The Mentalist’s ratings have taken a serious hit this season. The premiere represented one of the worst showings in the series’ history and the numbers for subsequent episodes have dropped even lower.
CBS will surely take football over-runs into consideration when considering the show’s fate but it’s worth noting that CSI: Miami’s ratings were also impacted by football — and performed better. In its last season, Miami averaged a 2.1 rating with 9.85 million. That’s significantly better than The Mentalist’s current season average below.
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Here are the CBS season averages as of Thursday, November 8, 2012:
|Survivor: Philippines||2.9 (2.88)||10.34||cycle 25 ratings|
|60 Minutes||2.7 (2.67)||13.73||season 45 ratings|
|The Amazing Race||2.6 (2.57)||9.55||cycle 21 ratings|
|Undercover Boss||1.5 (1.50)||7.96||season 4 ratings|
|48 Hours||1.0 (0.96)||4.67||season 26 ratings|
These charts incorporate the daily final CBS show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.
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