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Breaking In: 2011-12 Season Ratings

Breaking In ratingsHere are the TV show ratings for Breaking In. In season two of this once-cancelled series, Megan Mullally joins castmembers Christian Slater, Bret Harrison, Alphonso McAuley, Odette Yustman, and Trevor Moore. The second season of Breaking In typically airs Tuesday nights at 9:30pm on the FOX network.

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

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Episode 02-05: Tuesday, 04/03/12
1.3 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 2.55 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.44 in the demo with 3.01 million.
Demo average rank: #18 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 02-04: Tuesday, 03/27/12
1.4 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 2.70 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.48 in the demo with 3.13 million.
Demo average rank: #18 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 02-03: Tuesday, 03/20/12
1.3 in the demo (-13% episode-to-episode change) with 2.84 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.50 in the demo with 3.27 million.
Demo average rank: #18 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 02-02: Tuesday, 03/13/12
1.5 in the demo (-12% episode-to-episode change) with 3.38 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.60 in the demo with 3.49 million.
Demo average rank: #18 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 02-01: Tuesday, 03/06/12
1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.60 million total viewers; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.70 in the demo with 3.60 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

It wasn’t a positive start for season two. The sitcom lost 43% of its demo lead-in from New Girl and, compared to last year’s series premiere, Breaking In was down by 51% in the demo (vs a 3.5) and down by 63% in total viewers (vs 9.82 million). It’s important to remember however that last season’s debut had American Idol as a lead-in. On the positive side, this season opener did improve over the last episode of season one (a 1.3 in the demo).

Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.04 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 the Breaking In TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a third season?


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Tim K May 25, 2012 at 3:42 am

I think the largest issue with this season’s lack of viewers from last year is that fox was dangling the series like a treat in front of a dog and then refusing to give it to him.
How many times have it been canceled total so far? They need to stop toying with it.

As for the cast needing to come back, now that house is over, Odette could possibly come back putting more emphasis on Cam.


Ellen April 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

What a shame that Megan Mullally was brought in. This show has deteriorated into a sitcom about her – and that’s not a good thing. What about the missions? Focus on Oz and Cam and the team working the missions. Get rid of Megan before Fox gets rid of the show!


Angela April 5, 2012 at 6:20 am

I don’t think it’s so much the missions that’s tearing this show apart. I admit it definately improved this past episode, but I actually think what it needs to do is focus on Cam again. This season he’s simply been tossed aside while all the other characters are getting the focus. If they focus on him, Breaking In would feel a lot more like Breaking In. Plus, I think in return this “team” would be able to work together again. There’s no doubt, in my mind, that the best scenes are when all the characters are working together. Hopefully, this show will continue to get better, but it REALLY needs more Cam. And this is coming from someone that had major problems with his character at first.


Pauliep April 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I agree with Kat. With Megan Mullaly being one of the main focuses of the show, I dread watching every week. It does not have the snap of the original season, nor does it have the charm. Putting Mullaly in the show has crippled it to the point where it is destined to end up in the trash heap. How about more missions and less Mullaly? She really is not a good fit for this show.


Rex jay April 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I love this show and hadn’t missed a episode since its premiere last year. Until last night because Direct TV has pulled Fox from there service because of negotiations. I can see that being a reason why it was low. Time for a new service provider.


Robert March 22, 2012 at 6:47 am

It does not work anymore. They should have kept the original cast. I used to love this show.


Shaun March 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

Personally I dont think this show works as half hour sitcom it should be hour long dramady thats why I dont watch even though I am a Christian Slater fan.


Melynn March 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Smart sitcom! Unique, talented, laugh out loud funny, clever! Simply the best I’ve seen in a very long time. I’m guessing that means it won’t make it.
I hope people tune in! It’s really very smart and clever!


Matt March 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

glad to see it is back i loved season 1 and glad fox gave it a second chance


iced March 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Roddy roddy piper was in the episode!!!


Craig March 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I would expect the lead in from New Girl to give it a larger rating than American Idol. I am disappointed that Michael Rosenbaum is not in the cast. He was easily the best character in the show, though Megan was pretty funny. I also hope they give us more creepy Carol.


Tha Critic March 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

I didn’t even know it was back.


Kat March 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

I’ve been looking forward to this since last year, but I missed it because I was too busy watching Ringer and arranging a taping of The River. At least we didn’t have NCIS: LA to worry about, too, this week. If the ratings don’t improve, Breaking In will be cancelled for good. Christian Slater must at least be thrilled to be on a TV show that lasted more than one season for a change, though! Pretty sure not even that show where they, like, find people lasted this long. Well, hopefully I can catch the episode I missed on Hulu or somethin’. Best of luck to all those at Contra Security!


Kat April 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

Ugh, and now we’re a few more episodes in and it’s starting to grate on my nerves. I don’t want to see any more of Megan Mullally on this show. They replaced the parts of the show that were most fun — the actual missions — with hemming and hawing over how Veronica’s such a bad boss and stupid office politics. If I wanted to watch boring office stuff, I’d watch The Office.


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