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?

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79 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Ali says

    FAIL! what idots over at abc thought to cancel “Missing” and 666 Park Ave” I swear Scandal is the LAST show i’ll ever watch on ABC

  2. Anonymous says

    We love Last Man Standing. Not sure why it was moved to Friday but we still make time to watch it or record it. I hope it has many more years running!

  3. Bobby Crabtree says

    How anyone could watch REALITY shows I will never no. Its a win win for the network for sure. The NON-actors work cheap. And they get paid by advertisers and paid by TV subscribers as well and pay out to make the show is VERY low. Its not hard to see why the networks LOVE them. But WHY DO PEOPLE WATCH THEM???? I will never no. I would rather watch re-runs of GunSmoke. The ( Missing ) was a great show as well as Burden of Proof. Both canceled. If it keeps up I will just quit watching and paying for TV at all.

  4. Peter says

    ABC is notorious for cancelling great TV shows. I hope that the whole company gets down, they dont deserve to be in this business. Psychopath management, absolute coin driven down to the bone. Greed has never a good ending. They already showed the middle finger to at least 50 million americans and keep doing so, hopefully there viewer numbers goes down and people stop supporting crappy companies llike this

  5. Dana says

    Can’t believe they are not bringing Missing back.. I really saw that show at least going two seasons if not more. I see the ratings but it still stinks.. did not miss an episode!

  6. Shelly says

    Can’t believe Missing is done. I LOVED that show and was so excited to watch it every week. That was a mistake. Should have tried a different night instead of canceling it.

  7. april witt says

    honestly did you seriously give an honest pole about “the river”? it was an amazing show that i was looking forward to watching on your network but with lack of advertisment it failed so now due to my favorite series “the river” being canceled i’ll now be watching other famous shows on fox

  8. catherine garza says

    I have never written in before today, about Missing. When I checked your “Report Card”, I saw how many “reality” shows and “mindless” idiot shows there are. It makes me wonder if your network doesn’t believe that there ARE people out there who still want GOOD PROGRAMMING! NOT REMAKES OF 60’S, 70’S OR 80’S SHOWS, but REAL thought provoking entertainment. Harrys’ Law (another network) was GREAT!!!
    People really do care, but maybe just aren’t part of your demographics on whatever you base them on. The squeaky wheel gets the grease…you could have promoted MISSING better and more often, so that people were aware. I guess whoever greased the most got it…it’s not who you know I guess….huh?

    • Michelle says

      I Agree…. Missing was a great show! I can’t believe the other mindless shows stay on so long. I really enjoyed “Missing” and looked forward to the next season. I am so disappointed. I don’t believe in their RATING SYSTEM I think they are making a lot of dumb decisions..

  9. LJ says

    I loved MISSING – Ashley Judd was excellent. Unfortunately, the network put the show opposite American Idol results. Give the show another chance – find another slot and go for a second season before you write it off.

    • Crystal says

      I agree they need to bring Missing back on another time slot. This is crazy that show was interesting and please get over the reality tv already. There are peopl finding other things to do because there are no good drama, mystery or good old writers that know how to write scripts any more. Please bring Missing back… That is the one show that I watched live and did not tape to scheme through it to get to the end like those rality shows. You do not have to watch them, tape them fast forward to the final results

  10. says

    I enjoyed missing so much I could not wait for the next thursday to com around.

    Also desperate house wives,I cried the night it went of the air.

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