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Person of Interest: 2011-12 TV Season Ratings

Person of Interest ratingsHere are the ratings for Person of Interest — the TV series about a mysterious billionaire (Michael Emerson) and a former CIA field officer (Jim Caviezel) who work together to stop crimes before they can take place. The first season of Person of Interest typically airs on Thursday nights at 9pm on the CBS network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Person of Interest is going to be cancelled or renewed for season two. Check out our CBS 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 one averages: 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 13.31 million total viewers.

Episode 01-23: Thursday, 05/17/12
2.5 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 13.47 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.87 in the demo with 13.31 million.
Demo average rank: tied for #11 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-22: Thursday, 05/10/12
2.6 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 12.96 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.89 in the demo with 13.30 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-21: Thursday, 05/03/12
2.5 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 13.27 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.90 in the demo with 13.32 million.
Demo average rank: tied for #11 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-20: Thursday, 04/26/12
2.4 in the demo (-20% episode-to-episode change) with 12.73 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.92 in the demo with 13.32 million.
Demo average rank: tied for #11 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-19: Thursday, 04/05/12
3.0 in the demo (-9% episode-to-episode change) with 13.69 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.95 in the demo with 13.35 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-18: Thursday, 03/29/12
3.3 in the demo (-3% episode-to-episode change) with 14.59 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.95 in the demo with 13.33 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

UPDATE: Person of Interest has been renewed for a second season by CBS.

Episode 01-17: Thursday, 03/08/12
3.4 in the demo (+10% episode-to-episode change) with 15.67 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.93 in the demo with 13.26 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-16: Thursday, 02/23/12
3.1 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 14.56 million; tied for first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.90 in the demo with 13.11 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-15: Thursday, 02/16/12
2.8 in the demo (-15% episode-to-episode change) with 13.16 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.89 in the demo with 13.01 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-14: Thursday, 02/09/12
3.3 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 15.14 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.89 in the demo with 13.00 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-13: Thursday, 02/02/12
3.3 in the demo (+3% episode-to-episode change) with 14.9 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.86 in the demo with 12.83 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-12: Thursday, 01/19/12
3.2 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 14.40 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.83 in the demo with 12.65 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-11: Thursday, 01/12/12
3.2 in the demo (+14% episode-to-episode change) with 14.86 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.79 in the demo with 12.49 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-10: Thursday, 12/15/11
2.8 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 12.93 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.75 in the demo with 12.25 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-09: Thursday, 12/08/11
2.8 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 12.66 million; second at 9pm, first at 9:30pm.
Season average: 2.74 in the demo with 12.17 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012); tied with CSI.

Episode 01-08: Thursday, 11/17/11
2.6 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 11.65 million; third in the timeslot, tied with Private Practice.
Season average: 2.74 in the demo with 12.11 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-07: Thursday, 11/03/11
2.7 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 11.76 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.76 in the demo with 12.18 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-06: Thursday, 10/27/11
2.7 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 11.62 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.77 in the demo with 12.25 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-05: Thursday, 10/20/11
2.7 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 12.42 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.8 in the demo with 12.37 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-04: Thursday, 10/13/11
2.8 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 12.04 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.8 in the demo with 12.36 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-03: Thursday, 10/6/11
2.6 in the demo with 11.57 million viewers; fourth place for the timeslot.
Season average: 2.8 in the demo with 12.47 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-02: Thursday, 9/29/11
Episode two came down 13% in the demo to a 2.7 rating and 12.51 million. It was fourth in its timeslot. The network was down by 13% year-to-year and this new series is currently ranking in the middle of the pack on CBS. If the ratings keep going down like this, it won’t take much for Person of Interest to be in the bottom tier and be in serious danger.
Season average: 2.9 demo with 12.92 million.

Episode 01-01: Thursday, 9/22/11
This new drama had some positive reviews but didn’t deliver particularly strong ratings. The first episode garnered a 3.1 in the 18-49 demographic and 13.33 million viewers. It was in fourth place for the timeslot. Year-to-year, aging CSI’s last season debut did 9% better in the demo and 10% better in total viewers.

Some commenters on this site indicated that they felt the pacing was very slow and that seems to match up with the quarter hour breakdowns. Person of Interest started with a 3.3 in the demo and finished with a 2.9 rating. While these numbers aren’t bad, they are hardly what CBS was hoping for.


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 new Person of Interest TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

 

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{ 157 comments }

alex martin March 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

This is one of the best series to come along, it is refreshing to see this kind of format
and they tantalize us at the end of the episodes with one or two lines that tells us
the story is just begining. keep this show on the air

Jesusita March 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Please do not cancel Person Of Interest! It is my favorite show on TV…the characters are so deep and the excitement is non stop. I love the uniqueness of the story line and the actors are fabulous!

Nadine March 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

PLEASE do NOT cancel this show!!! POI is the best show on television!! Riveting, LOVE all the actors, and especially Reese!!! ;)

roy March 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Person of Interest is not only a great show, it is also unique. I do not watch cop shows because they are not interesting and when you see one you have seen them all. Please do not cancel this show. I DVR this show every week.

Pat W March 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I love this show. I look forward to Thursday nights every week for my date with POI. I too record each episode so I can watch it again. I can’t wait until March Madness is over and the show returns to Thursday nights. I can only echo the words of the commenters above: it’s a fantastic show, with wonderful actors, good chemistry and great stories. It truly deserves to be renewed.

Jeanne Schultz March 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

We love this show. Please do not cancel it.

Bruce McLeod, Jr. March 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

This is a great show! My wife and I watch it every week. It’s original and well-written. We have encouraged some of our friends to watch it also. This note is to make a plea to keep it. There aren’t many shows on TV that are close to the drama and suspense that “Person…” has, so please continue. The cast is also great! Good chemistry.

Bruce

Jerry March 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Great show. Not just a carbon copy of something else.

Tina March 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Please don’t cancel this show I love it!

Maria Frias March 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Love it! It’s the best tv show better than Grey’s Anatomy & Private Practice & I love those too but Person of Interest beats them both.

Ivey Louise March 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Please do not cancel Person of Interest. It is the best show on TV. Not only have we watched all 17 episodes, we have recorded each one so that we can go back and watch them when there is nothing else on. Some of the episodes we have watched more than three times already. Everytime we watch an episode, we see something different or see something that we missed the first time we watched it. Both lead actors are fantastic and the supporting cast is superb. The writers do a fantastic job of weaving a plot and we feel that each episode has been set up for the “numbered” person to come back in a future episode. Again, please renew our favorite show!

Bob Hubbard March 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Do not cancel. I love this show more then survivor. I have never missed an episode. I will be very very disappointed Thursday. Night is my favorite. All because of Person Of Interest.

Terri Coolidge March 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

We absolutely love Person of Interest and wouldn’t miss it. There’s even an unofficial POI fan club where I work. There’s nothing else like it on TV and would be really disappointed if it’s taken off the air.

Elaine Booth March 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I love Person of Interest, and am praying that it gets renewed. One of the most interesting shows on TV. Just watching these two very solitary men trying to form a bond has been great. They haven’t quite made it yet, but it is fun to watch them try.

Roberta Hoyt March 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

We love this show and watch it every week. Please do not cancel it. It has a more interesting story line than any other shows that have come along in a long time. The strange surreal feel to it and developing relationships among friends/colleagues is great and of course, the ruthlessness of Reese is a joy to behold. Like Jack Bauer but better. He’s outside the realm of the law, he does what is right even if the law wouldn’t allow it. He’s great. Please keep this great show!