Why Can’t Networks Find A New Job Market?

Last week ABC stalwart Grey’s Anatomy received it’s lowest ever rating for an original episode – just 9.75 million viewers. For a show that used to regularly rate in the 20 million range this is some serious erosion. But it’s not alone.

NBC has its hands full this season with a pair of misguided medical flops  – Trauma and Mercy. Both are struggling through full seasons but their continued existence is more reflective of NBC’s rating woes than any actual audience appetite. Meanwhile CBS recently launched its own ER drama, Miami Medical – quietly dumped into a Friday night slot.

Over at ABC, legal drama The Deep End came and went in just 6 weeks with its final episode gaining less than 4 million viewers. And as for cop shows – well Southland was relegated to TNT, the Law and Order franchise is relying on stunt casting to stay in the headlines (look Kathy Griffin as a lesbian!), Cold Case speaks for itself, and The Forgotten makes Christian Slater 2 for 2 on the flop front.