to give up on Greys. I just wasn’t that interested in these characters anymore as the show had become less medical drama and more whiny soap opera.

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George November 7, 2011 at 5:40 am

Yep agree! I have watched since the start but for me this show is “drinking in the last chance saloon!” If things don’t approve this season I will stop watching the show.

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Elaine October 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I enjoy this show when it is one hour long. I taped the 2 hour episode but have not found 2 hours to watch it.

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griffin October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

I will watch this season but this show is becoming stale. The Merdedith/MCDreamy storyline is tiresome.

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Kathy Howard October 3, 2011 at 6:54 am

Keep Grey’s on..but change Mer/Der story line!!!

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Vickie October 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I love Grey’s Anatomy since season 1. I think it should continue as long as the original cast resigns. I think the writer’s are not what they used to be and the storylines stink since season 7. I hate what they are doing to McDreamy. They are making the viewers hate him. I hate what they are doing to Meredith. I think Shonda hates her character and has to dump on her all the time. The storyline MerDer have is worse than dead Denny as a ghost. It doesn’t make sense. McDreamy is not acting like the man that loves her. It’s ruined Grey’s for me!

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Maryanne November 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Just started watching grey’s on netflex, love the show can’t wait for January and season 9 hopefully Mer/Der will get a child.

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