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. Rafael says

    While the beautiful and talented Mariska Hargitay is on the show I’ll be seeing. This season without Meloni is best. I like Danny Pino.

  2. MaryAnn says

    Law and order SVU should definitely be renewed for another season or two. Great actors playing characters who come across as real and caring people. I like them all; I was surprised that Chris Meloni left, but I understand his reasoning. The actor mr. Pinot (forget his first name right now) is a terrific actor. I enjoyed watching him in Cold Case and it’s great to see him now in L&O-SVU.
    The writing has always been timely and realistic….sometimes I would like to get a followup in a future episode (or maybe even in the original one) on the situation portrayed. Like a couple of sentences summing up whether or not justice was served.
    Great show. Please renew it.

  3. Cathy says

    Stabler’s leaving the show hit me unaware and I must say, without him and the chemistry between he and Benson, it has lost its charm. What were the producers thinking to argue with Meloni over whatever the problem was-I assume money. No Meloni, no show as far as I am concerned. (I secretly hoped for the past 12 years that he and Benson would finally cross the line…..)

  4. Beth says

    I would like to see SVU stay on! I would also like to see Christopher Meloni come back! Give him whatever he wants…he IS worth it! Ice T and Mariska Hartigay are great…never let them go. The show is up aganist some tough competitors in that time slot but…if it aint broke don’t fix it!!! Danny Pino is a wonderful actor and I would like to see him stay but he is not Christopher Meloni! Where is Tamara Tunie’s starring role?

  5. Tha Critic says

    Still great after all these years but Meloni leaving left a hole in the show and the show doesn’t tap into the human nature of the characters like it used to. But I still enjoy it.

  6. says

    I absolutely love this show!! I just started watching last season,but I caught up and watched all the previous seasons on Netflix! I would be devastated if it got cancelled!!! Losing Elliot sucked but Danny Pino and Kelli Giiddish are fitting in just fine in my opinion!

  7. Rissa says

    Please keep SVU! I love the show! The best on TV. The only shows that show professionalism. Benson and Stabler: never been romantically linked together! I love that fact! Its the only series that can show viewers you don’t need those sleazy female and horny male partners to get involve to each other just to sell the show!

  8. Anonymous says

    I love svu! It is the best so far drama series out there. It’s the only detective partners that’s never been linked romantically.. Others used the romance on there script to sell the show.. This one is purely professional!!!

  9. Lily Frank says

    Law and Order Svu is by far my favorite show on T.V. I love it to death. Yes, it isn’t the same without stabler, but I think it’s kind of cool how they brought two new decetives into the scene. I think Kelli and Nick will fit in well with the team. I’m still without a doubt gonna watch the show, even though it’s ratings may be low. To everyone in the cast, I Love you all to death, keep the good work up <3
    Peace

  10. Susan Firth says

    I watched the first episode and found it very disappointing. The show isn’t the same without Meloni and I don’t like the way they’re handling his character leaving. I won’t be watching anymore. They should have ended it after the last season if they couldn’t work out a deal for him to return and let it die a graceful death.

  11. Ann Lima says

    I love Law and Order SVU, am mourning the loss of Elliot but will continue to watch – it’s an excellent show with excellent acting.

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