Their deaths may have been emotionally manipulative, but the (likely) passing of both George and Izzie was also a ratings bonanza for Grey's Anatomy.
The season-five finale shocked 17.5 million with its finale. Overall, the series averaged a night-best 16.4 million from 9 to 11 p.m.
Among other primetime pickings:
- The third season finale of 30 Rock was down one million eyeballs from its season average, earning 5.7 million viewers.
- Southland (4.6 million) saw a season low in viewers.
- Airing at 8 p.m., the conclusion to Bones' fourth-season earned 8.7 million viewers.
- All competition considered, Ugly Betty (6.8 million) did okay... and has next Thursday all to itself for its season finale