'Grey's' Cast Gets Some Extra Green


The cast of "Grey's Anatomy" has pocketed a nice little thank-you gift from the show's producer.

Each of the show's 10 regular cast members -- Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Patrick Dempsey, T.R. Knight, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, Kate Walsh, Isaiah Washington and James Pickens Jr. -- has received a $200,000 bonus from Touchstone TV as reward for the show's breakout second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The ABC series has been strong ever since its March 2005 premiere, but it reached a new level in the second half of this season following a hugely rated post-Super Bowl episode. Its performance led ABC (a Disney sibling of Touchstone) to move it to Thursday nights next fall in hopes of making some ratings noise there.

The actors are no doubt happy to have the bonuses, but the HR says that won't stop some "key cast members" from seeking a raise as well. It's not uncommon for actors on hit shows to renegotiate their contracts, and given the level of success "Grey's Anatomy" enjoyed this season, the cast would seem to be in a pretty good position.

The show averaged close to 19.5 million viewers per week this season, up from 17.2 million in its first year. It was also the No. 4 show on television in the moneymaking adults 18-49 demographic, trailing only the two weekly broadcasts of "American Idol" and "Desperate Housewives."

Touchstone hasn't been shy about spreading the wealth on its hit series. The cast of "Desperate Housewives" got six-figure bonuses last season, and actors on "Lost" got raises midway through this season.

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