Following Grey’s Anatomy With Principal Lady Ellen Pompeo signing a new contract to continue playing Meredith Gray for at least another year, ABC has renewed the highest rated medical drama for an 18th season (minus longtime actor Jesse Williams). Additionally, the network announced a renewal for fraternal series on Monday. Station 19, which will return this fall for its fifth season. Showrunner Krista Vernoff will remain at the helm of both shows.
Grey’s continues to reign supreme as ABC’s top rated and most watched scripted series, averaging 1.1 demos and 5.3 million weekly viewers (live + same day). Station 19 ranks # 2 in both measures.
Last fall, Pompeo – whose contract was due to expire this summer – added fuel to the “Is Grey’s approaching the finish line ?! fire when she said that the show’s current 17th season “could very well” be the end of it, adding, “We don’t know when the show really ends yet. But the truth is, this year could be. I mean, it’s the last year of my contract right now… I don’t know if it’s the last year? But it could very well be.
It was in May 2019 that Pompeo signed his current headline deal that would have paid him north of $ 550,000 per episode. The actress would have received another significant pay raise for season 18. Our sister pub THR Also reports that fellow OG cast members Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. have made some lucrative new deals for Season 18.
“The writers, directors, actors and crews Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life last season, ”Vernoff said in a statement. “Protecting each other on set while honoring frontline heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I was truly blown away – especially by our tireless teams – as they reinvented the wheel of television. Thanks to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership throughout this unprecedented season. We are very grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories. “
Craig Erwich, President of ABC Entertainment: «Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unwavering look at one of the greatest medical stories of our time. Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that characterizes these shows and created some of the most talked about moments of the year on television. We are so grateful to our talented cast and crew for their amazing work connecting viewers around the world, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.
TVLine’s 2021 renewal dashboard has been updated to reflect pickups for Grey’s and Station 19.