Perhaps most Grey's Anatomy fans - those who opted to stay and those who up and left - would agree that this season of the hit medical dramedy took a while to heat up. The first part of the season sucked, for the most part, then it got better, and eventually got its groove back. Off the top of my head, it was the Dead!Denny! (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) storyline that did it for most Grey's fans. Maybe Izzie's (Katherine Heigl) ex-fiancÃ© lingered at Seattle Grace far too long. And now that Izzie's cancer is out in the open and the visions o' Denny finally make (a little) sense, the damage is unfortunately irreparable and today, Grey's is still suffering the backlash of too many people tuning out.
The last episode of Grey's Anatomy reeled in 13.2 million viewers, which, while it placed second in its timeslot, is considerably less than there were at this time last year. One year ago, the episode was "Where the Wild Things Are," and while this installment had little consequence to the overall arc of the series, interestingly, it was on this episode when the new residents started their surgical contest, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) was dating Rose, and Callie (Sara Ramirez) started her "friendship" with Hahn (Brooke Smith). Makes you kind of wistful, doesn't it?
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last episode - which showcased, among others, a heartbreaking scene courtesy of Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and doe-eyed Jessica and funny Spanish dialogues from Calliope - saw a 20 percent drop since its last new episode from almost a month back. And it was even a good episode!
What does this mean? Most television critics are in unison that Grey's Anatomy
has regained the groove it lost since Denny made his protracted apparitions. Izzie's cancer, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek getting married, the tension between Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd), Callie's bout with her daddy, and George's (TR Knight) ongoing tiff with Karev (Justin Chambers) have been entirely watchable and entertaining.
Why this excitement hasn't translated into bigger numbers is anybody's guess. However, it's interesting to note that at least as far as last season is concerned, Grey's Anatomy
follows this trend - the ratings will peak for the premiere, then go down consistently up until the finale, when it experiences an abrupt jump.
From the looks of the storylines, things are going well on Grey's
today. Judging from the ratings, however, few former fans or new viewers seem to take notice. Therefore, I don't expect the improved quality of Grey's
to reflect on the ratings. I just hope the finale - one of the most anticipated episodes this season - will live up to the now huge expectations.
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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