Editorial: Grey's Anatomy Only in Stable Condition

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Melanie McFarland of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes that lately, her conversations about Grey's Anatomy tend to kick off in the same way.

Try asking someone other than the most hard-core fan what they think about a recent episode, or how a former regular feels about the series itself. In response, you're likely to get more of a pause than praise.

"I don't dislike it," a friend said, sighing heavily. "It's just not must-see viewing anymore." That doesn't bode well for a Thursday night stalwart.

In some sense, Greys Anatomy producers should take this as a sign they're doing something right. Viewers haven't left. It's just that Seattle Grace's surgeons, new residents and their romantic entanglements seem to sometimes inspire more of a passive-aggressive stance among viewers than before.

In terms of ratings, Grey's Anatomy is still holding its own, with the premiere and the subsequent two episodes coming in a close second behind CSI and winning the all-important top slot in the 18-to-49 demographic.

But what about fans' feelings? Well ... we don't hate you, Grey's Anatomy, we just don't like you as much as we should. We won't leave you, but we need to let you know in the gentlest way possible that you're harshing our mellow.

Gizzie / O'Mizzie

With only three new episodes aired, people are still ready to forgive Greys Anatomy for serving up a Season 3 that many felt was so ... so-so.

There's no reason the steamiest hospital in prime time, with its armada of hot residents and internsw, messy romances and a dramatic felony in George and Izzie, can't right itself by sweeps. But that requires a few minor surgeries.

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I live in Seattle and I remember reading this article. I kind of agree with her. The show makes me depressed not happy. But I'm too addicted to it so I watch it anyways...


Hi Kathy Can i just say i agree with everything you´ve said espiecally with the things you said about Derek & Meredith. I also think they´d make an amazing married couple.


Gosh, I thought the article was alittle harsh! I really think everybody is expecting too much too fast! We have just started the season back and I think we all need to have patience to where we think all the storylines should go! I think things still had to start back alittle "dark and twisty" from last season to be able to move forward into this season. I think the season has started out well so far! Much funnier, lighter and naturally there is drama and we'll always have that...but I think GA is heading back to what we have all grown to love about this show! I naturally wish.... like Patrick Dempsey said in his EW weekly interview that "Derek and Meredith should get married". I think the show needs a stable realtionship and there could be so many storylines that could be drawn from them as a married couple. But who knows, we'll have to wait and see what Shonda has in store for us.
I really wish people would not be so critical of the show just getting started back, I really think things are headed in the right direction and everyone just needs to be patient. Like the old saying says........Good things come to those who wait!
And us loyal GA fans will be right there with them all the way!
Also, GA has won the demo (18-49) all 3 weeks (which is very good for the network) more so than overall viewers from what I read and has been the top recorded show for tivo recordings! It has also increased ratings from week to week even though it has come in behind CSI. So that is certainly impressive, I'd say!


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.


If I did my job well, it's not because people listened to me. It's because they believed in me. Believed that I knew them well enough and believed in them enough to tell them how and when to use their brilliance.