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. says

    Ratings will improve if the show goes back to simpler plots. Who can keep Decima straight from Samaritan? And the soft spoken nut case who hears a machine in her head is a huge turn-off for me. Get rid of her, get rid of the “other” machine, and go back to what works. In my mind, that’s more Jim Caveziel and the dog, less Head Hearer.

    • Mary Genovese says

      Unfortunately, the enlarged egos of the writers, specifically Nolan and Plageman, will assure plot lines remain convoluted, complicated and so difficult to follow that any new viewer will be repulsed, just as former fans were. What a pity! This once engaging drama has morphed into a combination sci-fi cartoon/horror show.What boggles my mind is how CBS, Warner Brothers and all “powers that be” remain steadfast in their belief Person of Interest is the best thing since “The X-Files”. In actuality, it is the worst thing, and it keeps getting more unpalatable and unbelievable. Just watch those ratings continue to decline! The writers remain incredulous and still believe everyone loves the show. I I confess. I no longer watch and will never watch again. P.S. If you look at the Person of Interest Facebook page, it appears “Hired Hands” are talking to themselves, trying to keep up the appearance that anyone cares about the show.

  2. Keith says

    I hope the writers read these comments. This show has the ability to be as good as 24 or even better.

    When 24 went off the air I was looking for something that would replace Jack Bauer and along came John Reese and Harold and yes I do like Shaw and I loved it. Season 1 and 2 were terrific.

    I worked in law enforcement and I knew at least two women who looked like Shaw and were just as tough. So her character is believable. One of the reasons that Season 1 and 2 were so good is that you had people like John Cassar (Director of 24) involved and directing. Aside from about 3-4 shows POI has lost its edge during season 3. I do understand that the writers can’t hit a home run every single week. Even Breaking Bad had some poor episodes occassionally (Skylar going into a Zombie like state for the first part of season 5 was kind of lame). Season 7 of 24 was definitely weak.

    The problem with t.v. shows like POI are ususally with the producers, not the writers. They begin to direct the show where they want to see it go rather on what works. Usually this is due to the producers particular wants and the general tone they would like to see and it always ruins a great show, such as what they did with Hill Street Blues after season 3 (became much more political) and the show went from being #1 to being forced to cancel after season 6 because it stunk.

    I correspond with many fans of POI almost every day on FB and many of those fans are fans of 24. Given the fact that 24 is coming back on May 5th, I have a prediction. If 24 and Jack Bauer hit a home run in their 9th season, POI will go by the wayside as just one show that had a good start and ended up becoming a contrived boring show and will be canceled during season 4 as it’s already been renewed. It seems after season 2 the producers decided to take the show in a ridiculous direction and it’s become silly. The overly campy humor, the idea that two small women can kick the crap out of ten guys in a bar (something Bruce Less would have a challenge at in his best day).

    Get POI back to its edge and realism and stop with the contrived silly nonsense..


    • Looking Forward to 24 says

      Your well expressed thoughts echo the sentiments of so many. It seems Person of Interest has chosen a path of no return, sadly, and cannot turn back from its ill fated journey. I mourn what was once an excellent offering and purposely choose to never look upon it again.

  3. POI Fan says

    I love this show and don’t think it ‘jumped the shark’. I loved the Joss character and was saddened by her death BUT, I also hate ‘red shirt’ shows. More and more often now, main characters are being killed off and its so much better for it. Much more realistic. As for those people who can’t seem to follow single or multiple plot lines, no matter how convoluted, try paying more attention and stop watching brain killers like the Kardashians and Bachelor/Bachelorette and similar trash. In every show I love there are elements I don’t like or wished to play out differently but that doesn’t make the show bad now, it just takes it in a different direction. As for the network knuckleheads, quit ******** with things to try getting a few more pennies squeezed out of great shows. Show them in the order they’re supposed to be. Quit changing air dates and time slots on a weekly basis. Also, as much as I hate to say it, learn to wrap up shows instead of dropping them. I’d rather see an ending to POI, or any show, rather than it simply disappearing. That REALLY pisses us fans off!

    • Former POI Fan says

      What exactly is your point? Whatever it is, the ratings for Person of Interest speak for themselves.

  4. zee says

    All the networks do that. one or two new episodes and then a hiatus of other programming and/or repeats for 3 or 4 weeks. and then change timeslots to boot. its infuriating. i think the people that are running the networks are all psychopaths that need to be instutionalized. maybe they ought to go out of business if that’s how they going to operate! they all seemed to start operating that way about 10 or 12 years ago and it only seems to be getting worse. they destroy good series the way operate. and the rest of their bs reality/competition shows are mostly garbage, crap, wothless junk tv. And what’s up with starting new series in late spring/ early summer when most people are doing things other than watching tv? they’re insane i tell you! what ever happened to new episodes in the same time slot from september to may and then repeats for the summer? as far as i am concerned, the people that are running the networks are a bunch of low-grade non-human worthless idiots. they ought to lose their jobs!

  5. Karen says

    It should be cancelled. It is no longer a show of interest to me and to many others I have talked to.

  6. Tone says

    Joceline should never have pashed Reese. It was just so out of place for John Reese’s character. Because of this, it did lose it for a while, but thankfully it has regained most of its mojo now. I love the current events, with multiple major back stories and a second machine. Give it a chance people – it’s got some of the best and most original writing on television at the moment.

      • Riddick says

        Looks like people just come here to post nonsense and not even check the ratings. POI is CBS’s best performer at 10 PM (demo wise) and 8th most watched TV show in the world including Cable and reality shows. Yeah so much for a poor performance lol

      • Theuresa Maven says

        First they demoted Joss, and then they killed her. Heaven forbid there are two women with a testosterone filled show. The two machines was plot overkill. I like Amy Acker, but communicating with the machine in her head? Why is this show being renewed?

  7. Person of Interest Has Lost Its Mojo says

    Ratings for the April 1, 2014 episode of Person of Interest speak for themselves. Chicago Fire was a rerun. What has happened to this drama is tragic and the producers and writers are in denial if they do not understand that was once “must see television” is now something to be avoided. A really good show has morphed into a cross between a comic book and a cartoon, and even the treasured 18-49 demographic is not impressed. The “egos that men do”….meaning YOU, Jonah Nolan!

  8. colleen says

    Love reese and finch& kevin chapman while I am diissappointed with This season And thr new changes. I am watcbing because I hope the writers and Producers who had agreat. Show. Realize. Their mistake and. Go back. To what the show was origanaly about.

  9. geez chill out says

    i actually think this is a very good show, different than your bog standard programs which are all the same e.g. criminal minds, csi etc it just goes over the same things but in a different way at least person of interest is building up for a big ending, just because a character has been written off you really stop watching? that is pretty silly to be honest, your not seeing the overall picture/storyline, unless your brainwashed from watching the same sort of material. Personally i think this is a very good storyline.

    • am totally relaxed says

      Never watched any of these shows…lol…why is everyone guessing people who stopped POI because its getting ridiculous are watching those other shows…that really make no sense to me…

      Maybe people just stopped watching because the show sucks…plain and simple!!
      and yeah the bigger picture…the big ending…oh come on…poor Finchy ll be kidnapped once again and oh wow samaritan ll go online…WHAT A SHOCKER!!!
      Maybe they finally kill off Root, who maybe ll give her life for either Finch or the machine….

      No this show has turned into a terrible cartoon and there is no way it ll make it into Season 5…

  10. Meg says

    Oh boy…i still can’t believe how worse Person of Interest had become!
    I mean last year we had HR, a little bit Elias, Carter, FBI!

    This year those lame Vigilance guys, Decima and that old man Greer (nobody wants to see) and those two “hot chicks with guns” not to mention this Samaritan crap!

    Thank you Mr. Nolan for your arrogance and ruin this show forever!

    Oh by the way what happened to Reese? He isn’t hardly on the show anymore!!

    So relieved that i’m not watching anymore, because it breaks my heart to see how worse this show had become!

  11. says

    Used to be one of my favorite shows, but looks like I’ll be deleting “Person of Interest” from the recording list as it continues to go downhill. As so many do these days, it was good for a few seasons then goes stupid.

  12. nemo f says

    Ms. Henson WANTED off the show. She only signed up for two to three years from the start, so there was no racist anything associated with killing off her character. It was HER decision. CBS did what she wanted so she could go back to her movie career.

    Without Carter the show has lost its focus as a modern day robin hood saga and has switched to the “second machine” story line, which sucks. Its too complicated and convoluted, so the plots have major holes. The holes re then filled in later episodes but have people trying to figure out how to associate flashbacks with the current episode when the flashback is designed to fill in a hole from two or three episodes earlier or set the stage for the current episode because the writers left out earlier and the flashback is supposed to catch you up. They don’t always work. And the episodes that feature Root are some of the lowest rated. People tune in for John, Harold, Fusco and Carter, not the rest of the ensemble of characters.

    • Former Person of Interest Fan says

      Please do your research. Henson was informed by Jonah Nolan on February 14, 2013 that she was being written off the show. Nolan admitted in January of 2014 that Henson was fired to make room for his “catwoman” and this was a creative decision made by him. Henson said what she said to save face and to not burn bridges. If you read the interviews she gave in February of 2014, you will learn her true feelings about leaving the show. By the way, she will be the lead actress in a new TV show called “Empire.”
      If you seek the truth, you will find it. Taraji Henson’s leaving Person of Interest WAS NOT HER DECISION.

  13. Another Season for Person of Interest says

    Person of Interest has been renewed for a fourth season. CBS has enough faith in this program to allow it to continue in spite of declining ratings. It will be more than engrossing to continue to observe how this once inviting drama fares in the future, even though plot lines and character actions have become cloudy and muddled. Many fans stopped watching after the death of a primary cast member. New fans find it difficult to relate to the history of the show. Those who absolutlely hang on every word of dialogue are delighted. I remain aghast at the hubris of the writers when they dismissed Taraji P. Henson in favor of Sarah Shahi, Nolan’s catwoman. It is my since hope that ratings continue to lessen, to the point of painful embarrassment. Jonah Nolan, Greg Plageman and Nina Tassler of CBS deserve no less for turning this program into comic book buffonery.

  14. Former Viewer says

    I’m one of the many viewers who stopped watching after the killing of Carter and the shabby treatment of Taraji P. Henson.

    • Riddick says

      what shabby treatment? She was told 9 months before that she will be killed off, more than enough time to find yourself a new gig.

      As far as storytelling goes, its not like she was made a mole or a traitor and then killed. She died a hero’s death, watch what her character was when the show began and what she became. Great storytelling, not every death is a racist one. Get over it, watch it or don’t watch it but don’t spout nonsense that she was mistreated.

      • Mrs. Conscience says

        Who made you God. People can think what they want and I happen to disagree with everything you say. No one has to “get over” anything, unless you want to get over the fact that Person of Interest has become garbage.

    • Also a Former Viewer says

      Looks like there are about 6,000,000 (six million) viewers who stopped watching, for what ever reasons. I, personally, have reasons too numerous to elaborate upon, but the death of Joss Carter is at the top of my list. I hope ratings continue to decline and I stopped watching after EndGame. I will never watch anything associated with Nolan and Plageman again, and I avoid CBS programming.

  15. David Boss says

    I hate the way the show is on for a couple weeks then gone for 2-3 weeks. I love the show but network must not like it the way the shred the schedule. this will surly be the death of ‘Person Of Interes’t.

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