There’s still more drama in store for the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital. ABC has renewed Grey’s Anatomy for a ninth season on the network.
The medical drama’s ratings have come down this season but it’s still the alphabet network’s second-highest rated scripted series. Season eight is averaging a 3.5 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic with 9.76 million total viewers. Year-to-year, the show is down by 15% in the demo (vs a 4.1 rating) and down by 13% in total viewers (vs 11.23 million).
On our ABC Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative performance of scripted and non-scripted shows on the network, Grey’s Anatomy has an “A+” grade. There’s just no way that they would be letting this one go — even if some of the castmembers didn’t re-sign.
This week, stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson recently closed deals for two more seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Unless next season’s ratings take a big nose dive, Grey’s is very likely to be renewed for a 10th season.
ABC announces their 2012-13 schedule next week so we’ll find out more details about the renewal at that time. Presumably Grey’s Anatomy will stay in its usual timeslot. The eighth season finale of Grey’s airs next week.
The fates of Shonda Rhimes’ other two shows — Private Practice and Scandal — are still up in the air.
What do you think? Are you glad that Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed? How long do you think this medical drama should run? Through season nine, until season 10 or until it runs out of gas and is cancelled?