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Castle: Ratings for the 2011-2012 TV Season

Castle ratingsHere are the TV ratings for the Castle series. Mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) both aids and annoys NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and her team as they investigate crimes. The fourth season of Castle typically airs Monday nights at 10pm on the ABC network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Castle is going to be cancelled or renewed for season five. Check out our ABC 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:

Season four final averages: 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.71 million total viewers.

Episode 04-23: Monday, 05/07/12
2.4 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 12.36 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.33 in the demo with 10.71 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-22: Monday, 04/30/12
2.3 in the demo (+10% episode-to-episode change) with 11.08 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.32 in the demo with 10.64 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-21: Monday, 04/16/12
2.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 11.23 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.32 in the demo with 10.62 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-20: Monday, 04/02/12
2.1 in the demo (-9% episode-to-episode change) with 11.69 million; tied for second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.34 in the demo with 10.59 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-19: Monday, 03/26/12
2.3 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 11.87 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.35 in the demo with 10.53 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-18: Monday, 03/19/12
2.3 in the demo (+10% episode-to-episode change) with 11.52 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.35 in the demo with 10.45 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-17: Monday, 02/27/12
2.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 9.10 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.35 in the demo with 10.39 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-16: Monday, 02/20/12
2.1 in the demo (+5% episode-to-episode change) with 9.73 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.37 in the demo with 10.47 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-15: Monday, 02/13/12
2.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 8.86 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.39 in the demo with 10.52 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-14: Monday, 02/06/12
2.0 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 8.70 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.41 in the demo with 10.64 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-13: Monday, 01/23/12
2.1 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 10.05 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.45 in the demo with 10.79 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-12: Monday, 01/16/12
2.2 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 9.41 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.48 in the demo with 10.85 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-11: Monday, 01/09/12
2.3 in the demo (+15% episode-to-episode change) with 9.76 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.50 in the demo with 10.98 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-10: Monday, 12/05/11
2.0 in the demo (-13% episode-to-episode change) with 8.12 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.52 in the demo with 11.10 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-09: Monday, 11/21/11
2.3 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 10.85 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.58 in the demo with 11.43 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-08: Monday, 11/07/11
2.4 in the demo (-11% episode-to-episode change) with 11.07 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.61 in the demo with 11.51 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-07: Monday, 10/31/11
2.7 in the demo (+13% episode-to-episode change) with 12.58 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.64 in the demo with 11.57 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-06: Monday, 10/24/11
2.4 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 10.8 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.63 in the demo with 11.40 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 14 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-05: Monday, 10/17/11
2.5 in the demo (+19% episode-to-episode change) with 11.23 million; second in the timeslot.
Demo average rank: #9 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).
Season average: 2.7 in the demo with 11.52 million.

Episode 04-04: Monday, 10/10/11
2.1 in the demo (-16% episode-to-episode change) with 10.23 million; third in the timeslot (House on FOX was delayed until 10pm and was in second place.)
Demo average rank: #8 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).
Season average: 2.7 in the demo with 11.59 million.

Episode 04-03: Monday, 10/3/11
2.5 in the demo (-19% episode-to-episode change) with 11.18 million. It was second in the timeslot, beaten by Hawaii Five-0.
Current demo rank: #9 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).
Season average: 2.9 in the demo with 12.04 million.

Episode 04-02: Monday, 9/26/11
Episode two was down slightly to a 3.1 in the demographic and 11.67 million viewers. It was in second place for the timeslot and outperformed last year’s episode by 10%. One wonders how much better the show would be doing if Dancing with the Stars was having a better season.
Season average: 3.2 demo with 12.48 million.

Episode 04-01: Monday, 9/19/11
The drama had a healthy kick-off to the season with a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 13.28 million viewers. Year-to-year, it was up by 19% in the demo (2.7) and 24% in total viewership (10.70 million). It was a close second to the premiere of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS which likely got a boost from the return of Two and a Half Men. This was Castle’s best season premiere and nearly matched the show’s series high record (a 3.3 rating for the season three finale).


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.67 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 Castle TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season?

 

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{ 56 comments }

Libby March 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

Castle is a very good series with intelligent actors/actresses. Please don’t
cancel it! It would be better to focus on the “junk sitcoms” for cancellation.

Bill March 9, 2012 at 7:14 am

The show’s fourth season is the weakest. It’s nothing like the previous three seasons. Well, the only things the same are the actors and their character’s names. Everything else is off and just plain boring.

There’s no magic between Castle and Beckett. No flirting. No loving glances. No spark. No chemistry. Castle is just there, for apparently no reason. Everything Castle and Beckett have been to one another from the previous three seasons doesn’t seem to be remembered by them or anyone else in the cast. Each episode seems like a one-off, disconnected from anything that happened previously.

Even the intro to the show is different. Gone is Castle’s voiceover about being a mystery writer. Gone is the fun banter about Turner & Hooch. Gone is Beckett’s explanation of her transformation from detective to Nikki Heat. That intro set the stage (and tone) for the show. The fact that it’s missing is as telling as anything else I could mention.

The Season Four premiere was extremely lame. The big build-up from the season finale from Season Three was over and done within the first 10 minutes of the show. Castle’s “I love you” was forgotten. Beckett’s life-threatening gunshot wound was healed and she was back on her feet in no time. In short, viewers knew they had been set up, tricked.

The first three seasons were among the best ever aired on TV. The characters are well defined and important to the show. The actors were first rate (especially Nathan Fillion). The writing was superb.

Season four is totally different.

And the fans know it. We’ve been jerked around with the will-they-or-won’t-they plots for too long. So much so that now the writers aren’t even trying. They just gave up on it.

It’s easy to see why the show is in third place in its time slot — down from first at the season open. That first episode was such an incredible let down…as has been nearly every episode in Season Four. The decline in quality is evidenced by the decline in ratings.

If the writers can restore the magic, if the characters can remember what happens from one episode to another, if the catchy, fun intro can be restored, if…

Well, it may already be too late to fix it. If the network and the writers and producers screwed up a show this good, I will NEVER watch network TV again. In fact, this is the only TV show my wife and I do watch. And I mean that literally. We only turn on the TV Monday night’s to watch Castle.

We’ll turn TV off completely if ABC has screwed Castle up so badly that it’s cancelled.

Anonymous March 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I enjoy watching castle on mondays, it starts my week off right and would not consider switching to another show. The cast are great together and the story keeps me guessing to the last minute on who dun-it. A good mystery is hard to beat. Thanks ABC for bringing Castle into my life.

Kristen March 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Castle should never be cancelled. It is the only reason Mondays are not completely horrible.

Rod dumas March 4, 2012 at 4:53 am

Love the show!! Castle & POI are the two best shows on tv!!

Gene Meenan February 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Great show….excellent cast..work well together….don’t even think of dropping it….losing Reuben was a mistake….but then, I’m only a VIEWER..

Sandy H February 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm

KEEP IT! We Love it, watch it every Monday night even though we DVR it along with other shows. It’s one of my husband’s favorites. Keep the romance going! Sad to lose Ruben Santiago-Hudson, he was really great. : (

Tim February 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

May not carry much weight, watching in the UK, but look: never miss it; absolutely favourite show – please, more after series 4!

Kay February 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Castle is up against the new show “Smash.” I’ll stay with Castle.