ABC lost Scandal this season, but it’s making sure it’s still in the Shondaland business. The alphabet network just renewed Grey’s Anatomy for a fifteenth season. It now becomes the longest-running primetime drama series in ABC history.
“Grey’s Anatomy has a special place in my heart, and millions of viewers feel the same way,” ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.”
During its fourteenth season, the medical drama is still a powerhouse, actually improving from last season by three percent in total viewers. It’s the network’s No. 1 drama in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
The renewal isn’t much of a surprise given that Ellen Pompeo signed a lucrative two-year deal earlier this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pompeo’s deal brings her to $575,000 per episode. Add that to her producing fee and backend on the spin-off, as well as deals in place with her Calamity Jane production company, and she’ll reportedly net more than $20 million a year. This makes Pompeo the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama.
With the renewal, Grey’s Anatomy now ties ER which ran for 15 seasons. Given Pompeo’s deal, Grey’s has the potential to overtake it.
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