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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.

Demo
rank
Scripted
CBS TV shows
Demo
grade
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
Viewers
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
Demo
rank
Non-scripted
CBS TV shows
Demo
grade
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
Viewers
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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Claudia March 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I agree with Laura. Gifted Man is a good show. I didn’t like it at first then I tried it again and fell inlove with all the charactors. Please give people another chance to try it again or for the first time, pleease don’t cancel Gifted Man or Person of Interest.

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Angela March 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm

A gifted man……I absolutely love this show. Can’t believe it is jeopardy of being cancelled. Blue bloods another of my favorite and person of Interest. Let’s keep these shows on the air please.

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Cctsflwr March 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

A Gifted Man is one of the few shows worth watching on Fridays – or any other day. I hope it gets another chance – Please??!!

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claudia March 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

i love gifted man…with so much reality tv on today, this is a pleasant change. will probably take over from grey’s anatomy..i agree with another commenter, that if it was on during the week, more people would watch this show. friday night is a poor night for people being in to watch tv. please, please do not cancel this show….

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Rain March 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Over 75,000 people like this show according to the likes on Facebook and you want to cancel this and make all those fans mad.

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Rain March 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Love A Gifted Man please don’t cancel this show.

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Laurie March 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

PLEASE do not cancel A Gifted Man, it is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. The characters have grown so nicely over time and my husband and I really looked forward to watching this show. The actors are top notch, and rival NCIS cast members in their ability to interact so well. Perhaps Friday isn’t the best night for this show, although it works very well for us. CBS, please do not pull the plug on this, it’s the best new show on your network.

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Kay Marseglia March 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I see that Blue Bloods shows low ratings. I hope this doesn’t means that it will be cancelled. My family watch this every Friday and look forward to it. Show has wonderful characters.

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Sharron Harris March 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I am terribly dissappointed that A Gifted Man has been cancelled ! What a bummer.
Finally a good, clean show that I liked and it’s gone! Some of the other ‘goof ball’ shows that remain on the air, I’m embarrassed to watch with my grandchildren. I’m VERY dissappointed.

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Carrie March 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Please don’t cancel A Gifted Man and Person of Interest. My 12 year-old and I enjoy watching these shows together.

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Tina March 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I totally agree that A Gifted Man and Person of Interest are wonderful shows. Please try another night if you have to, but please save these shows.

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Patty Smith March 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I cannot understand why A Gifted Man has such low ratings. I don’t understand how the ratings are determined because I know a lot of people who watch it. It is a nice change from the crime solving shows. Plus I would like to see Michael and Kate get together. Maybe giving it a different night would make a difference. I hope it is not cancelled. It is my favorite TV show.

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Laura March 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

NCIS is also an A+ show!

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Laura March 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

It makes no sense to me 2 1/2 men which now sucks gets A++ and A Gifted Man gets and F what are the looking at when giving these ratings? Obviously nobody over the age of 40 or anyone with real intelligence is factor here or the ratings would be far different. A Gifted Man and Person of Interest are fantastic shows that I believe have a whole lot more people watching then the ratings posted here. Networks are messed up!

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karen March 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I agree with Laura the garbage of 2 1/2 men versus a gifted man and person of interest is hand down the loser the acting and intelligence of the plots and the carefully weaving of personal stories are my kind of programs . I am a little older and I personally do not go out on Fridays and Saturdays like the young people do . I welcome a challenge when watching a program. Baring the ridiculous commercials I am enjoying a little bit of TV a few nights of the week , If I can remember almost of the programs I watch are on CBS.

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karen March 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I agree with Laura the garbage of 2 1/2 men versus a gifted man and person of interest is hand down the loser the acting and intelligence of the plots and the carefully weaving of personal stories are my kind of programs . I am a little older and I personally do not go out on Fridays and Saturdays like the young people do . I welcome a challenge when watching a program. Baring the ridiculous commercials I am enjoying a little bit of TV a few nights of the week , If I can remember almost all of the programs I watch are on CBS.

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Mary Hill March 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm

It’s hard to believe that A Gifted Man has such low ratings, perhaps since it’s new and on a Friday night people have failed to see it yet, enough to make a difference. It’s a great show, they pack a lot into one hour and the cast is perfect for this type of show. I sure hope the network trys moving it to a different night before cancelling it, so hard to believe the low ratings as it’s one of our favorite shows!

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Gail Hoover March 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

Please don’t cancel A Gifted Man, it is my favorite new show of this season and I know a lot of other’s who feel the same!
Why do all the good shows get cancelled?

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