CBS 2011-12 Ratings Report Card

CBS ratingsThere’s lots of data that the networks look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but the ratings are the main ingredient.

Wonder if your favorite’s already been renewed or cancelled? Visit our CBS 2011-12 show page.

Which CBS shows are hits and which ones are in danger of being cancelled? The answer might surprise you. By looking at the chart below, you can see their current season ranking, ratings averages to date, and their grade in the all-important 18-49 demographic.

These charts incorporate final ratings data through Friday, June 1, 2012.

CBS TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
1The Big Bang Theory (renewed)A++5.0 (4.97)14.88ratings
2Two and a Half Men (renewed)A++5.0 (4.96)14.62ratings
32 Broke Girls (renewed)A+4.3 (4.25)11.29ratings
4How I Met Your Mother (renewed)A+4.1 (4.06)9.66ratings
5NCIS (renewed)A-3.8 (3.75)19.22ratings
6Mike & Molly (renewed)A-3.7 (3.72)11.46ratings
7Criminal Minds (renewed)B+3.4 (3.39)12.63ratings
8¡ROB! (cancelled)B3.3 (3.30)11.02ratings
9NCIS: Los Angeles (renewed)B3.2 (3.18)15.53ratings
10Rules of Engagement (renewed)C+2.9 (2.91)9.47ratings
11Person of Interest (renewed)C+2.9 (2.87)13.31ratings
11Hawaii Five-0 (renewed)C+2.9 (2.87)10.67ratings
13CSI (renewed)C+2.7 (2.72)11.37ratings
14The Mentalist (renewed)C2.6 (2.61)13.12ratings
15Unforgettable (cancelled)C-2.3 (2.26)11.30ratings
16CSI: Miami (cancelled)D+2.1 (2.14)9.85ratings
17The Good Wife (renewed)D2.0 (2.01)10.22ratings
18Blue Bloods (renewed)D+*1.7 (1.72)11.32ratings
19CSI: NY (renewed)D+*1.6 (1.62)9.94ratings
20NYC 22 (cancelled)F1.3 (1.33)7.67ratings
21A Gifted Man (cancelled)D-*1.3 (1.31)8.57ratings
22How to be a Gentleman (cancelled)F1.3 (1.30)4.29ratings
CBS TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
1Survivor: South Pacific (fall, renewed)A+3.2 (3.22)10.95ratings
2The Amazing Race (fall, renewed)A-2.9 (2.88)10.18ratings
3Survivor: One World (spring, renewed)A-2.8 (2.82)10.07ratings
4The Amazing Race (spring, likely renewed)B2.6 (2.62)9.31ratings
560 Minutes (renewed)B-2.3 (2.29)12.72ratings
6Undercover Boss (renewed)B*2.0 (2.01)8.87ratings
748 Hours Mystery (renewed)D*1.2 (1.16)5.41ratings
8Person to Person F1.0 (1.00)5.90ratings
Other ratings report cards: ABC | The CW | FOX | NBC

Here’s the CBS Summer 2012 Ratings Report Card.

Original ratings data ©The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

A couple of notes about these charts:
The averages included in these charts are based on the final numbers, not the fast affiliate ratings that are typically reported the next morning. The final numbers become available about a day after the broadcasts or in some cases several days later. The chart are updated as the new data becomes available.

Keep in mind that the demo numbers (not total viewers) are what’s most important to advertisers. Therefore, that’s how the networks measure success. Advertisers pay more for ad time on a show that has a higher demo rating versus one with a lot more overall viewers.

Demo numbers are reported by Nielsen using the 10ths decimal place (2.4, for example). We used to report averages that way but it ends up being hard to see any movement week to week. It can also be a little misleading since a show with a 2.35 average and a show with a 2.44 average will both round to a 2.4 rating.

In these charts, we’re including the demo average rounded to the 10th (2.4) as well as the 100th place (2.41) in parenthesis so you can get a better idea of how the average has been affected by the latest episode’s demo rating.

The letter grades are relative (kind of like grading on a curve) and are based on the individual network’s demo performance. All of the networks have very different gauges for success right now. (A successful show for 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 different shows stand.

*The grades for TV series that run on Friday and Saturday nights are weighted a little differently, to compensate for airing on little-watched nights.

What do you think? Are surprised by any of the ratings? Are any of your favorite shows in danger of being cancelled? Which should be doing better?

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108 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Elaine says

    Blue Bloods is one of the best well written, well acted shows and should receive a higher rating. All of our friends enjoy it.

  2. The Firm says

    The Firm was a great show and so was The Event, but people these days are pansies and would rather watch crap like “The Bachelor” and “The Voice” and other trash

  3. G. Deyoe says

    Would love to see the numbers for us over 50. Blue Blood gets a F and is renewed and Unforgettable gets a C- and is cancelled. Defies logic to me.

    • says

      Blue Bloods did NOT get an F—-they got a D+ and got renewed. However, I agree with you in that the logic doesn’t seem to add up because other shows that were either graded the same or higher got cancelled while lower ones were renewed.

  4. M says

    Love, love, LOVE “Person of Interest.” Exciting, entertaining and a beautiful cast. Thanks for the Thursday night entertainment. This program along with House and a Canadian show called “Murdoch Mysteries” are the only programs I watch because they are thrilling! Glad they kept it!

  5. e g says

    my opinion is taking off series like survivor and a few of the comedies. you need to keep csi miam, criminal minds, csi new york, csi, and the mentalist. those are the best shows that air. i cannot understand why people get out of seeing shows like survivor and undercover boss and all those other stupid shows like that. those are the shows that need to rate low.

  6. carole dorman says

    I sincerely hope that “unfirgetable is not cancelled….we need more shows like Law & order svu….mentalist, criminal minds,csi Miami, csi…..come on guys and gals no more reality shows..people are dumb enough as it is …… I don’t want to see it on tv

  7. carole dorman says

    I would hate to see UNFORGETABLE cancelled,,I really like the show aswell as CSI miami,criminal minds csi NY,Castle,Bones,ncis,Law & order SVU,csi,The mentalist………..Need more csi’s and law & order shows…as well as Against the Wall……

    Keep the cop shows coming…never watch reality shows…… is dumb enough ,,don’t like to see people making fools of themselves than I have to.

  8. Myke says

    “2 broke girls” is horrible and they would rather keep that instead of a show that will actually teach you something. Idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!KEEP “CRIMINAL MINDS” OR ELSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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