The spin-off series of Grey’s Anatomy — Private Practice starring Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery is now airing its fifth season on ABC every Tuesday nights at 10pm. The fifth season which originally airs every Thursday at the same time has been replaced by Shonda Rhime’s newly created series, Scandal. If you’re wondering if you can still see more of Addison in Private Practice season 6, here’s what we know:
As reports would have it, Private Practice was considered as a “bubble” series when it was still on its Thursday primetime spot — garnering a steady number of 7.63 million viewers which is below par compared to its first season rating with 11.57 million viewers. Surprisingly, the change of schedule brought the series at its peak.
The Futon Critic praised the show with the statement, “Despite facing increased competition in the time period, Private Practice retained nearly all of its week-ago numbers in Total Viewers (94%), Adults 18-34 (100%) and Adults 18-49 (95%).” It also further stated that ABC’s Private Practice ranked #1 for the 2nd week in a row.
TV by the numbers also claimed that the Tuesday schedule surged the series into its most-watched telecast in over 1 1/2 years.
Wow. The series appears to have found its lucky day, doesn’t it? However, talks about the renewal of a shortened season 6 is growing. Deadline reported that the network is considering a sixth season with only 13 episodes, and Kate Walsh has already agreed to that.
Another major concern for the renewal of season 6 is the other shows covered by Shonda Rhimes. The creator has currently 3 shows to manage — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Private Practice. If her pilot for Gilded Lilys gets picked up for Fall, and Private Practice is renewed, she’ll have four shows on at once.
What do you think? Should Private Practice prevail as a credit for its good numbers in rating?