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The Good Wife: Ratings for the 2011-2012 TV Season

Good Wife ratingsHere are the latest ratings for The Good Wife. In this dramatic TV series, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) continues to re-establish herself in the legal world. The third season of The Good Wife typically airs Sunday 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 The Good Wife is going to be cancelled or renewed for season four. 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 third season averages: 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.22 million total viewers.

Episode 03-22: Sunday, 04/29/12
1.7 in the demo (-11% episode-to-episode change) with 9.97 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.01 in the demo with 10.22 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-21: Sunday, 04/22/12
1.9 in the demo (+6% episode-to-episode change) with 10.34 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.03 in the demo with 10.23 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-20: Sunday, 04/15/12
1.8 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 10.16 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.04 in the demo with 10.22 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-19: Sunday, 03/25/12
1.8 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 9.77 million; tied for third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.05 in the demo with 10.23 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-18: Sunday, 03/18/12
1.9 in the demo (+12% episode-to-episode change) with 9.58 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.06 in the demo with 10.29 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

UPDATE: The Good Wife has been renewed for a fourth season by CBS.

Episode 03-17: Sunday, 03/11/12
1.7 in the demo (-11% episode-to-episode change) with 9.88 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.07 in the demo with 10.29 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-16: Sunday, 03/04/12
1.9 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 9.83 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.09 in the demo with 10.32 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-15: Sunday, 02/19/12
2.1 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 9.73 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.11 in the demo with 10.35 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-14: Sunday, 1/29/12
2.2 in the demo (+10% episode-to-episode change) with 11.08 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.11 in the demo with 10.39 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-13: Sunday, 1/15/12
2.0 in the demo (-26% episode-to-episode change) with 9.45 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.10 in the demo with 10.34 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-12: Sunday, 1/8/12
2.7 in the demo (+23% episode-to-episode change) with 11.65 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.11 in the demo with 10.41 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-11: Sunday, 12/11/11
2.2 in the demo (+16% episode-to-episode change) with 11.56 million.
Season average: 2.05 in the demo with 10.30 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-10: Sunday, 12/04/11
1.9 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 9.94 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.04 in the demo with 10.18 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-09: Sunday, 11/20/11
1.9 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 9.79 million.
Season average: 2.06 in the demo with 10.20 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-08: Sunday, 11/13/11
2.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 10.24 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.08 in the demo with 10.25 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-07: Sunday, 11/06/11
2.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 9.07 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.09 in the demo with 10.26 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-06: Sunday, 10/30/11
2.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 10.6 million; delayed 30 minutes in some areas.
Season average: 2.10 in the demo with 10.45 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-05: Sunday, 10/23/11
2.0 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 9.77 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.1 in the demo with 10.42 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-04: Sunday, 10/16/11
2.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 10.33 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.2 in the demo with 10.59 million.
Demo average rank: #15 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-03: Sunday, 10/9/11
2.1 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 10.28 million (delayed 30 minutes due to football).
Season average: 2.2 in the demo with 10.67 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-02: Sunday, 10/2/11
2.2 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 11.08 million; fourth in the timeslot (started 22 minutes late due to football).
Season average: 2.2 in the demo with 10.87 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-01: Sunday, 9/25/11
2.2 in the 18-49 demographic with 10.66 million; fourth in the timeslot. The debut was down by 12% in the demo when compared to last year’s Tuesday season opener.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.78 million viewers.

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 Good Wife TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a 4th season?

 

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Janice Corsaut October 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I go along with Marci that Colinda’s part is getting way out of hand. The lesbian scenes were offensive enough and now her husband and the fights and sex etc. How far down do you need to go to maintain an audience? Do you feel your show is so weak that sex in any shape is going to keep you on the air? I am sick of all the sexual stuff and thought your show might be different and have some merit to it. WRONG! I will no longer watch it nor recommend it to others as I started out doing

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Lane May 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

The Good Wife is a different spin from the multitudinous lawyer tv shows over the past 20 years. I like the sub-stories going on with each of the characters while they also carry on as attorneys or in support of the related plot lines. I like that there are dynamics about the law firm’s organization and survival. Every person there is his/her own special character. The writers are very thoughtful in tying them altogether. I am a paralegal and really enjoy this more intellectual show. I think there is a disconnect however between Margulies’ character as a “wronged” wife trying to pick up the pieces and the sympathy we’re supposed to feel for her. She does not seem to really know her character. She turns emotion on and off like a lightswitch. She’s trying to have an attorney poker face, but she lacks the more aggressive personality of a litigation lawyer. She just kind of drifts along and we’re supposed to be convinced that she is an understated, but successful rising star of the firm. I like her as an actress; she just needs to take her role and make it her own better. Colinda is a very interesting character in the show. One cannot figure her out. She’s a real mystery. I’m not sure the storyline is all that clear about her, but the actress plays with it very well. Love the male characters, as in, they are REAL characters!!! Some not as strong as others, but I think that’s more related to the script than in their acting. Love that young lawyer. He plays an attorney extremely well. The actor who plays the divorce attorney is very good in that role. I hope this show is renewed season after season.

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Marci Wright April 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I loved the show until Colinda Sharma became bi-sexual. The 4-22-12 show was simply disgusting. You might as well had the two women naked having sex in the street. I just turned it over and now am watching a new program. I do not understand you people and why you can’t have a top notch show without always going to the gutter. Is that your reality, because it sure isn’t mine. No wonder people like the reality shows that don’t have all the sex so obvious and distasteful. Why would you ruin a really good script like that?

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Seema Sirabi July 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

First of all, it’s KALINDA Sharma. Second of all, she didn’t just “became” bi-sexual. That’s her sexuality, like any of the other characters being straight. And that scene was no more explicit than the Alicia/Will scene in the season 3 premiere. Did you object to that scene too?

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