Bones: Ratings for the 2011-12 season

Bones ratingsHere are the updated ratings for the Bones TV series. On top of solving cases, Booth (David Boreanaz) and “Bones” (Emily Deschanel) now have to figure out how having a baby will impact their lives. The seventh season of Bones typically airs Thursday nights at 9pm on the FOX network.

Here are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Bones is going to be cancelled or renewed for season eight. Check out our FOX ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

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Final seventh season averages: 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.07 million total viewers.

Episode 07-13: Monday, 05/14/12
1.9 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.21 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.39 in the demo with 8.07 million.
Demo average rank: #9 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-12: Monday, 05/07/12
1.9 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 7.02 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.43 in the demo with 8.14 million.
Demo average rank: #9 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-11: Monday, 04/30/12
2.0 in the demo (-9% episode-to-episode change) with 7.16 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.48 in the demo with 8.25 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-10: Monday, 04/23/12
2.2 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.38 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.53 in the demo with 8.35 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-09: Monday, 04/16/12
2.2 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.15 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.57 in the demo with 8.46 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-08: Monday, 04/09/12
2.2 in the demo (-12% episode-to-episode change) with 7.56 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.61 in the demo with 8.63 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-07: Monday, 04/02/12
2.5 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 8.39 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.67 in the demo with 8.78 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Update: Bones has been renewed for an eighth season on FOX. Season seven resumes on April 2nd.

Episode 07-06: Thursday, 01/12/12
2.4 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 8.64 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.70 in the demo with 8.88 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 14 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-05: Thursday, 12/08/11
2.4 in the demo (-14% episode-to-episode change) with 8.11 million; third at 9pm, second at 9:30pm.
Season average: 2.76 in the demo with 8.88 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-04: Thursday, 12/01/11
2.8 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 8.91 million; second at 9pm, first at 9:30pm.
Season average: 2.85 in the demo with 9.08 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-03: Thursday, 11/17/11
2.7 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 8.76 million; second in the timeslot at 9pm, first at 9:30pm.
Season average: 2.87 in the demo with 9.13 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-02: Thursday, 11/10/11
2.6 in the demo (-21% episode-to-episode change) with 8.64 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.95 in the demo with 9.32 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-01: Thursday, 11/03/11
3.3 in the 18-49 demographic with 10.0 million total viewers; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.30 in the demo with 10.00 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Season seven kicked off with a bang, no doubt in part thanks to a strong lead-in from X Factor. Bones was up by 22% when compared to last season’s premiere (a 2.7 in the demo) and saw it’s best numbers since 2008.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.09 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like Bones TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for an eighth season?

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67 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. EMILY HUDIS says

    KEEP THIS SHOW ON THE AIR. LETS MAKE IT MORE INTERESTING WITH TWISTS AND TURNS ABOUT THE NEW BABIES AND GET A LOVE LIVE FOR THE SHRINK, AND GET THE KID FROM KY BACK ON THE TEAM.

  2. Brian H says

    You have to understand the genre — if you don’t you’ll think it’s silly and contrived. It’s meant to be slightly goofy and sometimes serious and dramatic. You have to like the characters — who they are. It’s a great mix of that and the actors pull it off perfectly.

  3. julianne says

    Bones has already been renewed for season 8 don’t panic. Although I sometimes wonder if the ratings truly reflect how many fans this show has. I don’t know any Nielsen families myself so how many of them can their be?

  4. Chris says

    Please don’t cancel the show I don’t like the realality shows or the singing or dancing this has science and humor I reate it a 10

  5. Filthy Phil says

    I really tried to like this show, but I guess you have to have an average IQ to like it. It’s silly, and predictable. I watched a few of them season one, and wasn’t surprised when a few seasons later she was knocked up. They could take a lesson from AMC’s Breaking Bad, or Mad Men, or ABC’s LOST, but then I guess they wouldn’t solve any crimes in one episode, and would act like real proffessional’s instead making it revolve around the sexual tensions of an agent and a “Doctor” of Science.

    • Anonymous says

      this kind of comments should be left to yourself.” if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything” just say you don’t like it.

  6. Mitzi Doolen says

    I love Bones please don’t cancel it. My daughter and I look forward to watching it, we have even done marathons watching it on tv, and the DVDs. I would not know what to do if it werent on. It is a family tradition for us.

  7. Margie Templin says

    I love Bones. Please don’t cancel it. At least give it one more season and see how it goes!!!!

  8. Norine Polnau says

    I love this show. Please do not cancel it. The characters are dynamic and the show has great story lines. This show is one of the best. This is one of the few shows that are delightful. It is informational and a pleasure to watch. My sister is just like “Bones”. I turned her on to it and she has purchased all of the past seasons. Please keep it going.
    THANK YOU. The writers of this show are awesome.

  9. Joan says

    Really, really love the show Bones!!!Do not cancel an actual show that is fun and
    at the same time interesting!!!! Sick of reality shows also!

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