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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 }

nonsumdignus February 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm

RENEW!!!! This is the ONLY CLEAN show without all those vulgarities, perversions, graphic blood, &c.!

Toni February 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Person of Interest is an awesome series! Please keep it on the air.

wheels January 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Great show. Great cast. Keep it going!

Aileen January 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

I LOVE this show, and as I recall, Person of Interest does a great job in order-age-range TV rating (30-65 rating, maybe?) Whether or not they should definitely renew the show for two or more seasons.

Kat January 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I hate to say it, but it looks like Rob is improving Person of Interest’s ratings! Not that I wanted them to get worse, mind you, I just wasn’t expecting such a positive change. Well, whatever it takes to stay on the air.

Koop January 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

They would be crazy not to renew it.

TB January 20, 2012 at 9:45 am

Love this show. Please renew it for the fall.

Loren January 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

After the winter finale episode, the PC Award, and the last episode, how could CBS even think about it?! This is a great show!

Kristen January 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

PLEASE keep the show for another season! I absolutely love it!

MB January 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Definitely renew it for a second season. I came to it a bit late, but I’m loving it. Great writing.

Robert January 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

One of the best shows on T.V I would give it a 2 season renewal

Phyllis January 14, 2012 at 2:57 am

I love this show now, wasn’t sure in the beginning. I’m hoping it gets renewed and since it won the People’s Choice award, hopefully CBS will renew it. I love the characters and the odd friendship between Reese and Finch.

Madonna January 9, 2012 at 1:43 am

I have really enjoyed this new show. I’ll be really disappointed if it isn’t renewed for another season. Most of the show’s I enjoyed last year were cancelled.

Brandon January 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I really love this show! It is a great new twist on a crime drama where the good guys actually get a chance to save people, not just investigate the baddies. Also, it is very interesting that they don’t really know who will turn out as the “victim or perpetrator”. This is an awesome show! They had better renew it or I will be very sad.

Kim January 6, 2012 at 6:10 am

Person if Interest is a great show with great actors and should be renewed for a new season.
Best new idea for a show! Fantastic writing!