Prime Suspect: Ratings for the 2011-12 TV Season

Prime Suspect ratingsHere are the ratings for the Prime Suspect TV series. A tough-as-nails NYPD homicide detective who works to uphold the law while fighting discrimination and dis-trust in her own department. The first season of Prime Suspect typically airs on Thursday nights at 10pm on the NBC network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Prime Suspect is going to be cancelled or renewed for season two. Check out our NBC ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

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Final season averages: 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.61 million total viewers.

Episode 01-13: Sunday, 1/22/12 (series finale)
0.7 in the demo (-11% episode-to-episode change) with 3.6 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.19 in the demo with 4.61 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-12: Sunday, 1/22/12
0.8 in the demo (-20% episode-to-episode change) with 4.31 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.23 in the demo with 4.69 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-11: Thursday, 12/22/11
1.0 in the demo (+11% week-to-week change) with 4.44 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.27 in the demo with 4.72 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-10: Thursday, 12/15/11
0.9 in the demo (-31% episode-to-episode change) with 3.70 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.3 in the demo with 4.75 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-09: Thursday, 12/01/11
1.3 in the demo (+18% week-to-week change) with 4.69 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.34 in the demo with 4.87 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-08: Thursday, 11/17/11
1.1 in the demo (-15% week-to-week change) with 4.34 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.35 in the demo with 4.89 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-07: Thursday, 11/17/11
1.3 in the demo (+8% week-to-week change) with 4.86 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.39 in the demo with 4.97 million.
Demo average rank: #9 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-06: Thursday, 11/03/11
1.2 in the demo (+9% week-to-week change) with 4.51 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.40 in the demo with 4.99 million.
Demo average rank: #9 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-05: Thursday, 10/27/11
1.1 in the demo (-15% week-to-week change) with 4.03 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.44 in the demo with 5.08 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 11 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 01-04: Thursday, 10/13/11
1.3 in the demo (-13% week-to-week change) with 4.6 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.5 in the demo with 5.34 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 11 scripted TV shows currently on the network.

Episode 01-03: Thursday, 10/6/11
1.5 in the demo (0% week-to-week change) with 5.04 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.6 in the demo with 5.59 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 11 scripted TV shows currently on the network.

Episode 01-02: Thursday, 9/29/11
There was no better news in week two. The new TV series attracted a poor 1.5 in the demo with 5.69 million. That’s a decline of 17% in the demo and the show already couldn’t afford to lose any points. It’s looking like this may be one of NBC’s first cancellations of the season.
Season average: 1.6 demo with 5.87 million.

Episode 01-01: Thursday, 9/22/11
Though it looked like it would be one of the stronger shows on the NBC schedule, the viewers don’t seem to agree. The first episode registered a disappointing 1.8 in the 18-49 demographic and just 6.05 million viewers. It was in third (last) place for the timeslot. What’s more, many viewers turned the program off before the episode finished. That’s not a good sign for next week.

On a positive note, Prime Suspect outperformed last season’s non-celebrity version of The Apprentice by 20%. That’s not much of a consolation though since that edition was a certifiable bomb.


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 Prime Suspect TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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  1. says

    No wonder NBC is always last in the ratings. They got read of another really great cop drama in Southland. You have to give great shows more of a chance, with critical praise they just might take off. No sense in replacing it with an average drama. Hopefully TNT picks it up, then they will have another great show to build on.

  2. Anonymous says

    IT IS MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED. NBC ERRED BY LINKING IT TO UK HELEN MIRREN MINI-SERIES. IT BEARS NO RESEMBLANCE TO ANYTHING IN THAT EXCEPT
    THAT THE PROTAGONIST IS A WOMAN. THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF THE DECISIONS DON’T KNOW HOW TO PROMOTE, PROGRAM, OR EVEN MARKET THEIR OWN PRODUCT. WITH DVR’S AND SUCH THE RATINGS ARN’T EVEN ACCURATE. WITH SO MUCH MONEY INVOLVED THEY SHOULD HAVE A CLEARER IDEA OF WHAT IS QUALITY AND STOP UNDERMINING THEIR OWN SHOWS. THEY HAVE NO CREDIBILITY.

  3. Lauren says

    Please do not cancel this show. It is one of the best new shows this season. Give it some more time to find its audience.

  4. Kristen R. says

    I love this show !! It can not get cancelled ! Maria B. is great luv that shes irish n tough! Her character is awesome ! there is not alot of tv shows with strong female characters as the lead ! Please dont cancel it !! I want to see many seasons of this show ! Its great and deserves a chance ! To much reality tv junk on now and we need this great show to remind us what tv use to be like !!

  5. V. Narbutas says

    Why am I not surprised! This is so typical of NBC network. They finally get something that’s worth watching and then they only give it a one season shot based on what, first season ratings? Prime Suspect and Grimm are about the only two good shows left on NBC. Why not cut some of the other dead weight programs they continue to carry. It seems like the peacock is way past its prime!

  6. Anonymous says

    I love this show. I have been looking for the new shows and looked online and saw that it may be canceled. It’s a great show keep in on give it a chance.

  7. R. Tank says

    I think this is a very good new show, providine a women’s prospective into the series. Of course, I liked Chicago Code on Fox also. Strong women seem to be cancelled.

  8. Dee says

    Awesome show! My husband and I watched it every week. We were looking for it this season & are disappointed to see it has not returned. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!

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