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Desperate Housewives: 2011-12 TV Season Ratings

Desperate Housewives ratingsHere are the final ratings for Desperate Housewives. The ladies of Wisteria Lane (Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, and Vanessa Williams) are back for one last season. The eighth season of Desperate Housewives typically airs Sunday nights at 9pm on the ABC network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Desperate Housewives how well the the TV show’s performing in its last season. Check out our ABC ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season eight averages: 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.76 million total viewers.

Episodes 08-22 & 08-23: Sunday, 05/13/12
3.2 in the demo (+19% episode-to-episode change) with 11.12 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.74 in the demo with 8.76 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-21: Sunday, 05/06/12
2.7 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 9.22 million; tied for first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.70 in the demo with 8.53 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-20: Sunday, 04/29/12
2.5 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 8.02 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.70 in the demo with 8.50 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-19: Sunday, 04/01/12
2.6 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 8.49 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.71 in the demo with 8.52 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-18: Sunday, 03/25/12
2.6 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 8.81 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.72 in the demo with 8.52 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-17: Sunday, 03/18/12
2.6 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 9.03 million; third place at 9pm, second at 9:30pm.
Season average: 2.72 in the demo with 8.51 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-16: Sunday, 03/11/12
2.6 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 8.39 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.73 in the demo with 8.47 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-15: Sunday, 03/04/12
2.5 in the demo (+14% episode-to-episode change) with 8.21 million; second at 9pm, first at 9:30pm.
Season average: 2.74 in the demo with 8.48 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-14: Sunday, 02/19/12
2.2 in the demo (+22% episode-to-episode change) with 7.65 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.76 in the demo with 8.50 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-13: Sunday, 02/12/12
1.8 in the demo (-31% episode-to-episode change, new series low!) with 6.40 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.80 in the demo with 8.56 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-12: Sunday, 1/22/12
2.6 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 7.48 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.88 in the demo with 8.74 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-11: Sunday, 1/15/12
2.7 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 7.91 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.91 in the demo with 8.86 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-10: Sunday, 1/8/12
3.0 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 8.84 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.93 in the demo with 8.96 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-09: Sunday, 12/04/11
2.7 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 8.20 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.92 in the demo with 8.97 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-08: Sunday, 11/13/11
3.0 in the demo (+7% episode-to-episode change) with 9.29 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.95 in the demo with 9.06 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-07: Sunday, 11/06/11
2.8 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 8.78 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.94 in the demo with 9.03 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-06: Sunday, 10/30/11
3.1 in the demo (+3% episode-to-episode change) with 9.28 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.97 in the demo with 9.07 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-05: Sunday, 10/23/11
3.0 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 9.17 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.9 in the demo with 9.03 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 08-04: Sunday, 10/16/11
2.7 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 8.27 million; third in the timeslot.
Demo average rank: #7 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012); tied with The Middle.
Season average: 2.9 in the demo with 9.0 million.

Episode 08-03: Sunday, 10/9/11
2.8 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 8.63 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).
Season average: 3.0 in the demo with 9.24 million.

Episode 08-02: Sunday, 10/2/11
3.0 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 9.16 million; third in the timeslot.

Episode 08-01: Sunday, 9/25/11
3.2 in the 18-49 demographic with 9.93 million; third in the timeslot. The debut was down by 26% in the demo when compared to last year’s season opener.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.17 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 Desperate Housewives TV series? Do you think it should be renewed for a ninth season instead of ending?

 

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{ 8 comments }

CLP March 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I like the show; and according to the ratings it does better than some shows that are not on the chopping block, now why is that?
I would like to see it stay – RENEW !!

pat February 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

Having Downton Abby showing through Dec and Jan/2012 has skewed these numbers.In fact, these numbers are really good considering that Downton Abby has been on Sunday nights at 9:oo.

jennifer November 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

It would be a blessing to its’ fans if “Desperate Housewives” was able to somehow return for a ninth season. Personally,I absolute love the show & have fallen in love with vanessa williams’ character:”Renee”. This season has been very good thus far & there have been many moments I have found to be very,very funny. The fact remains the best moments on this show are,&,will continue to be when the ladies are together & up to something.It has truly been amazing watching them go through everything they have experienced since Carlos killed Gaby’s father.Honestly,D.H has always been a program I always look forward to watching,&,thus far,this season has not been an exception. Several programs get lower ratings than “Desperate Housewives,but, are allowed to remain on the air,&,that does not seem at all fair to me. I understand ratings are important,but,to put things in perspective: can you imagine how ecstatic a network such as the CW would be if ANY of its’ programs garnered more than nine million viewers on a consistent basis! Also, I am quite sure many fans watch D.H. on tivo,on the internet,& record it to watch later on-hardly anyone watches shows when they’re aired live anymore,but,because of the advertising money involved-only people who watch a program live are counted. Also,remember not everyone has a nielsen box- I certainly don’t! If they were to count the viewers who watched “Desperate Housewives” on tivo,on internet & recorded-I’m sure the #’s would be much higher! If a miracle happens,we may get a ninth season,&,if not-watch & treasure each & every episode. P.S.: Something Abc should keep in mind:it is not a given that whatever were to replace “Desperate Housewives” would even get nine million viewers,&,in D.H. you have a reliable established show. Thank you.

lourdes November 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I love the show. It is one of those you wait for it to come on. There is always something new and you wonder what will happen next.

billy martins November 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

give it some time as spring comes when football playoffs are done thats when desperate housewives ratings will boost up towards the end of the season thats when we will see a spike in the ratings as of another year thats not a options cause it’s already there final season that will be good if we can see a ninth season but the show has already run it’s course.

George November 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

Do you like the Desperate Housewives TV series?

Yes, its still watchable

Do you think it should be renewed for a ninth season instead of ending?

No, It not as good as it was and its showing it age. Its time to go and they should bow out gracefully.

Eleonor November 2, 2011 at 6:37 am

Do you like the Desperate Housewives TV series?
YES!
Do you think it should be renewed for a ninth season instead of ending?
AND YES!

ellie October 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

yes i wish DHW would never end… i LOVE the show.