Cougar Town: 2011-12 Season Ratings

Cougar Town season three ratingsHere are the ratings for the Cougar Town TV series. This season, Jules (Courteney Cox) gets engaged to her boyfriend Grayson (Josh Hopkins). Will they make it to the chapel? The third season of Cougar Town typically airs Tuesday nights at 8:30pm on the ABC network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Cougar Town is going to be cancelled or renewed for season four. Check out our ABC ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

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Season three final averages: 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.23 million total viewers.

Episodes 03-14 and 03-15: Tuesday, 05/29/12 (season finale)
1.2 in the demo (+20% episode-to-episode change) with 3.42 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.41 in the demo with 4.23 million.
Demo average rank: #21 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-13: Tuesday, 05/15/12
1.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 3.22 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.45 in the demo with 4.36 million.
Demo average rank: #21 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-12: Tuesday, 05/15/12
1.0 in the demo (-33% episode-to-episode change) with 3.31 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.48 in the demo with 4.45 million.
Demo average rank: #21 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

UPDATE: Cougar Town has been renewed for a fourth season but is moving to TBS.

Episode 03-11: Tuesday, 05/08/12
1.5 in the demo (+15% episode-to-episode change) with 4.63 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.53 in the demo with 4.55 million.
Demo average rank: #20 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-10: Tuesday, 05/01/12
1.3 in the demo (-13% episode-to-episode change) with 4.77 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.53 in the demo with 4.55 million.
Demo average rank: #21 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

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Episode 03-09: Tuesday, 04/24/12
1.5 in the demo (+7% episode-to-episode change) with 4.89 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.56 in the demo with 4.52 million.
Demo average rank: #21 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-08: Tuesday, 04/17/12
1.4 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 4.45 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.56 in the demo with 4.48 million.
Demo average rank: #21 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-07: Tuesday, 04/10/12
1.5 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 4.81 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.59 in the demo with 4.48 million.
Demo average rank: #20 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-06: Tuesday, 03/20/12
1.6 in the demo (+14% episode-to-episode change) with 4.38 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.60 in the demo with 4.42 million.
Demo average rank: #19 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-05: Tuesday, 03/13/12
1.4 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 4.17 million; tied for third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.60 in the demo with 4.43 million.
Demo average rank: #18 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-04: Tuesday, 03/06/12
1.5 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 4.33 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.65 in the demo with 4.50 million.
Demo average rank: #18 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-03: Tuesday, 02/28/12
1.6 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change, new series low) with 4.30 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.70 in the demo with 4.56 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-02: Tuesday, 02/21/12
1.7 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 4.49 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.75 in the demo with 4.69 million.
Demo average rank: #15 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-01: Tuesday, 02/14/12
1.8 in the 18-49 demographic with 4.88 million total viewers; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.80 in the demo with 4.88 million.
Demo average rank: Tied for #15 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Compared to one year earlier, Cougar Town’s season premiere was down by 47% in the demo (vs a 3.4 rating) and down by 42% in total viewers (vs 8.32 million). Not a good sign for the future.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.56 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 like the Cougar Town TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?

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12 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Brianna says

    I think the ratings drop has everything to do with ABC’s terrible decision to move the timeslot and take random breaks and not much to do at all with the “quality” of the show going downhill (which it hasn’t, in my opinion). Theirweird treatment of Cougar Town has left even big-time fans like me scratching my head, just trying to figure out when it would be on again and on what day it would land. It almost seems like they were setting it up to fail. It’s such a funny show with just the right amount of quirkiness, quotable snippets and heart-warming moments. Everyone I know who watches the show not only loves it and references it but also kind of wishes that they could be a part of the cul-de-sac crew. The show’s name no longer applies and that’s probaby holding it back from gaining new viewers, but that’s where ABC’s promotion department should come in. SAVE COUGAR TOWN!

  2. Bull Halsey says

    I love this show, as noted numerous times earlier it is ABC’s fault for it’s current ratings – please ABC don’t punish it for your mistake.

  3. Jamison says

    Don’t cancel Cougar Town, I’m a 22 year old college guy who laughs to the point of side stitches on this show! It’s too funny and the title has nothing to do with the show so give it a chance! Come on People turn on your tvs or at least give the show another time slot!!!

  4. Georgia says

    They’re changed the concept of this show. It’s not really Courtney being a “courgar.” They’ve turned it into just another lame sitcom now.

    • says

      Lame? Are you kidding? The producers and writers figured out quite soon that a “sitcom” about a 40 year old woman trolling for younger guys really would not hold the interest of the audience they were targeting. It revolved into a group of friends that were very compatible, cared about each other, funnier than any other group currently on air and has story lines that keeps us coming back for more. It is cleverly written, casted and directed.

  5. Ellen says

    I used to love Cougar Town. This first episode was dreadful. What used to be quirky and fun is now just awkward and contrived. My cringe-meter was off the charts!

  6. Jake says

    @Beth. It was after Modern Family.The line-up for Wednesday was The Middle,Better With You,Modern Family,and then Cougar Town last year.And then they started to introduce Happy Endings & Mr. Sunshine into the fold.I loved all 6 shows.They could have made it an all Wednesday night comedy line-up in my opinion.The Middle,Better With You,Modern Family,Mr. Sunshine,Cougar Town,and Happy Endings would have been perfect,had they not cancelled Better With You & Mr. Sunshine.And since they cancelled BWY,I refuse to watch Suburgatory.I watch The Middle,mute Suburgatory,and then watch Modern Family & Happy Endings.I think the ratings for CT are down because they moved it to another night.

  7. Decalen says

    ABC has treated Cougar Town like an unwanted step child. They delayed the third season then scheduled it against two hour-long very popular shows with a season debut on a night when most viewers in the age range they were targeting would be celebrating a holiday that calls for an evening out to dinner. It seems that they are abusing and putting this great show in a losing situation. Shame on ABC for doing no favors to a very funny and well-casted, written show.

  8. Beth says

    Omg! I know..It used to flow great on Wednesday. It would be after The Middle I think. But, that’s Suburgatory. And Happy Endings is in the 8:30 space. They should put Cougar Town before Last Man Standing!

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