The season finale Grey's Anatomy rose a tenth to a 1.9, while the two-hour finale of Scandal dipped two-tenths to a 1.2. Read our full finale recap here.
Stephanie did survive the explosion but the near-death experience was deeply traumatic that she chose to follow another path and bid goodbye to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
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After spending most of the show heroically trying to protect lost little girl Erin and help the two escape the burning hospital, many fans probably assumed Stephanie (played by Jerrika Hinton) would tragically peril in the fire akin to so many past Grey's characters' deaths.
The harrowing experience - coupled with her history as a sick child - made her realized she didn't want to spend any more time in hospitals. I need to travel and hike and breathe. Still, with Grey's bopping up 6% over last week but down 17% from its Season 12 ender, ABC did win Thursday with a 1.5/6 rating and 6.10 million viewers - a rise of 15% in the demo and 22% in total audience from last Thursday. Get the Details on Jo Wilson's Elusive Past! Away from saving other people's lives. "It's time I live my own", she said before telling Richard she quit.
The end of Stephanie's story marked Hinton's final stint as a series regular on "Grey's Anatomy".
The 35-year-old Dallas native said that she and Rhimes "had a meeting at the beginning of season 13" in which they figured out a mutually beneficial exit plan for the character. That 2016 season ender was the previous finale low for the Kerry Washington-led series.
The doctors attempt to get back into the hospital but are stopped by security, who locked the facility down as they hunt for a rapist on the run inside, who ignited the explosion as he tried to leave. And - in another super-surprising moment!
A new love triangle is also set to simmer between Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), and April Kepner (Sarah Drew). Honestly, we don't know how we feel about this possible new couple!