Grey’s Anatomy Cut From Primetime
TVNZ 2 is relegating Grey’s Anatomy to late-night after weeks of dismal ratings for the long-running hospital drama.
As of this week, the Tuesday broadcast will shift from 9.30 to 10.25.
It will be replaced by a new season of Paranormal Caught on Camera.
The change means that 2 Broke Girls will now air at 11.15 instead of 10.20, and only three episodes will screen back-to-back, not four.
TVNZ 2 is dropping Grey’s from primetime nine episodes into season 17.
The ratings have been lousy for most of the season, partly due to it having already streamed OnDemand.
The combination of many more viewers choosing to watch online, especially when episodes are fast-tracked, and series of this age typically losing more viewers every season, it’s not surprising the linear audience has shrunk to an all-time low.
Not even the return of Wentworth as a stronger lead-in than Amazing Grace and Toddlers Behaving (Very) Badly was able to arrest the decline.
In the US, however, the 2020-2021 season was the No. 1 entertainment series among adults 18-49 and as ABC’s No. 1 show this season in both total viewers (8.3 million) and adults 18-49, Deadline reports.
With 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms, Grey’s Anatomy averages over 15 million total viewers (15.7 million) this season and delivers a 6.18 rating among adults 18-49, marking an increase of 4% over its prior season.
Last week it was announced Kate Walsh would reprise her role as Addison Forbes Montgomery in multiple episodes of S18.