Grey's Anatomy Second in Ratings

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Reviews of last night's season premiere of Grey's Anatomy have been strong, but the show fell significantly in ratings compared to a year ago, when Season 3 premiered amid a Meredith-Derek-Finn love cliffhanger.

With 24.9 million viewers, CSI outperformed its own 2006 opener by some 13 percent, and in doing so, trumped ABC's Grey's Anatomy, which garnered 20.5 million (down from last fall's 25.15 million).

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Although Grey's Anatomy fared better among advertisers' key demographics, this is Gil Grissom & Co.'s biggest margin of victory over the ABC titan. The Office (9.67 million) also bested its previous premiere by 670,000.

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i know what Burke did behind the scenes but i miss his charcter he was so talented and a great actor. him and christina were so great for each other!!
i hate the whole george/callie/izzie thing geez george and callie should work at least!
meredith and derek pfft they are whacked!!
and whatever else ive been let down but i will stay a fan and keep watching


I have been looking forward to the season premiere all summer......
I agree that it was not the best season premiere but the last 5 minutes left with some hope. I am a very big fan of MerDer, even though they are technically broken up, I was screaming at my TV saying kiss her! and I was so happy when he did!
The Lexie character will have to grow on me ... I am still gonna give the show a chance, I have no choice, cause I am addicted.
After watching the first 10 minutes of Private Practice I changed channels and watched the Bionic Woman - which I will watch again! I hope that Private Practice doesn't last (sorry), allowing Addison to return to SGH, where she belongs!!!!


i've been waiting for this day since june 7. i feel so vindicated right now for what they did to isaiah.


Boy, I'm glad I found you guys. The blog on is mostly people who just LOVED the season opener, and I thought it had a lot to be desired. Glad to know I'm not the only one who felt like it didn't have the usual Grey's power & excitement.
I do really miss Burke.


Well its official, I miss Burke already and forever, he was what was missing from the premiere. Its going to be hard to replace him and Christina for me, they had such great chemistry and they are both great actors. I think it was really noticable that Burke and Addison were gone, but I'm going to keep watching, there is no way we can solve all the problems from season three in the premiere, don't jump ship yet everyone! I think it will get better, and I think its going to be interesting to see Callie redeem herself with George and her job, we will see the claws come out! I don't think Meredith should have been so stuck up to her sister, that was dumb, she acted so stuck up at the end. Hope that ends.


Very disappointing opening. I will give it another episode, but will give up if there is no improvement. The dialog was amateurish.


GA is addictive and I will watch it faithfully. That said, the season premiere lacked the thrill I usually get from the show. The teams of interns under the new residents dilute the story line and interfere with the interactions among the stars. Regardless of Isaih Washington's obtuse behavior, he was a fabulous character and it is less of a show without him. Performance is more important than personality. We all have to work with people who are obnoxious. Why should the GA team be any different than the rest of the world?
Was there anything more electrifying than he and Christina interacting? What a loss!
Re: New interns - Meredith's sister leaves me cold. The attraction between she and McDreamy is too contrived. Very amateur soap opera-ish. George and Izzy - Let's not overdo it. Callie ought to get written out of the script. She is a deepwell of disappointment - Disappointment when george marries her, Disappointment when she wants to have a baby, disappointment when she starts building friendships with other female docs - disappointment when she takes the stage from Bailey. When she enters a scene, the authenticity of the other characters wanes. She sucks the real life dynamics out of every scene she is in.
After one episode of Private practice, i think we can expect Addison's return. Loser. We'll see if the dynamics can be maintained. Tighten up the story line. We have characters we have grown to love, with all their gifts and foibles. Don't try to replace them. If you can't carry on a plot line without introducing 10 new characters, wind this up and start a new show.


Well said, Kathy and Claire. Shonda, we all told you so. Maybe you should have listened, instead of sitting on your high horse.


This cannot be a surprise. We all saw it coming. During the summer, Grey's Anatomy (normally a winner in rerun ratings, was at times ranked third behind FOX all summer) in ratings. Fans got in to both the Office and CSI. Critics kept saying, there is something else to return to this fall because of what GA delivered in it's third seaon (which wasn't all that good) that fans now were investing in other television and would make that move. Some wanted to say people would watch GA no matter what, but long time GA fans KNEW; deliver low quality and even the die hard GA fans had every right to move on to better...and that's what nearly five million did. The sent a message to Shonda Rhimes. Let's hope she's listening. And even though the show still did very well, the amount of viewers who left was VERY significant. What CSI ended up giving people with it's season opener was not only loved by fans but critics were highly impressed (where critics were mixed on GA's Season Four Premeire) One critic titled his oniline review as "When Grey's Anatomy Jumped the Deer" Funny, but there's a little bit of truth there. Look, I LOVE GA, but even at the Emmy's a reporter said "Grey's has A LOT to prove to fans again." That statement could not be more true. The problem is, fan may not return no matter what Shonda gives them now. Once trust in quality is gone, it's a hard thing to get back. Just ask the makers of LOST, the quality came back after a dissapointing season two, but the ratings they once had, did not. Grey's will still be strong. When fans left both LOST and Desperate Housewives, though the ratings drop was felt, the shows still rank very high, but the fans have now spoken. When they said to GA is "we have options now" THEY MEANT IT. Private Practice should have cleaned up in ratings by GA's popularity alone and guess what? It was almost neck in neck in ratings to the Bionic Woman and fans said, the following week they will return to Bionic Woman and because what CSI gave fans in it's opening way beyond great, chances are, those who jumped ship, might just stay on the ride they are on now rather than GA too. That's the price paid when you have on set fights, firings and a low quality to a show once so endearing. You can't just think the fans will accept anything. They are smarter and have more choices now than to just sit still and take anything. Grey's is a favorite, I'm here with it for now, but the creator must realize what was done in S3 and really make the changes it's gonna take to get it back. It won't happen in two further episodes. It will be a season long thing to prove to fans as it took a season for the fans to turn. And though I love this show, now that Shonda has this AND Private Practice, I'll be hoping, but not surprised by the backlash to what was done to the storylines and characters in season three.


Last year, I counted down the days until the premiere. This year, I counted down the days until The Office premiere. Then, I watched Grey's online the next day. That is to say, I haven't given up, but I came close. Shonda grossly miscalculated last year, and this year is going to have to resemble Season 1 and the early part of Season 2 to get me to watch it live on Thursdays.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Derek: I am calling post-it, Zola, Bailey, the tumors on the wall, ferryboat scrub caps. I thought D.C. was everything. I was wrong. You... you're everything. I love you and I'm not going to stop loving you. I can't live without you. I don't want to live without you, and I'm going to do everything in my power to prove it.
Meredith: I can live without you, but I don't want to. I don't ever want to.