Residents and attendings dating

This season was the first not to feature Patrick Dempsey as Dr.

Derek Shepherd following the death of the character at the end of the eleventh season.

The season is produced by ABC Studios, in association with Shonda Land Production Company and The Mark Gordon Company; the showrunner being Shonda Rhimes.

The season commenced airing with the episode "Sledgehammer" and concluded with "Family Affair".

Part way into the season Martin Henderson was introduced as new regular character, Dr. In the tenth episode of the season Giacomo Gianniotti was also promoted to series regular status as intern Andrew De Luca.

The season, garnered 11.21 million average viewers and was ranked 21st overall in total viewers which is fifteen spots higher than the previous season.

Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is appointed the new Chief of Surgery, much to the dismay of her husband Ben Warren (Jason George), who starts to feel like he is the inferior one in their relationship, leading to some tension between the two.

Maggie Pierce (Kelly Mc Creary) begins a relationship with intern Andrew De Luca (Giacomo Gianniotti), however they face some problems that many new relationships face.

ABC put out a statement claiming Dempsey wanted to pursue other interests.

On May 2, 2014, the rest of the six original cast mates, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., excluding Sandra Oh, renewed their contracts for another two seasons (11 and 12) as Drs.

TV critics and analysts noted the renewed interest in viewership with Rich Kissell of Variety calling it a 'renaissance.' Grey's Anatomy finished the 2015–16 television season as ABC's highest-rated drama in the 18-49 demographics and also ranked among the top five dramas on all of broadcast, averaging a 3.9 rating in the demo, an unprecedented accomplishment for a show in its 12th season.

The season follows the story of surgical residents, fellows, and attendings as they experience the difficulties of the competitive careers they have chosen.

The two start trying to work through their problems and end up have a one-night stand.

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