As many fans have heard by now, Grey's Anatomy is coming back for Season 11 — but at 8 p.m. ET on Thursdays instead of 9 p.m.
This change was made in service of an All Shonda Rhimes All the Time Thursday night. Grey's will be followed by smash hit Scandal at 9 p.m.; and Shonda's latest show, How to Get Away With Murder, will fill in the 10 p.m. slot. But is this move a good one for the show that made Shonda famous in the first place?
In a recent conference call with reporters, ABC president Paul Lee fielded questions from reporters who wondered if the super sexy Grey's is really appropriate for 8 p.m. — a timeslot that some think should be reserved for more family-friendly fare. Lee didn't seem concerned with that, insisting that he's confident Grey's will do well in the timeslot and finishing the call off by insisting, "I think Grey’s going to be fine" and adding that it will be "appropriate."
Honestly, given that ABC filled the timeslot in 2012 with Last Resort, a show about potential nuclear war, we don't think Grey's' content is much of an issue.
The bigger question is if Grey's will be able to maintain its ratings in a timeslot that has been notoriously difficult for ABC in the recent past. The last few years are littered with the corpses of new shows that failed at that hour. But maybe that's an argument for moving Grey's there, since it has so many loyal fans who will probably stick by the show no matter where it falls on the schedule.
What do you think: Is moving Grey's Anatomy to 8 p.m. a bad idea, or will fans stick by it no matter what? Vote in our reaction buttons, and sound off in the comments below!