ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Finale Dominates ‘American Idol’ & Finishes Its Best Season in Three Years

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Grey's Anatomy Season 10 Finale

via press release:

ABC Thursday Prime (8-11pm – 5.5 million and 1.4/5 in AD18-49):  With a repeat Grey’s Anatomy at 8pm, the season finale of Grey’s at 9pm and Black Box at 10pm, ABC finished #1 on Thursday with Women 18-34 for the 12th week in a rowABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was the #2 TV show of the night in Adults 18-49, behind only CBS’ The Big Bang Theory finale, and beating the Idol-Thursday finale.

Grey’s Anatomy (9-10pm –  8.6 million and 2.5/8 in AD18-49):  More than quadrupling its Adult 18-49 lead-in at 9pm (+317%), ABC’s season finale of Grey’s Anatomy shot up to dominate its hour by 25% over runner up Fox’s finale of Idol-Thursday (2.5/8 vs. 2.0/6). The show also won its hour over Idol in Total Viewers, Adults 18-34 and Adults 25-54.


  • Grey’s was up over its week-ago Fast Affiliate numbers in Total Viewers (+15% – 8.6 million vs. 7.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (+9% – 2.5/8 vs. 2.3/7)  Please Note: Last week’s telecast adjusted up in the National ratings by nearly 500k viewers and by 2-tenths in Adults 18-49.   Among Adults 25-54, the show was up 7% to equal its best number since its mid-season return in February – since 2/27/14.


  • On average, Grey’s Anatomy finished out its 10th season with gains in both Total Viewers (+10% – 12.1 million vs. 11.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (+5% – 4.3/12 vs. 4.1/11), delivering its highest numbers in 4 and 3 years, respectively – since the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Grey’s is the 2013-14 season’s #1 broadcast drama in Adults 18-49 (tie) and Adults 18-34.


Black Box (10-11pm –  4.2 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49):  In the 10pm hour, ABC’s Black Box beat the final hour of NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby mini-series by 14% in Total Viewers (4.2 million vs. 3.7 million) and tied in Adults 18-49 rating (1.1/4).  In addition, the ABC drama ranked #1 in the hour with Women 18-34 and Women 18-49, leading CBS’ Elementary finale by 83% and 13%, respectively.


  • Black Box held even with its week’s Fast Affiliate Adult 18-49 rating.


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