Criminal Minds: 2011-2012 TV Season Ratings

Criminal Minds ratingsHere are the ratings for the Criminal Minds TV series. In the show, Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) and the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) team work tirelessly to understand and track down dangerous criminals. The seventh season of Criminal Minds typically airs Wednesday nights at 9pm on the CBS network.

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

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Final season seven averages: 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 12.63 million total viewers.

Episodes 07-23 & 07-24: Wednesday, 05/16/12
3.6 in the demo (+24% episode-to-episode change) with 13.68 million; third place at 9pm, first at 10pm.
Season average: 3.39 in the demo with 12.63 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-22: Wednesday, 05/09/12
2.9 in the demo (-3% episode-to-episode change) with 11.62 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.37 in the demo with 12.54 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-21: Wednesday, 05/02/12
3.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 11.47 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.40 in the demo with 12.58 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-20: Wednesday, 04/11/12
3.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 11.81 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.42 in the demo with 12.63 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-19: Wednesday, 04/04/12
3.0 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 11.34 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.44 in the demo with 12.68 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-18: Wednesday, 03/21/12
3.2 in the demo (+14% episode-to-episode change) with 12.09 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.46 in the demo with 12.75 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-17: Wednesday, 03/14/12
2.8 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 11.43 million; third at 9pm, second at 9:30pm.
Season average: 3.48 in the demo with 12.79 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

UPDATE: Criminal Minds has been renewed for an 8th season by CBS.

Episode 07-16: Wednesday, 2/29/12
3.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 12.54 million; third at 9pm, second at 9:30pm.
Season average: 3.52 in the demo with 12.88 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-15: Wednesday, 2/22/12
3.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 12.78 million; third place at 9pm, second place at 9:30pm.
Season average: 3.55 in the demo with 12.90 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-14: Wednesday, 2/15/12
3.1 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 12.10 million; third at 9pm, second at 9:30pm.
Season average: 3.58 in the demo with 12.91 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-13: Wednesday, 02/08/12:
3.3 in the demo (-11% episode-to-episode change) with 13.31 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.62 in the demo with 12.97 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-12: Wednesday, 01/25/12:
3.7 in the demo (+16% episode-to-episode change) with 13.81 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.64 in the demo with 12.94 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-11: Wednesday, 01/18/12:
3.2 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 13.00 million; third place at 9pm, second at 9:30pm.
Season average: 3.64 in the demo with 12.86 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-10: Wednesday, 12/14/11
3.4 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 12.88 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.68 in the demo with 12.85 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-09: Wednesday, 12/07/11
3.4 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 12.41 million; third in the timeslot at 9pm, first at 9:30pm.
Season average: 3.71 in the demo with 12.84 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-08: Wednesday, 11/16/11
3.7 in the demo (+9% episode-to-episode change) with 12.72 million; third in the timeslot at 9pm, second at 9:30pm.
Season average: 3.75 in the demo with 12.90 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-07: Wednesday, 11/09/11
3.4 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 11.36 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.76 in the demo with 12.92 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-06: Wednesday, 11/2/11
3.7 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 12.94 million; third in the timeslot at 9pm, second at 9:30pm.
Season average: 3.82 in the demo with 13.19 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-05: Wednesday, 10/19/11
3.9 in the demo (+3% episode-to-episode change) with 13.15 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.8 in the demo with 13.23 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-04: Wednesday, 10/12/11
3.8 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 12.87 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.8 in the demo with 13.25 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-03: Wednesday, 10/5/11
3.8 in the demo (+6% episode-to-episode change) with 13.43 million; third place in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.8 in the demo with 13.38 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 07-02: Wednesday, 9/28/11
Week two came down 12% in the demo to a 3.6 rating in the demo with 12.58 million viewers. It was a in a distant second at 9pm, opposite Modern Family, but won at 9:30pm. This week’s demo rating almost matches last season’s average and the show’s average slightly outranks NCIS: Los Angeles.
Season average: 3.8 demo with 13.36 million.

Episode 07-01: Wednesday, 9/21/11 The series got off to a positive start with a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 14.14 million viewers. It was second in its timeslot, beaten by the hour-long premiere of Modern Family. It was up slightly year-to-year.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 13.65 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 Criminal Minds TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for an eighth season?

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  1. says

    I think this is the best series on TV. I DVRed all the past episodes so I could be up to date with all the players in the series. I check weekly to see if Criminal Minds has been renewed. This series is interesting for all ages, so please renew. This would be a loss of an excellant cast if it were cancelled.

  2. Rebecca Catto says

    I absolutely love this team and this show, i’m a 23 year old student from Scotland and i love this show. I feel bad that i only started watching last year, because its now my favorite show. This show still has at least a couple more seasons, At Least, but i hope it gets more than that. Top notch TV, actors, action and episodes. Its great because my whole family is watching it now. Great times!!

    x

  3. Carol Elliott says

    I love Criminal Minds. Good ensemble cast, great stories, interesting — one of the shows I look for every week. I hope it doesn’t get cancelled. It is terrific.

  4. DJ says

    Great show,iam a big fan and so glad that they brought back JJ and Emily in to the show,the producer told that it where to expensive to keep a cast that big going in these harsh times,but i couldnt be gladder that CM suspect behaviour got cancelled and so there where a few extra bucks to bring them back in to the show….

  5. says

    Criminal minds is my very favorite show. I would actually get sick to my stomach if it was cancelled. I am very happy emily prentiss is back. None of the characters we have on the show should never be replaced. Thank you

  6. Katie says

    Criminal Minds will be back for a 8th season no doubt about it…. It is one of the best shows on TV. CBS would be strak raven mad to cancelle this show.

  7. Scott says

    I love Criminal Minds. Living in the UK means we get it a bit later than America, but it’s one of the best things on TV at the moment.

    • says

      Criminal Minds is my all time favorite show. I am 80 years old. I can’t imagine Wednesday without the team. The cast, writers, music directors are ALL top talents in their field. Even their guest actors are the best in the field. CBS would lose the hightest quality show ever.

  8. Cathy says

    Criminal Minds is one of the best shows on TV!! I don’t want to watch the dumb “sitcoms” Criminal Minds has meat on its bones and should be given many more seasons. I love the show!

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