ABC renews Grey's Anatomy for 2 more seasons making it the longest-running medical drama

ABC renews Grey's Anatomy for 2 more seasons making it the longest-running medical drama

Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital's doctors are returning for two more shifts. ABC has renewed Grey's Anatomy for two more seasons. The Shonda Rhimes-created medical drama series will now see its 16th and 17th seasons.

According to CNN Entertainment, the show recently became the longest-running medical drama of all time, overtaking the number of episodes by 'ER', an American medical drama television series created by novelist and medical doctor Michael Crichton that aired on NBC from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009. Grey's Anatomy follows the journey of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and her team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who face the challenge of making life-or-death decisions on an everyday basis. 

“Everyone at Shondaland is thrilled that our fans’ commitment to TGIT continues,” said Shonda Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers in a joint statement. “We are so proud of Krista and (HTGAWM’s) Pete (Nowalk) and the work they do. Making the choice to have Krista oversee Station 19 was easy — the creativity she brings to the Grey’s Anatomy universe continues a tradition of storytelling we hold dear.” Thursday's on ABC were termed as TGIT as the channel had 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Station 19', and legal drama 'For the People,' on that day.

Ellen Pompeo will reprise her role as Meredith Grey in the two upcoming seasons. (IMDb)

According to Deadline, season-to-date, the series has averaged a rating of 2.8 and 3.6 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic, and it's a crossover with 'Station 19' gave it its biggest audience (700,000 viewers) in five weeks. In addition, 'Station 19' and 'How To Get Away with Murder' which enter their third and sixth seasons respectively, was renewed by ABC. However, the legal drama, 'For the People' will not be making a third season return.

'Station 19' is the second spin-off of the Grey's Anatomy universe and revolves around a group of firefighters of the Seattle Fire Department at Station 19 as it shares characters with Grey's Anatomy. Both the series are helmed by Krista Vernoff. 


Grey's Anatomy stars Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.

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