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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53 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. macrocker says

    I really like this show and hope they keep the team they have now. Not replacing them. I watch this show all the time.

  2. Jen says

    Please bring this back!! I’m new to CM but fell in love the first time I saw it and sought out to watch every single episode since Season 1!! Between shows on multiple TV channels and the internet, I have now seen every show. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!!!! Please do not deny the viewers!! Along with HBO’s, “Homeland” this is my favorite scripted TV show!

  3. carmen boyle says

    I love this show. Have watched it from the beginning. The team seems to get along so well. I love the suspense. Don’t cancel.

  4. amanda says

    Seriously keep the show!!! It’s a great show, and still has some kick in it left. Don’t throw away a good thing just for ratings. You’ll end up replacing it with something that will sink like the titanic the very next day… save criminal minds!!!!!!! <3 the show!!!

  5. Chuck says

    Definitely renew it. Even though Paget Brewster is leaving, the stories are still great. Besides, I’m sure many viewers would like to know more about Hotchner’s new romance. Did you know that the actress who plays hotch’s new love interest murdered her entire episode in a Law & Order episode.

  6. Amelia A. says

    mmh, CM has lost market shares this year – showrunners and writers have to take action. Nevertheless, with so much competition on the screen still a good value. With the departure of Paget Brewster at the end of S7, they have a new opportunity, which of course can go either way (more downhill or up). It depends on the audience “willingness of disbeliefs”. After last season 6 many turbulences, to the focus change this year: tone shift and out-of-character behavior, to less profiling and less in-depth sights into ICD10 disorders, less team-interactions (b/c focusing on single character) I’m not sure how much the individual viewers still wants to swallow. «Somehow» I tend to end it while it’s high with the whole team together and start a fresh new project.

  7. says

    Keep!!!! It’s my favorite show ever! I only wish Gideon would come back, they could manage something with that since he didn’t die, he just left on a long journey (like a 5-season journey so far but hey who’s really counting) … but I know that Mandy Patinkin is done with the show :(

  8. Anonymous says

    I absolutely love this team and this show,I’m in the USAF and I love this show. Its my favorite show. Top notch TV, actors, action and episodes. Its great because my whole unit always talks about the show in the office the next day..we are all IT jeeks. The team show a family unit, its the little things all the actors bring to the show.

    Its the best shows on TV!!

    Have a Good Air Force Day

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