Law & Order: SVU: 2011-12 TV Season Ratings

Law and Order: SVU ratingsHere are the ratings for Law & Order: SVU. Senior detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) is gone but detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) continues the good fight with the assistance of two new NYPD detectives, Nick Amaro and Amanda Rollins (Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish). The 13th season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit typically airs Wednesday nights at 10pm on the NBC network.

Here are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Law & Order: SVU is going to be cancelled or renewed for season 14. Check out our NBC ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

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Final season 13 averages: 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.87 million total viewers.

Episode 13-23: Wednesday, 05/23/12 (season finale)
2.0 in the demo (+18% episode-to-episode change) with 7.16 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.91 in the demo with 6.87 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-22: Wednesday, 05/16/12
1.7 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 5.56 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.90 in the demo with 6.85 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-21: Wednesday, 05/09/12
1.8 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 5.90 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.91 in the demo with 6.91 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Update: NBC has renewed SVU for a 14th season.

Episode 13-20: Wednesday, 05/02/12
1.9 in the demo (+12% episode-to-episode change) with 6.62 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.92 in the demo with 6.96 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-19: Wednesday, 04/25/12
1.7 in the demo (+6% episode-to-episode change) with 6.56 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.92 in the demo with 6.98 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-18: Wednesday, 04/18/12
1.6 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 5.95 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.93 in the demo with 7.01 million.
Demo average rank: tied for #3 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-17: Wednesday, 04/11/12
1.7 in the demo (+6% episode-to-episode change) with 5.57 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.95 in the demo with 7.07 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-16: Wednesday, 2/29/12
1.6 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 5.42 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.97 in the demo with 7.16 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-15: Wednesday, 2/22/12
1.6 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 5.99 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.99 in the demo with 7.28 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-14: Wednesday, 2/15/12
1.7 in the demo (-15% episode-to-episode change, a new series low) with 5.90 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.02 in the demo with 7.37 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-13: Wednesday, 02/08/12:
2.0 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 6.55 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.05 in the demo with 7.48 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-12: Wednesday, 01/18/12:
1.8 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 6.42 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.05 in the demo with 7.56 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-11: Wednesday, 1/11/12
2.0 in the demo (+5% episode-to-episode change) with 8.40 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.07 in the demo with 7.66 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-10: Wednesday, 12/07/11
1.9 in the demo (-14% episode-to-episode change) with 7.03 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.08 in the demo with 7.59 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-09: Wednesday, 11/30/11
2.2 in the demo (+16% episode-to-episode change) with 9.90 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.10 in the demo with 7.65 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-08: Wednesday, 11/16/11
1.9 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.33 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.09 in the demo with 7.37 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-07: Wednesday, 11/09/11
1.9 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 6.70 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.11 in the demo with 7.38 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-06: Wednesday, 11/2/11
2.0 in the demo (-9% episode-to-episode change) with 7.10 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.15 in the demo with 7.49 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-05: Wednesday, 10/19/11
2.2 in the demo (+5% episode-to-episode change) with 7.66 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.2 in the demo with 7.57 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 11 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-04: Wednesday, 10/12/11
2.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.34 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.2 in the demo with 7.55 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 11 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-03: Wednesday, 10/5/11
2.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.98 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.2 in the demo with 7.62 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 11 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-02: Wednesday, 9/28/11
Week two didn’t bring any better news with a 13% demo decline; garnering a 2.1 rating with 7.24 million. While these numbers are disappointing, the show is still the network’s third-highest rated scripted series.
Season average: 2.3 demo with 7.44 million.

Episode 13-01: Wednesday, 9/21/11
The venerable crime drama returned to disappointing numbers, a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.63 million viewers. That was down by 25% in the demo when compared to last year’s premiere. It was in a distant third place for the timeslot.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.48 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 Law & Order: SVU TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a 14th season?

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45 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. kurt major says

    I think Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson made the most powerful performances in the Law and Order series. The chemistry was awesome. Hoping for a big return by Elliot to the series. I think ratings will soar. Even a SVU movie will be great.

  2. Traci says

    I do not like the two new characters. While I think the show can survive without Stabler, I feel the two replacements are not strong enough characters and do not come close to the rapport that Stabler had with the team. Find another strong character and I would love to see it return.

  3. says

    Love the show ; glad to hear it is renewed for season 14!
    I would love to see Stephanie March as the units permanent ADA with more scenes together with Mariska .
    More Dr Melinda Warner would be great, also.
    Just because Meloni left, you don’t need to recreate the whole show…give viewers the characters they’ve love to watch for a dozen years…expand more on their lives and a little less on the underbelly of life…

  4. linda c says

    I hate this show. Depressing, and more depressing!
    The content makes everyone scared of everyone else, scared to go outside, scared to speak to their neghbor, scared of everything!
    True there are times when one should be cautious, but this show never brings light to anything positive, or good in this world. Week after week, the same old formula story line of: you can’t trust anyone, beware of the booey-man/woman, and never, ever, ever, go out of your house! Ridiculous!

    Cancel this show!

  5. Nicole says

    I like all the original stars on the show. BUT when my daughter found out that Stabler was gone we decided not the watch the show any more. Sorry. Now we just watch the re-runs that still have Stabler in them.

  6. Julia says

    In the beginning episodes of this season I was really doubting that this was going to be a good season. After stabler left I felt that this season was going to suck. I contunued to watch however and I’m really glad I did because this season keeps getting better! The past two episodes were really good and I’m excited for the next few! They have about 20 episodes already so its probably almost time for the season finale. If theres one thing that I love the most about SVU is that they always have the best finales. Hopefully it will be good enough to boost ratings and allow for a fourteenth season. The show has been around for so long and it has come so far. I would hate to see it get cancelled because it was, in my opinion, the best installment of the Law and Order series.

  7. ariala says

    I think SVU has done just fine without Stabler.
    I hope SVU comes back with David Hayden for
    Olivia. ( Henry Connick Jr is cute!)

  8. Love it says

    I haven’t watched since Stabler left. Please bring him back. I love the show, but think it would be better if he would come back. Won’t watch till he comes back!!

  9. Rick Estep says

    I think if the network would quit messing with the schedule of new episodes of SVU it would get better ratings.

  10. William Schantz says

    Do not cancel law and order SVU! Law and order has been one of the most influential tv shows ever made! It brought crime into the forefront of pop culture and has influenced television for two decades. SVU is a more then just a television show it is an important piece of television history that changed the way people script shows, people watch shows and will continue to do so for a long time. It has had one of the most significant influences on television and it would be terrible to loose such an influential part of entertainment history. I might have to boycott NBC if they cancel SVU! DO NOT CANCEL LAW AND ORDER

  11. Mayi vega says

    I hope the program continues without Stabler! The new cast is wonderful and the program is my favorite on TV!

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