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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 }

Shera January 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Person of Interest is the smartest tv series today. I don’t normally follow tv shows but the storyline and good characters. Emerson and Reese complement each other well. Two men who may not have been friends in other circumstances. One thing I like the most is that not everything is revealed all at once. We learn more about the characters over time and over different story arcs.

Definitely this show deserves another season.

don sabino January 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Great show; well written; fanstatic characters; excellent concepts.

Alexandre January 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

Please don’t cancell it. We love so much

Laura December 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I absolutely love this show. I hope they don’t cancel it!

Jules December 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Luv the show! Plz renew cuz its really the only non reality show I enjoy watching other than csi…plus the main character is so easy on the eyes!

Pamela December 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Best new show in YEARS …. the writting the acting the plots, finally something with a thought about the viewers interest

Nancy December 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm

KEEP THIS SHOW-Best in years

ellen December 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

iThere are too many shows on with similar names and themes, either lawyer or cop shows. The strange relationship between the characters in Person of Interest is a different twist and we love it.

Hope it comes back.

john December 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm

love this show ! It has action with suspense,, please keep it going !

SinDe December 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Absolutely love Person of Interest… especially the evolving relationship between Finch and Reese and the little clues to who they are. Great acting! Great writing! Great action while maintaining an underlying story and theme. The only new show worth watching this season!

Donna December 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

renew, please!

Paula December 19, 2011 at 2:40 am

This show should definitely be renewed. While there is violence, it is much less graphic than most of the other shows on the air.

Mayra December 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

Love this show!!

mr & mrs R December 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

We really LOVE this show! It’s intellegent, well written & well acted. We also noticed the lack of graphic violence, thank you!! This is one show that deserves to be renewed!

a.bozis December 17, 2011 at 1:56 am

love the show should stay on. One of the greatest in a long time