Current and former Grey’s Anatomy fans flooded to the long-running ABC hit Thursday night to witness the fate of Dr. Derek Shepherd.
The hugely buzzed-about episode, “How to Save a Life,” delivered 9.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, jumping 33 percent from last week’s rating, though still falling shy of the show’s premiere last fall. Grey’s managed to rank as the night’s second highest-rated show, behind only The Big Bang Theory on CBS.
The hour saw Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) — spoiler alert — perish from injuries sustained in a car crash, ending Dempsey’s 11-year run on the series. Fans began to suspect the good doctor was in danger last week; hours before the telecast, the news that Shepherd was being killed off leaked online.