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 11.83 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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  1. Well, well, well says

    Do we have an example of a drama and its writers being “too smart for their own good?” Person of Interest ratings and viewer numbers continue to decline. As good as this show portends to be, it may never recover from the brash and unnecessary actions of its creators, Nolan and Plageman, and the complicity of Nina Tassler, of CBS. If a show does not please fans, they will not watch. Killing the Joss Carter character, and telling fans to like or not, was a fatal mistake. Adding a catwoman character and making her the star was even more egregious. Karma!

  2. a viewer from Hungary says

    its not carter.

    the problem is the mindless fillers as episodes and the 3 week gap between episodes.
    wtf? go on a winter break or dont go but ffs stop this ****.

    from the 10th episode – 3weeks, 3 weeks, 1 week, 3weeks, 3 weeks.
    5 episodes in 13 weeks. wtf?
    i dont even remember which was the last episode that added something to the big picture.

    i think its gonna be canceled and the makers themselves want it that way

  3. Deborah Maguire says

    Very disappointed that Carter was killed off. Don’t understand the purpose of that! She was everything great about the show. I still like it though and hope that it will be continued. It is a very interesting and timely concept, that everyone should be concerned about!

  4. Morena says

    Dear Ms. Taraji P. Henson,

    Congratulations on your NAACP Image Award for Outstanding acting in a Drama! WE all know you were the heart of the show and that it will never be the same without you. You were the best LEAD actress any show could have, and Person of Interest will never be the same without you. You deserved so much better.



  5. Very Interesting says

    Looks like the bullet that took Detective Carter out has richocheted right back at the show and Nolan and Plageman and Nina Tassler (CBS). Karma !

  6. Exclusive-C says

    I’ve lost interest in this show. I haven’t like Root or Shaw from the beginning and I still don’t care for them now. I tolerated them because they kept the four main characters intact. Now that Carter is gone, I don’t watch the show anymore. I still love the actors’ Jim Caveziel, Michael Emerson, and Kevin Chapman, but I cannot stand the format of this show anymore. Season 1 and 2 are still the best in my opinion. It wasn’t broken, why fix it??

  7. Rachel says

    Going by the way this show is being messed around the schedules, it seems certain to be cancelled. I only started watching recently. FWIW I though Season 3 was the point at which it really got interesting. Season 1 was aimed at a much younger audience, with simplistic storylines that wouldn’t have looked out of place on The A Team. Season 2 a little better, and Season 3 finally made interesting viewing. Whatever else the Carter storyline may have been, at least it was grown up and pulled some decent acting out of the main leads, particularly Kevin Chapman. But unannounced hiatuses and erratic scheduling will kill any show. This one is already dead for those reasons alone. It’s nothing to do with the acting or writing any more; it’s purely about the disastrous scheduling.

    • Morena says

      No, Rachel. Just no. To your whole post. They didn’t start “messing” with the scheduling UNTIL the show started to go down in quality. That happened around the time they added Shaw, and the acting for that character leaves much to be desired. Season one actually had better stories that made better sense. Please don’t mistake a cluttered mess for “intricate” or “intelligent” because that’s what you seem to be doing with season 3. The few bits that made any sense centered around Carter and/or the rest of the core-4 team, and the rest has just been a disaster.

      They were on pace with good, perhaps even great storytelling, at times until Relevance. Oddly enough, that’s when the show started to become Irrelevant. It’s just gotten worse sense, with the death of Carter being the apex of that.

      It has everything to do with bad writing, bad decisions, and at least for this show a bad actress being added to the mix. It’s purely time for this suffering horse of a show to go. If CBS is kind, they’ll put it out of its misery.

      • Morena says

        Fixing typos:

        “They were on pace with good, perhaps even great, storytelling at times, until Relevance. Oddly enough, that’s when the show started to become Irrelevant. It’s just gotten worse since, with the death of Carter being the apex of that. “

  8. Mavis Renoir says

    I have never wanted to see a show cancelled as much as I want this one to self destruct. There is simply no excuse for the way Taraji P. Henson was treated by Nolan and Plageman. I despise them, Nina Tassler of CBS, and the entire CBS network, which exemplifies racism at its worst.

  9. dave says

    I have to agree with @cmjones this tv show is no longer interesting after Carter was killed off. It lacks any real story and feels like its going through the motions.

    Can’t wait for 24.

  10. cmjones says

    If I said it once, I’ve said it at least four times; you messed up when you took Carter’s character out of the picture. I don’t watch it anymore. You have psycho characters and not real human elements. It’s too impersonal and detached. The TV series 24 is coming back so do what you like. I am out!

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