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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 }

KC March 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

This is an great show. I didn’t start watching until 4 wks ago because the name of the show threw me off.
CBS needs to do a promotional blitz of some kind so people will get into this show.
Please do not cancel this show!

Bethel Clayton March 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Great show watch it every week. Good stories. Please do not cancel.

judy criswell March 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

This is the best show on TV! The only one I watch regularly and plan my evening around. Jim Caviezel is awesome, and the plots are intricately woven. It’s a breath of fresh air in the series categories. Please don’t take away the enjoyment I get from looking forward to this show each week!

Bill Prohs March 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

CBS can get rid of all their other shows, but this one is a keeper. Probably the best show on TV!!!

ArtSea February 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Person of Interest is one of my MOST FAVORITE SHOWS! Lead actors are expertly cast; great story lines; please don’t cancel! I look forward to watching this show every week. It’s one of very few really great shows on!!!!!!!

monar54 February 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

We love this show. It is different

Paula February 24, 2012 at 7:54 am

Keep Person of Interest. I make it a point to be home on Thursday night to watch it.

Chris February 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

The BEST show on TV!!!! You have to renew POI!!!!!!!!

basil g February 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

One of the very few well written and well done shows. i have not enjoyed one like this in years. a big keeper

Katherine February 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Agree with all above comments

Katherine February 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Please keep. Very suspenseful

Michelle February 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Definitely a keeper! This show has much more depth than many
other dramas. Most are very predictable but this one has quite a
few twists and turns that keep it interesting. The writers need to
keep developing the characters consistantly and not turn it into a
train wreck like what happened with Ed. Remember Ed? Very
promising comedy but the writers kept going off in too many
different directions until they totally destroyed what was
originally a very nice show. Please keep Person Of Interest!
Give it a chance and the ratings will go WAY up after more
people discover this great new show. CBS rocks!!!

Nate February 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

Everyone knows Nielson’s rating system is a cock. Grossly limited participation, highly subjective participant responses often proven to conflict with actual viewing behavior, proven bias, and no participation from most US viewing markets. Regular conflicting results. Crock. Idiot or lazy execs for using Nielson to determine the fate of a TV series. In this digital age … find a smarter way!

Karen Livy February 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Great show. It would be an interest plot twist if the Person of Interest was the person being saved by the billionaire was being set up for a scandal by the agents of the FBI/BATFE/et al by the Administration using the same technology designed by the Billionaire. The deus ex machina giveth and the deus ex machina taketh away.

Mom-a-lot February 17, 2012 at 12:05 am

Awesome, awesome show! Has a cool vibe, excellent acting, interesting all around! TV people need to give a show like this more than a season to catch on. If all they do is look at ratings and not quality of the storyline and characters they are missing the big picture! It’s their fault anyway that people watch mainly junk – they programmed our society to look for attractive two dimensional characters, be fascinated by horror and laugh at stupid witless humor. Sorry to sound off but like a previous commenter, it seems they cancel the good shows and it vexes me.