TV Ratings: Against Olympics Grey’s Anatomy Hits Lows; Survivor Down

Posted on 19 February 2010 by Robert Seidman

Scoreboard NBC ABC CBS Uni FOX CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 7.1/19 2.5/7 2.5/7 2.2/6 1.3/4 0.7/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 5.2/16 2.4/7 1.5/5 2.3/7 1.1/3 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 25.29 7.36 9.55 5.23 4.61 1.61

NBC easily dominated the night with coverage of the winter Olympics in Vancouver averaging 25.28 million viewers and a 7.1/19  rating share with adults 18-49.  While down significantly from Wednesday night (and Wednesday was the USA team’s best outing ever, in terms of number of medals for the winter Olympics) it still crushed the mostly repeat and burn off competition.

Grey’s Anatomy wasn’t a repeat though and after seeing a series low last week with a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating, the Olympics poured salt on the wound and Grey’s saw a new low, dropping to a 3.7 rating with the 18-49 crowd and a mere (for Grey’s) 10.21 million viewers.  It will be interesting to see the DVR numbers for last night’s Grey’s in a few weeks.  Private Practice also dropped, to a 2.8 rating with adults 18-49, a low since moving to Thursdays.

Survivor: Heroes and Villains was down from its great premiere numbers last week when it averaged a 4.5 rating with adults 18-49 and over 14 million viewers, but still had a better night than Grey’s.  In last night’s one hour edition of Survivor at 8pm it scored a 3.9/11 rating/share with adults 18-49 and 11.94 million viewers overall.

New series Past Life and The Deep End fared miserably, but it always seemed like those shows were just burn off to throw under the Olympics bus. ABC and FOX might have been better off airing repeats instead.   Though ABC fared better than CBS with adults 18-34, with two hours of repeats CBS had more viewers and the same adults 18-49 rating.  The Bones rerun performed much better than Past Life, and FOX came in behind Univision for the night.  With adults 18-34, Univision came in ahead of both CBS and FOX.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millons)
8:00 NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics 6.2/18 24.17
CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains 3.9/11 11.94
FOX Bones (R) 1.6/4 5.72
ABC The Deep End 1.1/3 4.26
CW The Vampire Diaries (R) 0.7/2 1.70
9:00 NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics 8.3/21 28.36
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.7/9 10.21
CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.9/5 8.82
FOX Past Life 1.1/3 3.49
CW Supernatural (R) 0.7/2 1.53
10:00 NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics 6.8/18 23.33
ABC Private Practice 2.8/7 7.62
CBS CSI (R) 1.7/5 7.90

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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94 Responses to “TV Ratings: Against Olympics Grey’s Anatomy Hits Lows; Survivor Down”

  1. Jaytrann516 says:

    Ouch for grey’s and practice. Hope they do better after the olympics

  2. Manar says:

    Damn, Grey’s was really hurt. Makes me worried about DH’s ratings on Sunday. Why does ABC have to be so stupid at times?

  3. Lee says:

    Even against the Olympics I didn’t think Grey’s would fall that far. I’m sure the DVR numbers will be huge though.

  4. Master Moron says:

    It’s so nice to see The Mentalist and CSI below 2.0, even if they are reruns.

  5. nkinsey says:

    1.1 for Past Life & Deep End. That’s gotta sting.

  6. George says:

    As far as DVR numbers go, is there THAT many people who DVR individual episodes of a show. Most people I know (including myself) just set there DVR to record the entire season of a show.

  7. Johnny says:

    Survivor beat Grey’s again? Wow!

  8. Tom says:

    1.1s for PL and DE. Ouch. Doesn’t that 1.1 for DE flirt with ABC’s lowest new episode demo ever for a M-Thur?

    I can sort of see trying a new GA this week, but doing so with PP seems pretty ill-considered. (Unless later crossovers necessitated airing a PP as well this week.) Interesting that PP’s retention (by percentage) was higher than vs. usual competition!

  9. George, I’m not curious about how many people recorded Grey’s on their DVR, what I’m curious about is whether there will be more VIEWING. The DVR numbers don’t measure recording, only viewing. I’m curious to see whether more people (including the majority who record via season pass) watched the episode via DVR versus other episodes

  10. chrisjozo says:


    I DVR individual episodes. I usually only record a show if I can’t watch it live and I don’t always record the same show. For instance one week I may watch Fringe live and record Supernatural or vice versa depending on which has the more compelling storyline that week.

  11. Mega64 says:

    It’s kinda scary that even after the Olympics are over, Survivor may end up being the strongest show on Thursday nights.

    As a fan, I’m hoping that actually happens!

  12. Jane says:

    I can’t even believe how late NBC pushed the men’s skating til. I stopped watching after 11pm. Looks like I wasn’t the only one. The ratings dropped off substantially after 10pm. It’s just ridiculous for NBC to keep doing this. It’s all tape delayed anyway, esp. for people on the West Coast, why couldn’t they have at least start at 7pm? All they care about is pushing the maximum eyeballs past 11pm, but they’ve turned off a lot of people. I refuse to watch a single episode of any of their shows past the Olympics, and I’ll just DVR the rest of the Olympics and watch it the next morning from now on.

  13. Samuel says:

    Ha ha ha ha, 1.1 for Past life and the deep end. This is CW pathetic.

  14. DenverDean says:

    GA — Survivor beating it last week and Survivor getting more viewers and better 18-49 is most telling.

  15. Ron says:

    Jane, figure skating was live and since its 3 hours behind the east coast I don’t think NBC really had much say as to when it aired. I’m sure they tried to get it into prime time as much as possible though.

  16. samantha says:

    I dont suppose those PL or DE numbers really matter do they if they’re just fillers?! Oh and The Deep End was already on the internet before it even aired last night, I ended up watching it yesterday afternoon and I live in the UK!

    Greys seems to be dropping with every new airing! Cant say I’m surprised though its really poor this season!

    I was wondering why they switched CSI and the Mentalist though?

  17. rob says:

    Wow at greys. another low. why is ABC wasting new episodes of shows during the Olympics? just save them for next month

  18. battye says:

    NBC really needed this boost, I really hope that it translates into ratings success in the week following the Olympics.

    I would like to see the following shows get the following ratings:

    The Office 4.3
    Parenthood 3.5
    30 Rock 3.2
    Community 2.6
    Parks and Recreation 2.5

    The Office was getting low 4’s earlier this year, hopefully it can get a spike. For Parenthood, well… as I mentioned in another post NBC just have to hope it starts strongly and doesn’t drop below 3.0 – they desperately need a new show to do well straight away. 30 Rock has had trouble retaining The Office’s audience, it deserves to get above 3.0 again. As for Community and Parks and Recreation, they are still at the stage where they can attract new viewers. They are both good programs I believe, if they can get mid 2’s I think they would retain it and hopefully build on it.

    I don’t know much about the other NBC shows besides Saturday Night Live, so I won’t comment on them.

  19. Acey says:

    LOL at Survivor beating Grey’s. AGAIN.

  20. Tom says:

    abc shouldnt be wasting fresh episodes of their shows up against the Olympics. I predict that DH this sunday will receive their lowest ratings ever for a new episode. that show had been going downhill anyway so probably just as well

  21. Tom says:

    Jeez, Greys is sinking faster than the Titanic this winter, hitting lows week after week. If this show falls, ABC is in serious trouble next fall.

  22. Manar says:

    I predict DH to have about 9-10 million and 3.4-3.5 in the demo. It definitely doesn’t deserve them, though, as this season has been brilliant! Much better than last season, anyone agrees?

    I hope I’m proven wrong about DH’s ratings, though.

  23. Melissa says:

    Like everyone else, I’m very curious to see the DVR numbers for Prp and GA. Horrible numbers for both, I think it was a big mistake for ABC to air new episodes last night.

  24. Ben says:

    It’s unfortunate seeing GA’s ratings slide. Season 6 started strong and strengthened once Izzie was “fired”. I think the problem is that GA is an older show against a sports program (most sports programs do very well in prime time) and it frequently interrupts momentum with a repeat. Personally, ABC should have taken a note from everyone else: when the Olympics are in, get out of the way! Even FOX must have been stunned at Idol’s loss on Wednesday night.

  25. Josh Emerson says:

    I had no idea Grey’s was new last night! I guess I just assumed most networks were throwing repeats on. Based on these ratings, looks like I’m not the only one.

  26. John the Mon says:

    wow, Olympics or no I can’t see Past Life getting renewed.

  27. rob says:

    deep end airs its final episode next week. it will go away quietly

  28. Ryan says:

    Ben, I don’t think Grey’s started strong at all. The premier was awful, and it’s gotten worse as the season has progressed. With a handful of good episodes in between. It makes sense the rating have went down.

  29. Pat says:

    Yeah the figure skating was live at lieast for those of us watching on the east coast. (wonder what the ratings were from 11- midnight

    questions for west coast viewers. I assume NBC held off on showing the figure skating until the last two hours of their coverage? Or was it live for west coast viewers also

  30. S. says:

    Am I the only one that thinks that ABC was actually very clever? They aired GA, in a middle of a series of season lows against competition that was guaranteed to kick its but. These numbers have a strong influence of facing the Olympic Men’s Figure Skating free and final program, that is probably the most female skewed Olympic sport.

    What do they gain out of this? Season low that is viewed as associated to harsh competition, and not to the diminishing of the appeal of the show. Since it is not likely that the show is facing such competition until the rest of the season, they are not going to worry about how bad the weekly reminders in the press of new season/series lows make the show look until the end of the season.

    Also, in two weeks they can make a big media hoopla about how the show grew from the latest outing, and pretend that it is rebounding.

  31. Lisa says:

    It has not been a good season for Grey’s. George’s absence creates a hole, and Izzie being gone so much has really hurt. Those are two characters the show NEEDS. And in their place are those annoying Mercy West newbies, plus Teddy. I think Teddy has potential, but the Mercy West people just plain suck. Also, some of the experimental episodes this season have been boring. Last night’s mostly was. It was not very interesting to sit through an hour that was almost entirely flashbacks.

    The show can pull out of it, though. They had a slump last season and then got very good again.

  32. Jim says:

    Private Practice last night was one of the worst episodes of television I’ve ever seen. I watched a 15 year old get married for god’s sake.

  33. Frank says:

    I think Parenthood will debut to huge ratings because of the Olympics promotion.

  34. banni says:

    So, is it safe to say that flipping CSI and The Mentalist is a bad idea? For me yes eventhough they are repeats. Maybe CSI (new/repeat) can pick up more demo and viewers from Survivor than The Mentalist did.

  35. Acey says:

    Wow… Past Life canned after THREE episodes? Who does FOX think they are, The CW?!

  36. Holly says:

    So, is it safe to say that flipping CSI and The Mentalist is a bad idea

    What would cause you to draw that conclusion?

  37. kirrra says:

    Figure skating was not live in the Mountain Time zone. When it got late, I just got on the Internet to see who won instead of staying up to watch it.

  38. Stefan says:

    Ouch for Grey’s. And it’s a shame, too. Last night’s episode was one of the best this season, it focused more on the moments that defined them as doctors and as people (character development!) and less on who slept with whom. Plus the guest stars were top-notch.
    I’m amazed at how well PP held though. I predicted 2.3 and 7 million or less.
    I can’t help but compare GA + PP with DH + B&S. As far as this week goes, just take these ratings for both shows and subtract a million out of each and – voila! – you get Sunday’s ratings.
    Last year’s bad writing ran DH and B&S into the ground and now that they’re actually getting better no one’s around to watch.

    P.S. And why does everybody keep saying that Survivor beat Grey’s? They’re not even in the same timeslot. Technically Survivor has higher ratings but GA still wins the timeslot (or it will once the Olympic torture is over.)

  39. GEORGE 11 says:

    I thinks greys anatomy will be up again when the Olympic will over but i wonder why abc scheduled new episodes instead of repeats?
    However private practice held up nice.only 0.9 away from greys!
    as of the deep end i expect abc to air the last episode next week and after cancelled it!

  40. Tom says:

    “Wow… Past Life canned after THREE episodes? Who does FOX think they are, The CW?!”

    It was all but officially canceled when they cut the order (almost in half!) and then sent it to Thursday to die.

    Deep End would be yanked as well if it wasn’t the last episode airing vs. the Olympics.

  41. banni says:

    @Holly, because TM got only 1.9. Yesterday, CM on a more competetive night (against Idol and stronger Olympics) got also a 1.9 without a new episode lead-in. Yeah they are just repeats but TM should have repeated at least a couple of tenths higher in demo.

  42. Judy says:

    Holly, I think judging a repeat episode of The Mentalist opposite a first run Grey’s Anatomy episode is not the best way to see if The Mentalist should or shouldn’t be moved to the 9PM slot permanently in the future. I think CBS was just trying it out, but opposite the Olympics certainly didn’t help either.

  43. Holly says:

    because TM got only 1.9.

    OK, but a couple of weeks ago against much weaker competition, CSI only got a 2.0.

    , I think judging a repeat episode of The Mentalist opposite a first run Grey’s Anatomy episode is not the best way to see if The Mentalist should or shouldn’t be moved to the 9PM slot permanently in the future

    I agree. There is little to be concluded either way based on this one night. I was just wondering why banni thought it was so clear that this was a bad idea.

  44. moraliste says:

    Why not run an original GA against the Olympics? You can’t keep running and hiding forever. If Feb sweeps still matter, you show your original episodes now, and spin it later. Isn’t Survivor beating GA in 18-49 so far this winter? That’s got to be the real worry for ABC, not losing to the Olympics.

  45. thedemonhog says:

    With the recent declines of Grey’s Anatomy and House (and Desperate Housewives), I wonder if Lost can finish as the number one drama or scripted hour-long of the season. So far, it has averaged a 5.1.

  46. TvViewer says:

    When the Olympics are over, does anyone see NBC getting huge gains to their normal programming, or will it just return to the normal NBC ratings?

    I wonder what the premieres of Parenthood and Marriage Ref do, they have promoting those shows every second? Does anyone thing Parenthood is similar to Modern Family, but just not as good.

  47. MapleLeafer says:

    This is the highest Thursdays have been for NBC during the regular season since 2006 which ironically was the Olympics again.

    That’s a memo that the old Must See TV lineup needs to return.

    Skiing and snowboarding are bigger draws then they’ve ever been. Men’s Figure skating continues to ruin the ratings. I heard it was a great final but I didn’t catch it. If they had the drama like this for Female Skating next week then I could see it being a big-time 30+ million viewers showcase since Women’s Figure Skating is supposed to be the most popular event at the Winter Games.

    I like the idea of CBS flip flopping CSI: with The Mentalist. I wonder where CBS is going to put Hawaii Five-0 though?

  48. Sam says:

    What’s that sound i hear? It’s the sound of ABC Execs panicking. Sure the 10.2 million viewers is to blame because of the Olympics, but what ABC just did was burn it’s own signature series. When the olympics are over, i guarantee the series will not rebound that much. It has been sinking and hitting all time lows since November. “Grey’s” will probably not score any higher than 12 million.

    “Desperate Housewives” also has been hitting series low but it’s run this Season has been inconsistent. Grey’s has been steadily sinking, while Housewives hits series lows one week and then Season highs the next week, etc. ABC did burn a couple of episodes by airing them again competition like the “Golden Globes” and the “Grammy’s” but i can still see that show returning back to 12-13 million viewers after the olympics are over considering just in early January it reached over 15 million viewers on an airing.

  49. Diane says:

    I don’t know why ABC aired this episode of GA against the Olympics, it actually was a really good one — flashbacks to earlier times. I’m surprised they didn’t hold off until after the Olympics. It was the type of episode that indicates how GA can get its mojo back.

    And I agree with you @Jim, Private Practice was as awful as anything I’ve ever seen — or at least the few minutes I could stand to watch. Is ABC that hard-up? Or do they have an iron-clad agreement with Shondra to keep it on the air regardless of ratings or quality?

  50. AO23 says:

    When the Olympics are over, does anyone see NBC getting huge gains to their normal programming, or will it just return to the normal NBC ratings?

    I wonder what the premieres of Parenthood and Marriage Ref do, they have promoting those shows every second? Does anyone thing Parenthood is similar to Modern Family, but just not as good.


    I can see huge gains for at least half of their shows if people remember what days they come on. Marriage Ref sounds like it hit high then becomes a loser once it settles in. Parenthood which is going to be way better than Modern Family btw, has a chance of reaching 15 million viewers with the high-rated lead-in. I’m interesting to see what a Minute to Win will get? I hope it scores high because it looks decent.

  51. bob says:

    greys and PP will end after next year. I think abc will each give them notice for a final season sometime next year, and both will end. but without these two, greys as a ratings monster and PP as a solid 10pm performer, abc better find some replacements and FAST!

  52. banni says:

    Holly, sorry but I’m a little bit surprised with TM’s 1.9 knowing what a hit it was last season. Yeah I know they were just repeats. Maybe CBS knew this that’s why CSI remains at 9pm on March.

  53. Lucky says:

    @Sam and other Grey’s doubters: The show will rebound. Last night’s episode, while very good (You go Chief!), wasn’t even essential to the storylines currently running. It was very stand-alone in nature. Viewers can pick right up where they left off. If I recall correctly, Grey’s as well as DH, usually take first of the year dips before picking back up at the end of the season.

    @Holly: I agree, the trial run of TM at 9PM doesn’t really show one way or the the other if it’s a good idea for certain. Personally, I think it would be a good move.

  54. Cody says:

    So flash foward may not be dead

  55. banni says:

    Holly, btw, CSI was a new episode two weeks ago maybe a 3.3 same with TM. Last week, no CSI.

  56. Manar says:

    @ Sam, those series low were BECAUSE of the “Golden Globes” and the “Grammy’s”. I agree, though, it will bounce back. It can go to 13-14 million and maybe the season finale, IF ABC promotes it well, can reach 15 million, hopefully. :) Are you a fan of the show?

    @ Stefan, thank you! I was thinking that people need to know that DH has gotten better this season. I’m not saying that it can go back to 20 million, but at least 15-16 million.

  57. banni says:

    So, CBS will have Hawaii Five O and a CM spin-off. I’m smelling a big shuffle in its fall 2010 schedule considering the new and bubble shows.

  58. Stefan says:

    As much as I love PP (and I do) I can’t help but feel a bit jaded that ABC decided for that show to be “the chosen one”, because when Daisies, DSM, Stone and PP started slipping the only show they moved was PP because it’s Shonda’s. And they put it – conveniently – after GA. They never thought of moving some of the other shows around – DH would’ve been a perfect lead-in to Daisies and B&S to DSM (which was back when B&S could still afford to be a lead-in.)
    So yeah, I get what you mean about ABC playing favorites with Shonda’s shows.

    Shonda made a deal with ABC to keep GA running til 2012 – til the 8th season. I don’t know about PP but I think it’s realistic to assume it’ll end next year.

    Looks like ABC is, yet again, in a bit of a jam like back in 2004, when Lost, DH and Grey’s pulled them out. They also had B&S and PP pulling bigger numbers in the beginning but now it’s all looking kind of meek again… They need a big hit – and fast!

  59. Tony says:

    Don’t expect PP to end next season. It normally does great out of Grey’s and ABC always has the hardest time finding a show that does good after Grey’s. And ABC will keep Shonda happy by keeping PP around. and plus PP is ABC’s 3rd or 4th highest rated show. I expect it to go for at least a few more seasons.

  60. Holly says:

    Holly, btw, CSI was a new episode two weeks ago maybe a 3.3 same with TM

    OK, three weeks ago (1/28)

  61. AZTop says:

    I’m a big Survivor fan. However, it might be that Survivor got the numbers that it did based on what we all expect from NBC Olympic coverage. The early evening part of the broadcast isn’t going to have any medal performances. It was easy to switch over to NBC later, if you so desire.

    As a side note – it’s much more difficult when you DVR it at least on the DirecTV DVR I have. I get jammed up during the evening with cable stuff. You can’t pick part of NBC coverage when you already have a couple of shows scheduled in the middle. It’s a hassle.

  62. Stefan says:

    @ Tony:
    Yeah, you’re right. Don’t get me wrong, I love PP and I enjoy it once I block out what I feel ABC sacrificed to keep it around.
    And if nothing else, I’ll watch PP til the end because I love the cast.

  63. Frank says:

    AO23 wrote:

    “Parenthood which is going to be way better than Modern Family btw, has a chance of reaching 15 million viewers with the high-rated lead-in. I’m interesting to see what a Minute to Win will get? I hope it scores high because it looks decent.”

    Parenthood could very definitely get 15 million because of the Olympics promotion.

  64. Chuckme2 says:

    Grey’s anatomy turned into a bunch of whores sleeping with other people. It happened about a month ago and ratings have been slipping. Wonder why. lol

    America’s needs quality televison not this crap where no one seems to have any morals.

  65. Frank says:

    Robert, you ought to do a post on the article below.
    “Many of its new shows, including a Jerry Seinfeld comedy venture “The Marriage Ref” and family drama series “Parenthood,” debut in March and are being heavily promoted to Winter Olympics viewers between ice-dancing and speed skating.

    “I think they have made the most of the opportunity they had. They timed this well for the potential to really promote these replacement shows,” said David Bank, media analyst with RBC Capital Markets.

    “They are positioning their shows really well for a first look. The question is, will they have the legs to stand on their own? And the answer to that is unclear,” Bank said.”

  66. Alex says:

    For all of you people saying Grey’s and Private Practice are going to get cancelled: you’re crazy! There is no way these shows are going to be cancelled! No way! They are two of the best performing shows the network has! Although the ratings have slid down quite a bit, I know they will rebound.

    And BTW: Desperate Housewives has gotten better this year, even though Nicollette isn’t on it anymore.

  67. bob says:


    greys or PP has nothing to with Flashfoward returning. are you trying to say that abc would renew flashfoward over greys anatomy or private practice? cuz thats kinda wat it sounds like, and thats just not going to happen.

    Greys and PP are two longtime ratings performers for abc, and they will both return, their ratings this year have been well beyond good enough.

    Flashfowards survival is based on the other newer dramas on abc; such as: V, the Deep End, Castle,The forgotten, and how Happy Town performs when it premieres. Thats who flashfoward fans should be keeping an eye on, not shows like greys or PP.

  68. Acey says:

    As Holly mentioned, CBS flipping The Mentalist and CSI accomplished nothing, and isn’t indicative of how those shows would do when they air originals. To me, they’ve been toying around with CSI too much this season (bumped last week for Survivor) to really give it a go at 10. Forget it for this year, and debut it at 10 in the fall.

  69. samantha says:

    In regards to Greys and PP, ABC are working on 2 new medica dramas one of which is a Shonda creation (replacements?) and also Ellen Pompeo’s current contract only takes her to the end of next season and she has no plans to extend it! Who is going to watch the show when the title character isnt even there anymore?

    I expect Greys will rebound after the olympics to some extent, but I can see it continuing to drop for the rest of the season! Though I hear KH is back in April and Karev’s brother will be dropping in as a patient, so people may tune back in to find out more about his family!

  70. JNewt says:

    The Olympics have been good not only for NBC but for all of broadcast television as there’s something finally on TV that 30 million people are watching every night.

    This has been the best installment ever for the Winter Games all-around surpassing the 1980, 1994, and 2002 games. Lots of buzz and the growth of sports that used to didn’t get high viewership. The only thing its missing is America’s little darling Sasha Cohen.

  71. Vetinari says:

    CBS should have run an all NCIS night for guys who don’t want to watch figure skating.

  72. Acey says:

    Vetinari, if CBS wanted to get as high a rating as possible, they would have aired a Big Bang repeat, which would have netted mid 3’s as it did on Monday. But that is exactly why they shot 2 Survivor’s back to back, so they’d have more originals available.

  73. DenverDean says:

    One big difference with CSI and GA. CSI has just about completed 10 full seasons. GA will only be at barely 5.5 (remember season 1 only had 9 episodes). GA is slipping far faster than CSI has and that has to be troubling to ABC. I mean 10MM viewers? Yikes!

  74. Stefan says:

    @ DenverDean:
    There’s no such thing as 5.5 seasons. The first season was shortened because it started airing midseason. But as far as the network is concerned, the series started in the 2004-2005 television season and that’s all that matters. And if you’re referring to number of episodes, I think it will ultimately be made up for because every other season has had more than 22 episodes so if it finishes after, say, 8 seasons I’m fairly sure the episode no. will be ~176.

    @ Samantha:
    I’d take Grey’s without Meredith’s bland character any day :)
    And trust me, many would! If Bailey or Christina or Callie were to leave – then they’d be having a problem on their hands.

  75. Alex says:

    Whilst I would agree that you can’t really read anything results wise into CBS flipping The Mentalist and CSI repeats its interesting that they did it and they must of thought they’d get something out of it.

  76. TV-aholic says:

    I still do not understand ABC’s strategy against the Olympics. They are the most agressive against the games, compared to CBS and FOX, and yet, they are losing the battle.

    FOX will hold strong with AI and CBS will do decent with its repeats, but ABC will not fair well with Originals and may lose ground come March and April when they have more repeats than the other three networks.

  77. Jane says:

    I wonder how much NBC paid CBS to just roll over and die, airing nothing but reruns against the Olympics.

    Ironically the biggest night for Vancouver so far is a night without ANY skating! Last night’s men’s final got a HH 14.5/24, Wednesday with Vonn/White they got 16.7/27. Does this mean skiing & snowboarding have finally surpassed skating as the most popular sport of the Winter Games?

  78. Robert says:

    Wow Greys got crushed by the olympics!

  79. Robert says:

    All I’m reading here is a bunch of talk about how badly grey’s and private practice were. Is nobody impressed by Survivor? For a show in it’s 20th season, pulling in those numbers is pretty impressive (and very telling about its longevity). Or, maybe I’m just an obsessed fan ;)

  80. 728huey says:

    ABC primetime – turning into NBC primetime in a couple of years.

    Like I said before, ABC has been nearly as miserable with their programming this season as NBC, but they didn’t have the spectacular failure of Jay Leno for all the media to pontificate about. Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and Brothers and Sisters are showing their age, Lost is leaving, and Dancing With the Stars is no longer a spring chicken. They’re making a positive step with their comedy block, but their 10:00 pm slot was just as bad as Leno. If they don’t turn that around soon, everyone will be talking about putting ABC out to pasture.

  81. Acey says:

    @Jane, no it means the U.S. didn’t have any really high profile skaters this year. And as far as NBC worrying about CBS airing originals… never. Did you see what the Olympics did to American Idol a couple nights ago? Smacked it up real good. CBS’ old skewing Tuesday-Friday lineup wouldn’t have done any better.

    As for next week, CBS is showing the swap again next week, though that MIGHT change. The Mentalist returns to 10 pm with “Red Herring” on 3/4.

  82. Clark says:

    Not so good repeats for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and SUPERNATURAL.

  83. Denise says:

    I actually watched Past Life last night. Didn’t like it a bit.

  84. Ben Thompson says:

    Greys has just proved this week that it cannot last 9 seasons. Desperate Housewives should end next season. Seven seasons are really good and if ABC announces a final season next year it’s ratings will perk up and the finale could be a 4-5 year high

  85. Chris says:

    I bet most of the people that are slamming Greys didn’t see last nights episode. While I agree this season hasn’t been as good as seasons gone by, last nights episode was well above average. The story line was original and the guest stars did a great job.

  86. Alex says:

    Last night’s Grey’s Anatomy was amazing! Loved all of the flashback stories!

  87. Kelly says:

    Last night’s Grey’s Anatomy episode was just plain boring. Grey’s has been hurt this season by the loss of George and with Izzie’s absence. IMO adding the Mercy West characters was a huge misstep and some of the other stupid story lines they’ve introduced have fallen flat, the lame, contrived Teddy-Owen-Cristina triangle for example. The show is all over the place. They’ve lost many loyal viewers as a result.

  88. D says:

    It isn’t the olympics hurting grey’s. The ratings have been going down the last two or three weeks because the show is now horrible.

  89. moraliste says:

    Brrrrr. Crossing ABC fans ( that is, just reading the numbers to them ) is like poking a sleeping poodle in the nose with a sharp stick. But the gossip, assuming it isn’t more than that, about GA is interesting. … @Fellow blue creature above: I noted, before your question, that Survivor was the real winner of the contest, tho I didn’t know GA was a clip or flashback episode.

  90. AtCat says:

    Isn’t it odd that in 2006 everything else has beating Olympic coverage?

  91. ern. says:

    i haven’t been watching much tv…i even missed Grey’s (which i haven’t done all season)

    it looked like just a clips episode anyways………not for me.

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