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FOX 2011-12 Ratings Report Card

FOX TV show ratingsHow are your favorite FOX TV shows doing this season? Which ones are hits and which ones are in danger of being cancelled? You might be surprised. By looking at the chart below, you’ll be to see their current season ranking, ratings averages to date, and their grade in the all-important 18-49 demographic.

There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when deciding whether to cancel or renew a TV series but the ratings are the main ingredient. (Wonder if your favorite’s already been renewed or cancelled? Visit our FOX 2011-12 show page.

These charts incorporate final ratings data through Friday, June 1, 2012.

FOX TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
1New Girl (renewed)A3.2 (3.23)6.52ratings
2Family Guy (renewed)A-3.1 (3.05)5.98ratings
3Glee (renewed)A-3.0 (3.02)7.31ratings
4The Simpsons (renewed)B+2.9 (2.86)6.15ratings
5Napoleon Dynamite (cancelled)B2.6 (2.60)5.31ratings
6House (ended)B-2.5 (2.52)7.14ratings
7Terra Nova (cancelled)B-2.5 (2.49)7.52ratings
8Bones (renewed)C+2.4 (2.39)8.07ratings
9American Dad (renewed)C+2.3 (2.28)4.68ratings
10Touch (renewed)C+2.2 (2.23)7.55ratings
11Alcatraz (cancelled)C2.2 (2.18)6.74ratings
12Raising Hope (renewed)C2.2 (2.16)4.83ratings
13Allen Gregory (cancelled)C-2.0 (1.97)4.16ratings
14Bob's Burgers (renewed)C-1.9 (1.87)3.87ratings
15I Hate My Teenage Daughter (cancelled)D+1.8 (1.84)4.75ratings
16The Cleveland Show (renewed)D+1.8 (1.78)3.78ratings
17The Finder (cancelled)C-*1.7 (1.69)5.45ratings
18Breaking In (cancelled)D-1.4 (1.44)3.01ratings
19Fringe (renewed)D-*1.1 (1.12)3.07ratings
FOX TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
1American Idol (Weds.) (renewed)A++5.3 (5.34)17.66ratings
2American Idol (Thurs.) (renewed)A++4.8 (4.77)16.59ratings
3The X Factor (Weds.) (renewed)A+3.7 (3.71)10.85ratings
4The X Factor (Thurs.) (renewed)A+3.5 (3.52)11.06ratings
5Mobbed (returning)C2.0 (1.96)5.49ratings
6Kitchen Nightmares (renewed)C*1.5 (1.48)3.58ratings
7Cops (renewed)D+*1.3 (1.28)3.76ratings
8Q'Viva! The Chosen (cancelled)F*0.6 (0.57)1.80ratings
Other ratings report cards: ABC | CBS | The CW | NBC

Here’s the Summer 2012 report card.

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

A couple of notes about these charts:
The averages included in these charts are based on the final numbers, not the fast affiliate ratings that are typically reported the morning after. The final numbers become available about a day after the broadcasts or, in the case of Fridays, weekends, and holidays, several days later. The charts are updated as the new data is made available.

Keep in mind that the demo numbers are what’s most important to advertisers and therefore, that’s how the networks measure success. Agree with it or not, 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 round the averages to the tenth place as well but that ultimately ends up making it harder for our readers to track any upward or downward movement week-to-week. 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.

So 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 number’s been affected by the latest episode’s demo rating.

The letter grades are relative 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. The closer a show is to the bottom of the list, the more chance it has of getting cancelled.

*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 at who’s doing the best and who’s doing terribly? Are any of your favorite shows in danger of being cancelled?


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