‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Premiere Ratings Prove the Show’s Success
Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 Episode 3, Meredith Grey, Nathan Riggs
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Premiere Ratings Prove the Show’s Success

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Grey's Anatomy might not be pulling in 20 million-plus viewers like it did in its first few years, but the veteran ABC drama is still dominating the competition, as the ratings for the Season 13 premiere prove.

8.8 million Americans (including 2.5 percent of all 18-to-49-year-olds) watched the September 22 episode live or later that day, according to Deadline.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13, Jerrika Hinton, Caterina Scorsone, Kelly McCreary
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And within three days, 11.6 million (including 3.6 percent of that 18-to-49 demo) had watched the installment.

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The episode was already the highest-rated and most-watched show that night, but those “live+3” ratings just widen its lead.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 12, Justin Chambers, Jessica Capshaw
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Grey’s will likely continue ranking at #1 until Halloween or so, when CBS’s Thursday Night Football ends and hugely-watched sitcom The Big Bang Theory returns to its usual Thursday at 8 p.m. timeslot.

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These numbers are just the latest good news for Shondaland after Season 12 did so well. Excluding football broadcasts, Grey’s was the #4 primetime broadcast series last season — in terms of “live+7” ratings in 18-49 demo — behind only The X-Files, The Big Bang Theory, and Empire. (And it was #1 among ABC shows.)