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CW 2011-12 Ratings Report Card

CW ratingsThere’s lots of data that the networks look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series — particulalry in the case of The CW — but the ratings are a major ingredient.

Wonder if your favorite’s already been renewed or cancelled? Visit our CW 2011-12 show page.

Which CW shows are hits and which ones are in danger of being cancelled? The answer might surprise you. By looking at the chart below, you can see their current season ranking, ratings averages to date, and their grade in the all-important 18-49 demographic.

This chart incorporates final ratings data through Friday, June 1, 2012.

Demo
rank
TV showsDemo
grade
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
Viewers
in millions
1The Vampire Diaries (renewed)A++1.3 (1.29)2.81ratings
2America's Next Top Model (fall) (renewed)A-0.8 (0.81)1.84ratings
3The Secret Circle (cancelled)B+0.8 (0.77)1.83ratings
4One Tree Hill (ended)B+0.8 (0.75)1.46ratings
5Supernatural (renewed)A+*0.7 (0.73)1.73ratings
690210 (renewed)B0.7 (0.70)1.34ratings
7Hart of Dixie (renewed)B-0.6 (0.64)1.57ratings
8Ringer (cancelled)C+0.6 (0.61)1.49ratings
9Gossip Girl (renewed)C+0.6 (0.59)1.18ratings
10America's Next Top Model (spring) (unknown)C-0.5 (0.53)1.14ratings
11H8R (cancelled)C-0.5 (0.50)1.19ratings
11Nikita (renewed)C+*0.5 (0.50)1.54ratings
13Remodeled (cancelled)F0.3 (0.30)0.67ratings
14The LA Complex (renewed)F0.3 (0.25)0.56ratings

Other ratings report cards: ABC | CBS | FOX | NBC

Original ratings data ┬ęThe Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

A couple of notes about this chart:
The averages included in this chart are based on the final numbers, not the fast affiliate ratings that are typically reported the next morning. The final numbers become available about a day after the broadcasts or in some cases several days later. The chart will be updated as the new data becomes available.

Keep in mind that the demo numbers (not total viewers) are what’s most important to advertisers. Therefore, that’s how the networks measure success. Advertisers pay more for ad time on a show that has a higher demo rating versus one with a lot more overall viewers.

Demo numbers are reported by Nielsen using the 10ths decimal place (2.4, for example). We used to report averages that way but it ends up being hard to see any movement week to week — particularly considering The CW’s small demo ratings. It can also be a little misleading since a show with a 2.35 average and a show with a 2.44 average will both round to a 2.4 rating.

In this chart, we’re including the demo average rounded to the 10th (2.4) as well as the 100th place (2.41) in parenthesis so you can get a better idea of how the average has been affected by the latest episode’s demo rating.

The letter grades are relative (kind of like grading on a curve) and are based on the individual network’s demo performance. All of the networks have very different gauges for success right now. (A successful show for The CW would get quickly cancelled on CBS.) Our system for coming up with letter grades isn’t perfect but it should still give you an idea of where the different shows stand.

Since The CW has very few shows, the reality shows are included with the scripted series.

*The grades for TV series that run on Friday and Saturday nights are weighted a little differently, to compensate for airing on little-watched nights.

What do you think? Are surprised by any of the ratings? Are any of your favorite shows in danger of being cancelled? Which should be doing better?

 

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Alex April 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

please dont cancel nikita its the greatest

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kristyn April 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

pls keep ringer give it a chance cws not about ratigns anyway

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erin April 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

Please save ringer for a second season
please renew gossip girls for seventh season gossip girls is a poular show on the cw network

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Raquela April 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Please save Ringer and Hart of Dixie. They are really interesting shows and have potential. I think that both these shows will grow .

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Tiffany April 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm

PLEASE KEEP HART OF DIXIE!!! My new favorite show just look at the ratings!! HART OF DIXIE SHOULD BE RENEWED!

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Caitlin April 24, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Hart of Dixie has higher ratings than half of the other shows. That just proves it should be renewed! Please!??!

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MoreRinger April 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I would like to see Ringer renewed. I think America’s Top Model should be canceled. Please give Ringer a second season, CW!

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LISA April 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

MY FAMILY LOVES RINGER!!!! PLS DON’T CANCEL IT

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Sid April 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Forgot to add that CW could order CULT or Shelter as a mid-season replacement.

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Sid April 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Renew: TVD, Supernatural, 9O21O, NIKITA, Hart of Dixie, ANTM, & Gossip Girl(13 episodes-final season).

Cancel: RINGER, THE SECRET CIRCLE & One Tree Hill(already ended),

Mondays:
ARROW (New Series)
Beauty & the Beast (New Series)

Tuesdays:
9O21O
Hart of Dixie/ The L.A. Complex(if renewed)

Wednesdays:
The Carrie Diaries (New Series)/GOSSIP GIRL
ANTM

Thursdays:
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
THE SELECTION (NEW SERIES)

Fridays:
SUPERNATURAL
NIKITA

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Rj April 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Thats the dumbest thing i’v eve heard, cancel ringer and the Secret Cirle??? Your mental if anything needs to go its that tired ass americas model show ad Gossip girl, some of the worst things on tv ATM!

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Ringer Addict April 23, 2012 at 7:27 am

Oooh I hope that Ringer is not cancelled!! It did start of slow, but geared right up after the first couple! Please CW it’s time to Axe a show that’s been on longer and has turned boring, and give this show a shot at living up to it’s potential!! I hate when shows get axed, I DVR everything and it’s not fair that DVR watchers are not counted as potential fans! I work nights and LOVE this show and think my vote as a DVR’r should count just as much as a watch now fan!!!

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Bill Goodpaster April 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

Has Nikita been cancelled? I love this show and the others (Hart of Dixie and Ringer). Please leave them on if you can.

THANK YOU!!!!

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berta April 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I love Ringer and am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be renewed. The twists and turns keep you on the end of your seat and those last 5 minutes, always the best. I love this show. Give it another chance. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

PLEASE RENEW THE RINGER!!!!!!!! IT’S A GREAT SHOW!!!! It would be STUPID to cancel this show when there are horrible ones still on the air!

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ally wells April 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Are the ratings just from america cos if so they should include the uk i want to see season 2 ringer i think they should give it a chance its awesome !

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Ann Gilbert April 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Ringer is one of the best tv series to come along in a long time. I certainly hope it will be renewed next season!

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berta April 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Me too. How sad if it is not renewed! :(

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Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm

You can save by http://www.eonline.com/news/watch_with_kristin/save_one_show_vote_winner/310697 if u cant see the poll click keep reading

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Lori April 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Hart of Dixie is a wonderful show that my daughter and I enjoy watching together. Jamie Presley’s character Lemmon is surprisingly complex and You find yourself rooting for her despite her superior attitude. Please renew this show and give it a chance to grow!!

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Craig April 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Lemmon is played by Jaime King.

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