ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy' Emerges as the Week's Number 1 Drama

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December 24th, 2012

via press release:

Live + 7 Day Ratings for the week of 12/3/12 (Week #11):


Based on Nielsen’s TV playback data for the week, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy emerged as TV’s definitive #1 drama for the week in Adults 18-49 (4.8 rating), leading runner-up CBS’ Criminal Minds by 12% (4.3) in the final Live + 7 numbers. In the initially reported Live + Same day ratings, the ABC drama tied the CBS drama among young adults. In addition, Grey’s was the week’s biggest drama gainer in Adults 18-49 (+1.8 rating points).


Along with the week’s biggest drama gainer in Adults 18-49, ABC also claimed the 2 biggest drama gainers in Total Viewers with Castle (+4.07 million viewers) and Grey’s Anatomy (+3.76 million). Further, the winter finale of Nashville stood as the biggest gainer of any new series this week, jumping an impressive +1.2 rating points (+63%) to a 3.1 rating in the final Live + 7 numbers. The new ABC drama continued to top the time-shifted gains of NBC’s competing rookie drama in Wednesday’s 10 o’clock hour, Chicago Fire (+0.7 rating points or +37%).


  • · ABC had 5 shows gain more than 2.00 million viewers from their initially reported totals via TV playback: Castle (+4.07 million), Grey’s Anatomy (+3.76 million), Nashville (+2.79 million), Private Practice (+2.35 million) and Scandal (+2.33 million).


  • · Among Adults 18-49, ABC delivered 4 of the Top 10 biggest time-shifted gainers (tying CBS for the most), with each show adding on at least +1.1 rating points over their first-reported Live + Same Day numbers: Grey’s Anatomy (+1.8 rating – 3.0 to 4.8), Nashville (+1.2 rating – 1.9 to 3.1), Castle (+1.2 rating – 1.7 to 2.9) and Private Practice (+1.1 rating – 1.2 to 2.3).


Please note: ABC’s Modern Family was a repeat this week, while the Net’s Sunday line-up was pre-empted for the Hallmark movie: Christmas with Holly.


Season-to-Date TV Playback (9/24/12-12/9/12):


Based on TV playback data for the 2012-13 season, ABC’s Modern Family is the season’s biggest gainer via time-shifted viewing in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, adding on +4.43 million viewers and +2.2 rating points. ABC’s Nashville adds on +1.2 rating points over its Live + Same Day number, standing as the season’s #2 new show in time-shifted gains.


  • · With Modern Family (7.1 rating) and Grey’s Anatomy (5.1), ABC claims this season’s #1 comedy and #1 broadcast drama, respectively, in the key young adult demo, based on original telecasts.


Source: The Nielsen Company, as dated. Based on regular, original telecasts only.

  • askmelast79

    Time to gag. I don’t like that show at all.

  • Hillbilly

    When “Winter Break” is over & no football on Thursday night Person Of Interest will destroy Grey’s Anatomy. :grin:

  • rob60990

    Destroy? LMAO

  • lll

    LMAO yourself. It’s true. POI will crush Greys.

  • Scandalfan

    POI crushing GA? Not going to happen.

  • Cory

    Show with 4+ lead-in can’t beat 9 year old show, truly pathetic and the fact POI fans make most stupid excuses about their underperforming show.

  • MissyLady

    The current GA interns are awful.

  • mvyum

    Grey’s Anatomy & Shonda Rhimes: Ruling TV since 2005 in the face of all the reality crap.

  • SarahL

    I am pleased for Grey’s which I think has been mostly good this season.

  • Melissax

    Why can’t I comment

  • Melissa

    All year Person of Interest fans have been claiming that their show will emerge as a hit, and week after week it gets the same 2.9.

  • Melissa

    Also, was I blocked or something? I haven’t been able to post comments the past few days.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Go Grey’s , pathetic poi doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in Grey’s threads, poi fans: Stay pressed.

  • askmelast79

    You grays fans going to be silent when POI passes dishwater dull grays during post football season? I’m betting the answer is yes.

    Soon. Very soon.

  • Cory

    Oh please, TWD goes against SNF and it has almost twice bigger demo that POI and it’s on cable, maybe ABC, FOX, NBC and all cable channels should just quit programming at Thursday 9pm so your underperforming show could hit 3 in demo.

  • askmelast79

    POI will be renewed for Season 3. Not even worried. :)

  • mcyum

    lol and grey’s FB page has almost 19 million fans. Must be doing something right.

  • askmelast79

    Thought this was notable.,0,1937498.htmlstory

    Wait, do I see GA on that list? Not even in the top 20????

  • Juan

    To grey’s always going strong, it’s still my fav show after all these years, even if its going down on ratings, it’s still numer one, and even when its going down, another Rhonda shines show is coming up go ABC

  • rob60990

    LOL, of course a POI fan would brag about meaningless total viewers. CBS has been hyping this non hit since the beginning. It has the best lead-in out of all of CBS’ other 9pm shows yet it is only doing better than critically acclaimed flop The Good Wife & aging CSI:NY which airs on Friday. It took 9 episodes of Grey’s this season to tie it. In POI whole run, it only beat Grey’s once by a measly tenth and tied it once last season and now only once this season. Considering it has a lead-in 3-4x bigger, that’s pretty pathetic. POI would crash if it had to air with a 1.0 lead-in every week.

    But hey, I’m not delusional. I fully expect POI to beat Grey’s again since Grey’s is in its 9th season but it won’t be more than a couple of tenths. POI will never be as successful as Grey’s Anatomy. It will be lucky to run 5 seasons.

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