Katherine’s popular new medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has been picked up by ABC for the 2005-2006 season. The network has ordered an additional 13 episodes. With four shows from the current season also being held back for the fall, a total of 17 will be broadcast.
Ranking a dominant No. 1 in its time period, “Grey’s Anatomy” leads its closest competition by 7.2 million viewers (17.8 million vs. 10.6 million – CBS) and beats the combined delivery of CBS and NBC by 22% among Adults 18-49 (7.7/19 vs. 6.3/15). Along with delivering ABC’s best audience retention yet coming out of “Desperate Housewives,” the new show is also producing ABC’s strongest series performance in the hour in more than four years. “Grey’s Anatomy” qualifies as the most-watched new midseason drama on all of television in 12 years (since CBS’ “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” in 1993) and in 13 years among Adults 18-49 (since ABC’s “Indiana Jones Chronicles” in 1992).
For more information and the full ABC press release check out Katherine Heigl Online.