Castle: Season Five Ratings

Castle TV show ratingsThe competition for ratings on Monday nights is getting tougher and Castle’s ratings were already on the decline last season. Will it survive to see a sixth season or will it be cancelled after more than 100 episodes? Stay tuned.

The fifth season of Castle typically airs Monday nights at 10pm on the ABC network. The cast includes Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Seamus Dever, Susan Sullivan, and Tamala Jones.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Castle is going to be cancelled or renewed for a sixth season.

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Final season averages: 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.18 million total viewers.

Episode 05-24: Monday, 05/13/13
2.1 in the demo (+5% change) with 11.16 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.04 in the demo with 10.18 million.

UPDATE: ABC has renewed this show for a sixth season for 2013-14.

Episode 05-23: Monday, 05/06/13
2.0 in the demo (0% change) with 10.84 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.04 in the demo with 10.18 million.

Episode 05-22: Monday, 04/29/13
2.0 in the demo (-13% change) with 10.53 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 2.04 in the demo with 10.15 million.

Episode 05-21: Monday, 04/22/13
2.3 in the demo (+15% change) with 11.76 million (+16% change).
Season averages: 2.04 in the demo with 10.13 million.

Episode 05-20: Monday, 04/15/13
2.0 in the demo (-9% change) with 10.18 million (-14% change).
Season averages: 2.03 in the demo with 10.05 million.

Episode 05-19: Monday, 04/01/13
2.2 in the demo (+5% change) with 11.79 million (+12% change).
Season averages: 2.03 in the demo with 10.05 million.

Episode 05-18: Monday, 03/25/13
2.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 10.57 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 2.02 in the demo with 9.95 million.

Episode 05-17: Monday, 03/18/13
2.2 in the demo (-4% change) with 11.26 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 2.02 in the demo with 9.91 million.

Episode 05-16: Monday, 02/25/13
2.3 in the demo (0% change) with 10.77 million (+9% change).
Season averages: 2.01 in the demo with 9.83 million.

Episode 05-15: Monday, 02/18/13
2.3 in the demo (+15% change) with 9.85 million (+10% change).
Season averages: 1.99 in the demo with 9.76 million.

Episode 05-14: Monday, 02/11/13
2.0 in the demo (+11% change) with 8.97 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 1.96 in the demo with 9.76 million.

Episode 05-13: Monday, 02/04/13
1.8 in the demo (-10% change) with 8.89 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 1.96 in the demo with 9.82 million.

Episode 05-12: Monday, 01/21/13
2.0 in the demo (+5% change) with 8.82 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 1.98 in the demo with 9.90 million.

Episode 05-11: Monday, 01/14/13
1.9 in the demo (0% change) with 9.14 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 1.97 in the demo with 9.99 million.

ABC TV show ratingsEpisode 05-10: Monday, 01/07/13
1.9 in the demo (+12% change) with 8.66 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 1.98 in the demo with 10.08 million.

Episode 05-09: Monday, 12/03/12
1.7 in the demo (-15% change) with 8.50 million (-18% change).
Season averages: 1.99 in the demo with 10.24 million.

Episode 05-08: Monday, 11/19/12
2.0 in the demo (+5% change) with 10.36 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.02 in the demo with 10.46 million.

Episode 05-07: Monday, 11/12/12
1.9 in the demo (0% change) with 10.07 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 2.03 in the demo with 10.47 million.

Episode 05-06: Monday, 11/05/12
1.9 in the demo (-14% change) with 10.02 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 2.05 in the demo with 10.54 million.

Episode 05-05: Monday, 10/29/12
2.2 in the demo (+10% change) with 10.84 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.08 in the demo with 10.64 million.

Episode 05-04: Monday, 10/15/12
2.0 in the demo (-9% change) with 10.94 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.05 in the demo with 10.59 million.

Episode 05-03: Monday, 10/08/12
2.2 in the demo (+16% change) with 10.61 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.07 in the demo with 10.47 million.

Episode 05-02: Monday, 10/01/12
1.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 10.35 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.00 in the demo with 10.40 million.

Episode 05-01: Monday, 09/24/12
2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.45 million total viewers.
Season averages: 2.10 in the demo with 10.45 million.

Year-to-year, the Castle debut was down by 34% in the demo (vs a 3.2 rating) and down by 21% in viewers (vs 13.28 million). It was the lowest demo since April 2012 and the lowest viewership since February 2012.


Reference point: The 2011-12 season averaged a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.71 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 still like the Castle TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a sixth season?

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273 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. BD says

    I don’t watch a lot of tv shows. Most do not hold my interest. I hate reality shows, as if you care. My dilemma is that the only two shows I want to watch, air on the same night, at the same time. Castle and Hawaii Five -O are both quality shows with a little bit of retro feel. Yes. I am in a little bit older demographic. I hope that they both survive. I’m fortunte that techniology has evolved that I can still enjoy both shows, even if I don’t watch them simultaneously at their identical airedtimes.

  2. JoAnn says

    I am a faithful watcher of CASTLE, but I’m sure that the ratings don’t have any record of me. I also watch this show on DVD.
    The last session of Season 4 finally gave more interest in the interpersonnal relationships of the characters. While the crime studies and the dective work are interesting, sometimes the absence of the drama going on between the characters should get more attention..

  3. yeoman says

    What a silly question! Castle is one of the best written and acted week shows on television. It will probably be on for several more years if the quality of the writing is maintained.

  4. Shan says

    Idk how ratings could possibly be down since everything I’ve heard is that season 4 was their most successful season and every time I turn around I hear someone new saying how much they love the show! I am so obsessed with this show…season 5 better not be the last season!!! I think this article is total BS because there is no way castles ratings are on the decline! Castle has a very large and strong fan base…they better not cancel castle until Castle is ready to go!

  5. patty says

    Castle should definitely be canceled!!!!! It is a terrible, boring show. Nielsen screwed up. There is no way Hawaii Five O (which is a far superior show) blew away Castle in the ratings especially as recent as this summer (Hawaii Five O reruns consistently blew away Castle reruns), and then lost so badly to Castle in the season premiere. Internationally, Hawaii Five O beat out its competition. If the ratings are correct, that tells me that Americans that prefer Castle and Revolution over Hawaii Five O have very bad taste!!!!

    • Shan says

      First of all, just because someone has a different opinion to yours, doesn’t mean they have bad taste! Second of all, your fourth sentence makes no sense…you said Nielson screwed up because there’s no way Hawaii Five O blew away Castle in ratings because H.F.O. is “far superior”…but guess what? Blew away Castle means that it HAD better ratings, which would make it the better show making your point futile…you obviously meant there was no way Castle blew away Hawaii Five O in the ratings. And Castle is funny, witty and very, very entertaining (of course that’s my opinion, so I won’t say you have bad taste…just bad sentence structure).

    • Anonymous says

      Where is your sense of romance? The sexual chemistry between
      Castle and Beckett is adorable!….and their chemistry with the entire cast is cute, witty, and refreshing. The plot is original and the acting
      Is quality. Give it another try….keep an eye on Kate and Rick and enjoy some old school acting!

    • Nev827 says

      Don’t feed the haters. Hawaii 5-0 is the show that is tanking in the ratings. Of course, my saying that does not mean anyone has bad taste. Castle is intelligent and funny at the same time (unlike so much of the toilet humor garbage on TV today and in reality shows), as well as dramatic and sweet. And the actors have ridiculous chemistry. By the way, Neilsen has been measuring ratings for TV shows for a long time, so I seriously doubt they just “screwed up” this once.
      Lastly, the author of this article needs to get her facts right. Ruben Santiago-Hudson isn’t on the show anymore, having been replaced by Penny Johnson Jerald. Get your facts right before condemning the show to being cancelled!

  6. Viv Flynn says

    Castle is as brilliant as ever. The opening episode to season 5 was phenominal and, as already said, there are loads of news story lines they can introduce to keep it fresh. There is no reason to cancel it, though they need to leave Beckett’s mother’s murder story alone now. Can’t wait for the rest of the season. Thank god for iTunes, so we can watch it almost straight away in the UK.

  7. Kate says

    I honestly torrent it, but then I watch it again at 10 on the West Coast then I DVR it and watch it again. All in all I don’t think they should cancel it because their are fans like me who are insane and watch it 10 times over. I think they need to look at better distribution options and take advantage of its large international audience somehow by offering ads on the videos or letting people subscribe to the ABC feed the next day then they would see a growth in revenue because yes the ratings matter, but only because they need advertisers and the higher the ratings the more money they get from ads. Logic 101 people. Anyway I’ll keep watching right now its against JJ Abrams Revolution because some moron thought it was a good idea to compete it on Monday nights, but I watched Revolution its good, but honestly I can’t see it getting past season 4 because JJ just can’t leave the mystery alone it will be like LOST all over again at the rate it’s going.

  8. Emily says

    I’ve loved Castle since the beginning, but I’m such a fan of prime time TV it’s hard for me to choose between Hawaii Five-0 and Castle (not to mention the other prime time shows). I was able to watch the premiere of Castle last night. I loved it, and I think the show is definitely capable of making up its ratings and going on to a sixth season.

  9. says

    I’ll admit I’m a rabid fan, but if they don’t spice things up a bit this could be a good last season. They’ve finally knocked boots, they’re growing into a good couple, and soon the daughter and mom will be out of the house. It’ll need a big change to sidetrack the inevitable ride into the sunset that follows leads getting together.
    Aliens maybe?

  10. Ali, , Sr. says

    WE LOVE CASTLE !!! WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LOVE ??? We stick around even when they “shuffle” the schedule & put the viewers on hold…Could ABC be taking us for granted?
    Also, the demographic’s age range (if I understood correctly) is so very limited. What about the rest of us?
    WE LOVE CASTLE !!! YES WE DO :)

  11. Nev827 says

    What Beckstle said. And let’s not forget the books that are published as marketing tie-ins have consistently hit the NY Times Best-Seller lists and generate their own publicity for the show and ABC. I don’t see how Revolution can sustain more than a season or two, what with it’s plot, whereas Castle has just opened up a whole new world of possible storylines now that Castle and Bckett are together. Lastly, the chemistry between its cast is still awesome after 4 years and the writing is as sharp as ever. Unless the average viewership drops off precipitously from 10 million, there no reason to cancel the show.

  12. jessann says

    Note that ratings for that night are skewed by the show being preempted in timezones for the game. Otherwise would have easily broken 12M viewers.

  13. Beckstle says

    Seriously? This is a question? Of course it shouldn’t be canceled! Let’s not even talk about the fact that the demo should actually be 25-54. It’s an awesome show that is critcally reviewed well, has a strong fan base, and 10.45 million viewers isn’t exactly awful – especially up against football. It also trounced CBS’s H5O – which is a much younger show. It’s the first episode of the season against a 1st year show which may or may not hold fast to it’s numbers, and a 3rd
    year show who’s number just tanked. Given that positioning, why would anyone be thinking about canceling Castle?

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