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Cops: Ratings for 2011-12 TV Season

Cops ratingsHere are the ratings for the Cops TV show. This reality series has returned for its 24th season, easily making it the network’s longest-running TV show in primetime. Usually airing opposite repeats or special events on the other networks, Cops has often won its timeslot. That’s not bad when you consider that it’s also cheap to produce. The 25th season of Cops typically airs on Saturday nights on the FOX network.

These are the ratings for the 2011-12 TV season, the best indication if a show’s going to be cancelled or renewed. Check out our FOX 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:

Episode 25-20: Saturday, 04/07/12
1.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 3.10 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.28 in the demo with 3.76 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 8 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 25-19: Saturday, 03/31/12
1.0 in the demo (-29% episode-to-episode change) with 3.20 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.29 in the demo with 3.80 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 8 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 25-18: Saturday, 02/25/12
1.4 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 4.20 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.31 in the demo with 3.83 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 7 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 25-17: Saturday, 02/25/12
1.3 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 3.90 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.31 in the demo with 3.81 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 7 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 25-16: Saturday, 02/04/12
1.3 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 4.17 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.31 in the demo with 3.80 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 7 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 25-15: Saturday, 02/04/12
1.3 in the demo (-19% episode-to-episode change) with 3.80 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.31 in the demo with 3.78 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 7 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 25-14: Saturday, 01/21/12
1.6 in the demo (+23% episode-to-episode change) with 4.4 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.31 in the demo with 3.77 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 6 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 25-13: Saturday, 01/21/12
1.3 in the demo (-13% episode-to-episode change) with 3.7 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.28 in the demo with 3.73 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 6 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 25-12: Saturday, 01/14/12
1.5 in the demo (+25% episode-to-episode change) with 4.1 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.28 in the demo with 3.73 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 25-11: Saturday, 01/07/12
1.0 in the demo (-17% episode-to-episode change) with 3.1 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.24 in the demo with 3.65 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 24-11: Saturday, 12/10/11:
1.2 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 3.8 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.26 in the demo with 3.70 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 24-10: Saturday, 11/26/11:
1.3 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 4.00 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.27 in the demo with 3.68 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 24-09: Saturday, 11/19/11:
1.4 in the demo (+17% episode-to-episode change) with 4.05 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.27 in the demo with 3.65 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 24-08: Saturday, 11/19/11:
1.2 in the demo (-37% episode-to-episode change) with 3.65 million; tied for second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.25 in the demo with 3.60 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 24-07: Saturday, 11/12/11:
1.8 in the demo (+20% episode-to-episode change) with 4.47 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.26 in the demo with 3.59 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 24-06: Saturday, 11/12/11:
1.5 in the demo (+15% episode-to-episode change) with 3.82 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.17 in the demo with 3.45 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 24-05: Saturday, 11/05/11:
1.3 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 3.97 million; second place in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.10 in the demo with 3.37 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows currently on the network.

Episode 24-04: Saturday, 11/05/11:
1.2 in the demo (+20% week-to-week change) with 3.485 million; second place in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.05 in the demo with 3.22 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows currently on the network.

Episode 24-03: Saturday, 9/24/11:
1.0 in the demo (0% week-to-week change) with 2.956 million; second place in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.0 in the demo with 3.13 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 4 non-scripted TV shows currently on the network.

Episode 24-02: Saturday, 9/17/11
Episode two was flat in the demographic (1.0), still down significantly from last season, and up slightly in total viewers (3.295). The season average to date is a 1.0 in the demo and 3.22 million viewers.
Season average: 1.0 demo with 3.22 million.

Episode 24-01: Saturday, 9/10/11
The series kicked off season 24 with a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic and 3.15 million viewers. That was a decline of nearly a million viewers and, more importantly, a loss of nearly 29% when compared to last season’s debut.

Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.3 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 usually reported by most other outlets and are estimates of the actual ratings. The final nationals are typically released in the late afternoon of the following day or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Cops TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a 25th season?

 

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Danny Wray July 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I am in shock that COPS is cancelled FOX sucks I am done with FOX

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AP March 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

WHO’S STUPID IDEA WAS THIS TO PUT ON A MEXICAN REALITY SHOW OVER COPS? Fox has screwed up big time with this move. The only regular show I watch on Fox is COPS the rest is either Nascar and the NFL. This proves Fox doesn’t care about the viewers, it’s all about the $$$$. Hope Fox doesn’t dump Nascar or NFL or Fox will mean nothing to me.

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H.H.D. March 25, 2012 at 1:06 am

COPS is the FIRST reality show on tv. Now that the world is obsessed with reality tv, does it make sense to cancel the show that paved the way? It’s also the ONLY reality tv show that is actually real. Never scripted, never rehearsed. I love the show so much, I record every episode and watch them over & over. I’ve watched COPS since day 1 and I credit the show to my desire to join and ultimately be accepted to 4 police academy’s. People always complain about the police but aren’t willing to watch a show that actually
gives them a behind the scense glimpse of police officers at work. It’s the only civilian job I know of where people murder you in cold blood just for doing th jobs!???? KEEP OC’

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Cops Fan March 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

I’m boycotting Fox. I have literally blocked it from my TV. Any Network that comes up with a new, stupid cartoon every 14 seconds and airs crap like Q Viva in place of a tried and true show like Cops, isn’t worth my time. I urge everyone to block Fox from their TV for 6 months.

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Fred Lutter March 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Saturday eve. has always been reserved for cop s. One of the few shows that is good. This new show called Q viva. Come on you got to be kidding. If this thing get s any ratings, then I m going to start listening to radio.

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AP March 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

It probably will get good ratings because it’s Jennifer Lopez’s show. I know there are lots of American Idol fans out there that follow ANY of these clowns like Simon Cowell, and Jennifer Lopez. It will be a miracle if COPS ever comes back on Fox, I hoping it does but if it doesn’t, Tru TV is starting to pick up a lot of good cop shows like Police POV, Vegas Strip, Vegas Jailhouse, and Inside American Jail so at least they’ll fill the void.

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Mary Raiman October 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Thank you SO much for the creation of COPS, and for its incredible 24-season longevity. That is a remarkable milestone and my Hubby and I hope that it will eventually surpass the longest running series in the history of television.

When we are not at home during new episodes, we record the show. We even watch and record most old episodes. When we record current episodes with the TV off, are we still being added to the viewer count in order to keep its rating high and keep it on the air? If not, is there any way for us to contribute to the active viewer count–short of leaving our TV on and tuned to FOX when we leave the house?

Again, thank you very, VERY much for this program. My husband and I both used to work in law enforcement (road patrol and communications, respectively) and we were drawn to watch the show when it first came on.

From the time we were young children, we have appreciated and looked up to police officers. Our gratitude and respect for them is immeasurable.

We extend our thanks and gratitude to your network staff and all of the people that are involved in the taping and showing of COPS. Our hope is that it will continue to pull in good numbers and that your network will be able to continue to air the series for many seasons to come.

Again, THANK YOU!!!

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C. Fitzpatrick February 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Please renew. If not I’m going to throw away my television because everything else is crap on TV. Every Saturday I wait for Cops to come on, not the Redneck 500.

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