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Person of Interest: Season Three Ratings

Person of Interest season three ratingsThis season, CBS has moved Person of Interest to Tuesday nights. Will the ratings fall off as a result or will they grow because of a stronger lead-in? Let’s wait and see.

On Person of Interest, former CIA officer John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and billionaire Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) continue to work together to prevent violent crimes in the Big Apple. Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi, and Amy Acker round out the cast.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.

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3/13 update: This show has been renewed for the 2014-15 season by CBS.

Final season averages: 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.82 million total viewers.

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For comparisons: The second season of Person of Interest averaged a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 14.41 million total viewers.

Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). 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 still like the Person of Interest TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a fourth season?


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Tony M. July 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Just followed a live blog of the Person of Interest panel at San Diego Comic Con. (7/26/14) If the bland and vague reponses of the writers (Nolan and Plageman) and the “Ok, if I have to be here I will” cast members are any indication of what viewers can expect to see during season four, turn out the lights. This party is over.
There is going to be a war between two artificial intelligences. Knowing this leads one to believe strongly, Nolan and Plageman may be the first men in history to lose both sides of a conflict, and a television drama, simultaneously.


Layla July 27, 2014 at 11:15 am

You know, i only watched this 5 minute highlight trailer of Season 4 and i wasn’t impressed. I say if that is all you got, then Good Night Show.

People who actually watched the panel told me the whole cast was excited and having fun. I believe they are good actors and play their part, right?

It doesn’t matter i’m not returning for Season 4.

And by the way tony i really liked your post on this other site ;-). (Are there still only 3 comments.)


Tony M. July 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Thanks, Layla.
It is entirely possible “the actors were acting.” (Smile) I think it is sad this show changed so radically. The cast has changed too….and not in a way that makes me want to ever watch the drama again, and I will not.
I will check the other site for comments. Have you noticed there is simply not as much publicity, buzz or overall excitment about Person of Interest as there was at the beginning of season three? CBS must be desperate for programming to keep a show that lost so many viewers on its schedule. The network definitely has anachronistic tendencies when it comes to creative development and diversity.
Maybe the next generation of executives and writers will be more intelligent.


Layla July 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

You know Tony since living in the era of social media i notice that there is nearly no one talking about POI anymore. In the world of “Trending now” that is a disaster.

I love to check out other websites for comments, but there are non – well except for Nolan’s watchdogs who show up everywhere and are by the way very insulting to people who didn’t share their views – i, too remember all the buzz at about the same time last year. Damn we had the SDCC this weekend and there is nearly nothing about POI in comparison to last year….hmmm i wonder why.

Yes it is indeed sad what POI has become during Season 3.


Tony M. July 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I just read Extant is being moved to a different time. This show is another “sci-fi” failure for CBS. There are viewers who are really into shows of this genre, but apparently not enough of them.
Nolan and Plageman and CBS obviously did not value all the wonderfully creative and fabulously active blogs and commentaries on tumblr, and the various internet discussion groups that kept Person of Interest in the spotlight for almost three years. The enormous amout of free publicity and ongoing character adoration seemed to be considered an insult to the writers and producers, and was taken for granted. I think the powers that be were also “put off” by the attention focused on Jim Caviezel and Taraji P. Henson and their “interaction.”
Oh, well. Person of Interest may very well miss all the attention, just as it probably misses being a top rated show. Too bad! You reap what you sow!
If the writers of a show fail to produce a product that attracts and retains a variety of viewers, it may find itself with too few devotees to enable it to remain a viable investment. Epic ratings fail may loom on the horizon for this former winner. By the way, aren’t Nolan’s watchdogs transparent? They’d make lousy spies. I laugh at the new names they make up.

Anonymous July 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm

What happened to this show is very sad. It will never be as good as it was and better than it could have been. The addition of a new character may well mean LESS REESE, and a lot of viewers tuned in because of the chemistry that Reese, Finch, Carter and Fusco brought to their screens with such aplomb. We know Carter has been sadly, unnecessarily and permanently eliminated. I’d like the writers and producers, and CBS, to understand nothing they can ever present will make me watch Person of Interest again, and the only feelings I have for the drama are those of disappointment, regret, disdain and the promise I will never watch any offering associated with the names Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman. Both men socially and creatively bankrupt.


Person of Interest Says "In Your Face, Again" July 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Person of Interest has added another character, with a major recurring role. She is Cara Buono, of Mad Men fame. She is also beautiful and blond and serves to reinforce the Hollywood promulgated notion this is “the look” that is most desirable and attractive to television viewers, especially those in the sought after 18-49 demographic. The idea of New York City being composed of a majority of beautiful white people is also put forth. Of all the people in the world, and all the permutations of characterizations, Person of Interest sees fit to introduce another “fairy princess?” This, in light, after summarily dismissing a beloved character, who happened to not be blond and “Erin Andrews Like.” All the more reason to vehemently protest and passionately abhor everything about CBS programming, and Person of Interest most specifically. I have never wished a television show would fail more than I hope Person of Interest will die a miserable and painful death. May its ratings decline into the cellar of Hades as it experiences the pain and disappointment it has inflicted on former viewers who supported the drama so blindly.
This show does not deserve to be on network television and its writers and producers are guilty of fraud, misrepresentation


Anonymous July 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm

There was a very good balance among the characters when Person of Interest first aired and through most of the show’s life on CBS. However, replacing the Taraji Nelson ‘s character really sent things out of balance. It often happens for whatever reason that decisions are made to take a successful show in another direction. However, to make a change such as that is wrong when it upsets the very tenets upon which the show was based in the first place. There is a delicacy in terms of how to develop a character but it must also be tempered by good sense and an awareness of what it can do to the continued appreciation of the show by the audience That is what will bring in the views and in fact grow the viewership. When you get it wrong, viewership falls. And to always kill of the ‘black’ characters may seem to be the best move for the network but it is oftentimes the worst move for the show. It happened with Grey’s anatomy. What the networks need to do is to recognise the dynamic that is built among the characters and recognise the essential role that each plays. In my opinion, a related thing is taking place with NCIS. While there was no ‘black’ role to kill off, the reduction in the role of the DiNozzo character and a lack of development of the ‘Ziva David’ character has weakened that show tremendously. How it is still ranked No. 1 Drama is beyond me. Look also at what is taking place with ‘Criminal minds’ where the “morgan’ character is not being developed but more characters at being added to further weaken that role. When that is in balance, don’t mess with it. The show goes downhill after that and than it is only a matter of time before it is cancelled.


Carl K. July 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Person of Interest did not get any 2014 Emmy nominations. It appears the rest of the world and authoritative critics are not enamored with the drama as the writers and producers and CBS portend. What we have here is “reality about a fictional drama,” and the bitter truth.


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