CSI: Ratings for the 2011-2012 TV Season

CSI ratingsHere are the latest CSI ratings. In this TV series, D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) joins as Night-Shift Coordinator and helps the team figure out how some unlucky people came to their untimely deaths in Las Vegas. The 12th season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation typically airs Wednesday nights at 10pm on the CBS network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if CSI is going to be cancelled or renewed for season 13. 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 12 averages: 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.37 million total viewers.

Episode 12-22: Wednesday, 05/09/12
2.4 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 10.73 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.72 in the demo with 11.37 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-21: Wednesday, 05/02/12
2.3 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 9.75 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.73 in the demo with 11.40 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-20: Wednesday, 04/11/12
2.4 in the demo (-17% episode-to-episode change) with 9.94 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.75 in the demo with 11.48 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-19: Wednesday, 04/04/12
2.9 in the demo (+12% episode-to-episode change) with 12.06 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.77 in the demo with 11.56 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-18: Wednesday, 03/21/12
2.6 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 11.38 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.77 in the demo with 11.54 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-17: Wednesday, 03/14/12
2.8 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 11.71 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.78 in the demo with 11.55 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

UPDATE: CSI has been renewed for a 13th season by CBS.

Episode 12-16: Wednesday, 2/29/12
2.6 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 11.30 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.77 in the demo with 11.54 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-15: Wednesday, 2/22/12
2.9 in the demo (+12% episode-to-episode change) with 11.91 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.79 in the demo with 11.55 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-14: Wednesday, 2/15/12
2.6 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 11.09 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.78 in the demo with 11.53 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-13: Wednesday, 02/08/12:
2.5 in the demo (-27% episode-to-episode change) with 10.88 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.79 in the demo with 11.56 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-12: Wednesday, 01/25/12:
3.4 in the demo (+21% episode-to-episode change) with 14.26 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.82 in the demo with 11.62 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-11: Wednesday, 01/18/12:
2.8 in the demo (-3% episode-to-episode change) with 12.02 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.76 in the demo with 11.38 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-10: Wednesday, 12/14/11
2.9 in the demo (+16% episode-to-episode change) with 12.23 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.76 in the demo with 11.31 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-09: Wednesday, 12/07/11
2.5 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 11.14 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.74 in the demo with 11.21 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012); tied with Person of Interest.

Episode 12-08: Wednesday, 11/16/11
2.6 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 10.60 million; tied for first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.77 in the demo with 11.22 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-07: Wednesday, 11/09/11
2.5 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 10.16 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.80 in the demo with 11.31 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-06: Wednesday, 11/2/11
2.7 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 10.79 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.85 in the demo with 11.50 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-05: Wednesday, 10/19/11
2.6 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 10.6 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.9 in the demo with 11.64 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-04: Wednesday, 10/12/11
2.6 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 10.93 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.0 in the demo with 11.85 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-03: Wednesday, 10/5/11
2.9 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 11.98 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.1 in the demo with 12.16 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 12-02: Wednesday, 9/28/11
In week two, CSI dropped by just 3% in the demo to a 3.1 rating with 11.76 million. It was in first place in the timeslot, thanks to a episode-to-episode decline for Revenge. Compared to the rest of the CBS shows, this one’s average is in the middle of the pack.
Season average: 3.2 demo with 12.25 million.

Episode 12-01: Wednesday, 9/21/11
If CBS was hoping that Ted Danson’s addition would attract a big audience for the season premiere, they were likely disappointed. In its new timeslot, the series attracted a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 12.74 million viewers. It was in a close second place, behind the debut of Revenge on ABC. CSI was down year-to-year by 6% in the demo and 15% in total viewership. While the series is way past its prime, these numbers aren’t bad.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 13.27 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 CSI TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for an 13th season?

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20 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. robyn pell says

    They should definately keep csi running,its a brilliant show and myself and my family live watching it,though I do think they need to bring grissom back.

  2. Kristen Judge says

    I think anyone that would say this show is boring or should be cancelled is better entertained by dumb blonds and sometimes brunettes and red heads too sobbing about losing the love of there life that they met two weeks ago or stupid reality shows like wipeout. PLEASE!! What about the million’s of us that want to watch a real show. Dont get me wrong i cried when grissom left the show but as far as im concerned danson is doing just fine and the only one almost as quirky as gil was. I dont think anyone could replace him, nor sarah, nor katherine, or anyone else on the show thats been there for years. They need to stop changing
    the cast so much. THE CSI SHOWS AND CRIMINAL MINDS ARE ABOUT THE BEST ON TV AND ONE OF THE FEW REAL SHOWS LEFT. PLEASE LEAVE THE FEW WE HAVE LEFT ALONE.
    I guess they just want to replace every show with stupid reality programs until the lose millions of viewers.

  3. Why says

    Don’t like Danson and the premise is unbelievable. CSI people don’t go interrogate and arrest people. They collect and process evidence. That’s why they are called Crime Scene Investigators. Not Homicide Divsion, Major Crimes or names like that.

    If you show the science, show it right and not distort the truth. You can’t accomplish what they do in that short a time period.

    • Brad says

      The show has been on well over a decade and those points have been brought up time and again. It’s fictional drama television and enough people enjoy it that it gets renewed year after year.

  4. Samara says

    I love Ted Danson on the show, but with Marg Helgenburg off the show, it will suffer the same way it did when William Petersen left! No offense meant to Elisabeth Shue, but she is not strong enough (likely no one would be) to fill the void left by a character who has been there for eleven and a half years! It’s too bad, because I adore Jorja Fox and Eric Smandza so much – and the chemistry Ted Danson has with them! I will wait to see if I want to watch another season!

  5. A.D. says

    Much as I love the show, I think it’s time has come. I say make this a series finale season before it gets too boring & just gets dropped.

  6. ThatBob says

    Unfortunately, this show has completely lost touch with what made it so good in the early years. The cases are less imaginitive, the techniques they use have been done over and over by now, and they’ve thrown reality out the window and turned the CSI’s into stock cop show detectives pulling guns and kicking down doors in a lame bid for excitement.

  7. says

    Either Ted Danson needs to go or CSI needs to go. He stinks big time and is dragging to show to it’s death. Bring back Laurence Fishburne, the best character as Langston CSI ever had. Why did you let him slip away CBS?

  8. Anne simpson says

    I think the show has lost its punch; it has deviated from the formula it had at the beginning –the science telling the story – and most importantly, in a way that usually had a twist . I believe it has run its course.

  9. OC Fan says

    I love the show! I have seen all of them. But the show is changing Characters to much. Also the cases have gone down hill. There is more drama and less actual forensic science. I am a bit disappointed. I think it is time for the show to finally end. Sadly.

  10. mes says

    If the writers can continue what they’ve done in these first 2 episodes the rest of the season, H*LL YEAH I WANT A 13TH SEASON!!!

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