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Scandal may have said goodbye, but Grey's Anatomy isn't going anywhere. ABC has renewed the Shonda Rhimes series for Season 15, and it looks as though fans who can't get enough of the goings on at Grey Sloan Memorial won't have to worry about the show getting dropped from the network anytime soon. The renewal wasn't just a celebration for fans, however, as the show officially got the honor of the longest-running primetime drama in the history of the network with its new season.
ABC's renewal of Grey's Anatomy was a no-brainer, as the medical drama has posted strong ratings throughout Season 14. Though the show's viewership and rating numbers have fallen in the past few years, the series is still averaging a 2.0 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic and 7.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen Live+same day ratings. Variety reported that the show's lost numbers in the ratings are only a few percentage points compared to the double-digit drops by other shows, and the decline hasn't hurt the show's title as one of ABC's top-rated series.
ABC can only hope Grey's Anatomy remains in that top spot, because the network will only have limited opportunities to maintain the success it has gotten through the work of executive producer Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes, whose production studio Shondaland has provided a sizeable amount of primetime entertainment for the network over the past decade, is making the jump to Netflix to create original content for the streaming platform. Though she'll be developing new shows for Netflix, Grey's Anatomy fans can breathe easy, as Rhimes will continue to serve as an executive producer for the series, as well as the rest of her currently running ABC shows.
As for what's ahead on Grey's Anatomy, the show will continue to switch things up with its cast members, because Season 14 will say goodbye to longtime cast members Sarah Drew (April Kepner) and Jessica Capshaw (Arizona Robbins). Not much has been revealed about the future of the series beyond that, but ABC's two-year extension of star Ellen Pompeo's contract would appear to ensure that the show is guaranteed a return for Season 16 as well. Will the series still be as strong two years from now as it is currently? All shows decline with age, although Grey's Anatomy now officially has a decade and a half of proof that it might be the exception to the rule.
Grey's Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. As the world moves further into 2018 more and more television shows are making their premiere each and every day. Those who may be unaware just how much television is premiering should visit our midseason premiere guide and summer premiere guide to see what's on the way.