TV Ratings: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Has Smallest Premiere Ever

The long-running medical drama still leads Thursday’s broadcast slate among adults 18-49.

Though it finished first on the broadcast networks among adults 18-49 Thursday, Grey’s Anatomy drew the smallest premiere audience in the show’s history. NFL Network scored a three-year high for its Thursday Night Football telecast.

Grey’s Anatomy opened its 18th season to 4.77 million viewers and a 0.77 rating among adults 18-49, in line with where it ended last season but a good ways behind its fall 2020 debut (5.93 million and 1.3). Its lead-in, Station 19, was the most watched show on the broadcast nets Thursday (5.04 million viewers) and was just behind Grey’s in the key ad demographic with a 0.76. Big Sky premiered with 3.13 million viewers and a 0.37 in the demo, on par with its numbers at the end of last season. (All three shows will grow substantially with delayed viewing.

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