ABC 2011-12 TV Ratings Report Card

ABC season ratingsWorried about the future of some ABC TV shows? Take a look at the chart below to see their season ranking, averages to date, and their grade in the all-important 18-49 demographic.

There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. (You can see if your favorites have already been renewed or cancelled by visiting our ABC 2011-12 show page.)

These charts incorporate final ratings data through Thursday, May 30, 2012.

ABC TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
1Modern Family (renewed)A++5.1 (5.05)12.09ratings
2Grey's Anatomy (renewed)A++3.6 (3.56)9.83ratings
3Once Upon a Time (renewed)A3.3 (3.27)9.92ratings
4Desperate Housewives (ended)B2.7 (2.74)8.76ratings
5Happy Endings (renewed)B2.7 (2.71)6.18ratings
6The Middle (renewed)B2.6 (2.60)8.41ratings
6Suburgatory (renewed)B2.6 (2.60)7.58ratings
8Revenge (renewed)B-2.5 (2.46)7.82ratings
9Last Man Standing (renewed)B-2.4 (2.43)8.61ratings
10Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 (renewed)C+2.3 (2.34)5.71ratings
11Castle (renewed)C+2.3 (2.33)10.71ratings
12Private Practice (renewed)C+2.3 (2.28)6.81ratings
13Scandal (renewed)C-2.0 (2.01)7.02ratings
14GCB (cancelled)C-1.9 (1.92)5.87ratings
15Man Up! (cancelled)C-1.9 (1.85)6.44ratings
16Work It (cancelled)D+1.8 (1.80)5.63ratings
17Body of Proof (renewed)D+1.7 (1.74)8.60ratings
18Pan Am (cancelled)D+1.7 (1.69)5.39ratings
19The River (cancelled)D1.6 (1.63)4.70ratings
20Missing (cancelled)D-1.5 (1.45)7.59ratings
20Cougar Town (moving to TBS)D-1.4 (1.41)4.23ratings
22Charlie's Angels (cancelled)D-1.4 (1.37)6.24ratings
ABC TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
1Dancing with the Stars (fall, perf.) (renewed)A++3.3 (3.28)17.56ratings
2Dancing with the Stars (spring, perf.) (cancelled)A+3.0 (2.97)16.95ratings
3Dancing with the Stars (fall, results) (renewed)A+3.0 (2.96)15.44ratings
4Dancing with the Stars (spring, results) (cancelled)A-2.6 (2.60)14.67ratings
4The Bachelor (renewed)A-2.6 (2.60)8.25ratings
6Celebrity Wife Swap (renewed)B-2.1 (2.10)5.74ratings
7Wipeout (returning)C1.9 (1.86)6.10ratings
8Shark Tank (renewed)C+*1.6 (1.61)5.68ratings
9America's Funniest Home Videos (renewed)C-1.6 (1.58)6.59ratings
10Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (cancelled)C*1.5 (1.52)5.77ratings
11Primetime: What Would You Do? (renewed)C*1.4 (1.43)4.83ratings
1220/20 (renewed)C-*1.4 (1.39)5.27ratings
13You Deserve It (cancelled)D-1.2 (1.15)4.61ratings
Other ratings report cards: CBS | The CW | FOX | NBC

Original ratings data ┬ęThe Nielsen Company. All rights reserved.

A couple of things to remember:
The averages included in these charts are based on the final numbers, not the fast affiliate ratings that are reported the morning after a show airs. These final numbers become available one to three days later (depending on holidays or weekends). The charts are updated as we get the new data.

Whether we like it or not, the demo numbers are what’s most important to the networks because that’s what’s important to advertisers. That’s how the networks measure success. Advertisers will pay more money for ad time on a show with a higher demo rating than one with more overall viewers. For example, Castle has more viewers than Grey’s Anatomy but an ad on Grey’s costs 30% more ($203,078 vs. $121,914).

Demo numbers are reported by Nielsen using the 10th decimal place (2.1, for example). In these charts, we’re including the rounded demo average as well as the average in 100ths (2.14, for example) in parenthesis so you can get a better idea of how the number’s been affected by the latest episode’s rating.

The letter grades are relative and are based on the individual network’s overall performance in either the scripted or non-scripted categories. The networks all have very different gauges for success. A hit show on The CW would get quickly cancelled on CBS. Our system for coming up with letter grades isn’t perfect but it should still give you an idea of where the shows stand when compared to others on the same network.

*The letter grades for TV series that run on Friday and Saturday nights are weighted a little differently to compensate for them airing on little-watched nights.

What do you think? How are your favorites doing? Are any of them in danger of being cancelled or sure to to be renewed?

Canceled and renewed TV show

79 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Ashley says

    I love Scandal. One out of two shows I watch on ABC. The second is General Hospital. So happy it is coming back!!!!

  2. Melissa says

    I love GCB I was hoping that would stick around so I could watch it because Desperate Housewives is over. How disappointing): PLEASE RECONSIDER!

  3. Anonymous says

    GCB should get renewed. It’s funny & outrageous! Why is Grey’s Anatomy still on?? I stopped watching THAT show two seasons ago. How many doctor storylines are there really? Would much rather have GCB fun and Once Upon a Time fantasy on. So over medical drama…

  4. says

    I Love the show Castle Please do not cancel it it is the BEST SHOW ON TV I record it every week I could watch it every day Castle and Betch is the best no way should it be cancel .

  5. J. Royce says

    I am so aggravated and angry that you took Body of Proof off the air. I didn’t watch it in the beginning because, truthfully I don’t watch ABC that much (SORR). I do love Desperate Housewives and am going to miss that show too. I’m just aggravated that you are taking off 2 gereat shows I personally like. No wonder I don’t watch ABC.

  6. anonymous says

    I was quite interested in Revenge (although I initially thought the premise was poor in spirit, but I got “into the story” and found it rather compelling) until ABC or the “makers” of this show began to list Madeline Stowe FIRST in the cast of characters…that’s when I decided to turn it off and watch something else. This is Emily Van Camp’s show…she is the star and the lead character; as long as you continue to list her second to another actress, I will discontinue viewing the show. That is not to say that Madeline Stowe is not a fine actress. It is simply unfair that you would, so to speak, “take the show away” from Emily Van Camp as the leading actress and leading character. I’m “all about fairness.”

    • says

      anonymous ┬╗ I just watched the pilot. Madeleine Stowe has had top billing from the start. Considering that she has had such a long career, that’s not uncommon.

    • Craig says

      I was enjoying Body of Proof too until the recent virus episodes. Now I have just lost all interest in Megan. Something about those two episodes just soured me to her character.

Leave a Comment

Your comment may need approval from a moderator before it appears. We review comments to weed out spam, duplicate postings and personal attacks. We welcome constructive discussion.