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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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Tha Critic November 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Very good show. Well written, well acted and engaging but the gay stuff does put me off a little. Focus on the lead character more. Other than that, it’s a winner.

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Elaine October 27, 2011 at 6:51 am

The Good wife is my favorite show. I agree that moving it Sunday will kill this show. Last year the show following the Amazing race wasss removed from our list of shows programed on our DVD because we never got to see the end. As it is right now, I turn on CBS but don’t watch until I hear The Good Wife Show start. Then I will back it up to the beginning and tell my husband it has started.I know that not many people are willing to do this. What if one of the executives of CBS had to do something like this to watch a show. I don’t think he or she would. Why is it taking so long for CBS to wake up to this fact?

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Meriah_91 October 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm

If they cancel TheGoodWife, I’ll be so pissed!!! This is my show!! I love Julianna Margulies. They will have a lot of upset ppl if they cancel this. Who makes the decision of canceling anyways?

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Kimmy November 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I will be pissed too! I LOVE The Good Wife, First off, I love Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles and love them together! The show is well acted and well written. I actually like all the characters….Eli (he is a hoot), Kalinda (dark and mysterious), Cary (sweet, but can be ruthless), Diane (very likable character). PLEASE CBS, keep The Good Wife on and move it back to Tuesday nights. I totally agree that the football on Sunday is ruining the ratings….it’s a shame we have to DVR The first half of TGW and then the first half of CSI Miami.,..I’m SO sick of doing this! TGW fans are getting treated unfairly!

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Islander October 18, 2011 at 4:37 am

Just sitting here reading comments…. how come friday.nights. is now considered to be such a poor time slot…? I CAN REMEMBER WHEN IT used to really good night for family shoes and viewing. No school the next day,… that sort of thing. .why is everything now jammed on SUndays. Seems like programmers chase each others tails. …smelling butts. …like dogs meeting in a park for the 1st time.
You have to be a techo maniac just to able to set up the satellite PVR to grab these shows anyways…
Waiting for the day when TV show listing gives you all the times, etc. For your favourite shows so you can set uo your system to record. We might even want to watch the good ones on Friday nights. If I’m not mistaken the commercials don’t change…

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Samara October 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm

This forum is here to discuss television – not to have a theological right or wrong discussion! For people who are using this as a soap-box to share your feelings about anything other than the original topic – you should be ashamed of yourselves and really should be erased or banned! Where was the “moderation” for this so-called discussion?
As for “The Good Wife” – The show is amazing and well-written! The cast are extraordinary in their parts and are extremely talented! The show has suspense, it builds tension as you wait to see if they “do the right thing”! I am West Coast – so it doesn’t start late – but I would be very upset if it did! The move to Sunday is killing it! CBS needs to move “CSI” back to Thursdays and put “The Good Wife” in it’s place!
As for the uneducated and predjudiced people on this forum – this entire show is about sexuality – of all kinds! If you were able to watch a scorned women stand by her cheating husband in the first season, then I see no reason to question any other relationship! If children are watching this – then that means their parents are allowing them to watch it! Get over it!

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griffin October 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

I agree with you Samara. These forums are not the place to have theological discussions but sometimes when I see bigoted, sweeping and silly comments about groups of people I can’t let them go unanswered.

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Samara October 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Thank-you! I can totally understand that – I just found the whole religous aspect to be inappropriate, however – you should most definitely stand up for yourself and others when they are being vilified, persecuted, or harmed! I respect that and take stands/causes on for myself (mine is to end all animal cruelty)! I wish all people would respect and accept the differences between each other!

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Meriah_91 October 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Holla!!! That’s it. :))

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Dumb alien October 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

I don’t like shows with people showing affection towards each other. It’s unnatural and distracting. It also takes away time that could be used for car chases and shootings.

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Watcher October 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Best comment yet!

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griffin October 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

LOL!

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Tanisha October 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

I am so annoyed at CBS for constantly starting the show late, this week it was 35 minutes! You have already moved it to Sunday, now it starts late. I hope these changes don’t make the show get cancelled. Every week i am missing the end of the show and I have to watch it on demand. Next week I will adjust my DVR so that I tape CSI Miami too.

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Ariel October 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

I hate the new time slot. Unless the network wants to kill the show, it should be moved to 9 or 10 pm weekday except of course Friday. Moving it to Friday is a sure death. The new show Unforgetable that replaced TGW on Tuesday is well very forgetable. Too many cop shows on tv and a few about cops with special abilities very boring. I will def miss TGW if it gets cancelled.

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Drew October 10, 2011 at 7:59 am

The Good Wife is a progressive, politically driven show that is up to date with current events. The sexuality of some characters is maintaining this show as culturally relevant to the Western World of the 21st Century.

If viewers are going to tune out because of some LIGHT same-sex material, well than, be prepared to crawl under a rock because LGBT material in media is only going to get more real and heavy, as it should be to reflect the lives of real people around the world.

If you can’t handle tastefully portrayed material of this caliber, than move to North Korea. North America has no place for the likes of Raj and Ryan O.

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Kat October 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

Agreed, it’s a shame how there are still some people stuck in the past who teach their irrational fear and hatred of others to their children! Of course, chances are, North Korea wouldn’t take Raj and Ryan O, either, because of their own prejudices. Well, it would serve ‘em right.

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Jason October 10, 2011 at 7:53 am

Usually, moving a show to Friday tends to point to the end of a series. For CBS, moving a show to Sundays in the fall will kill a series. They really need to drop a show and move 60 Minutes to 8p Eastern and let football run until then (or a postgame show)…or the NFL should move the start time of the late football games to 4:30p Eastern instead of 4:15p.

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Toni October 10, 2011 at 5:00 am

I agree, Roger.

@Raj, I don’t see how Kalinda being bi is offensive. It isn’t as if she is acting like a stereotypical bi-sexual characters in TV. She very smart, good at her job, has an interesting past, etc. Her character is well-written. And as Roger said, there are gay and bi people out there and they would like to represented on television as well.

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griffin October 11, 2011 at 7:26 am

well said

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Roger October 10, 2011 at 4:27 am

I have no problems with the different sexuality we see on the show. Its a very well written show and it’s handled tastefully and intelligently. It’s the 21st century and people who are gay or bi are out there living their lives like the rest of us. Fifty years ago, some people would have been complaining about shows that have black story lines.

I do agree with the football overrun. I end up recording CSI Miami as well, just to make sure I don’t miss anything.

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Raj October 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I stopped watching after season 2. I think it’s offensive that they made Archie kalinda bi

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griffin October 10, 2011 at 5:59 am

why?

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Watcher October 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Oh no! Another one! Do you know Ryan?

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Ryan O October 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I can see why the ratings are down and why they will continue to fall. We are not ready to watch two ‘men’ necking. What the hell is wrong with you modernist idiots, you have, or had, a decent show and you do this,,,, eeewww. GOODBYE

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griffin October 10, 2011 at 6:02 am

sounds like you need to do some growing up. Why don’t watch 90210 and MTV’s output and come back when you can make a comment like an adult.

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Benjamin October 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

Actually, 90210 has had a great gay storyline. Very well handled.

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griffin October 11, 2011 at 7:25 am

well, in that case Ryan will probably switch 90210 off too !

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ceenote October 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

I dont like this gay agenda being shoved down my throat either! Its sickening n it makes sum kids seem as if this is ok! Its a shame!

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Italiano October 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

What gay agenda? Oh yeah, people who are Americans and pay taxes like the rest of us — and happen to be gay — want equal rights. Wow.

If we lived 100 years ago, you’d be complaining about the woman agenda or the black agenda.

I doubt many children are watching The Good Wife @ 9 on a Sunday night but if they do, it’d be good for them to see that gay people want the same basic happinesses as straight people. And maybe, if a kid who sees positive portrayals also turns out to be gay, he won’t hate himself for it and commit suicide because of a messed up society.

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Kat October 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

Amen, Italiano. Ironically enough, kids are usually more okay with this stuff than older folks are, just like a lot of past prejudices were being erased (or at least being seen as stupid and pointless and not worth continuing) when I was a kid.

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ceenote October 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm

The gay agenda is how they keep shoving this gay stuff down my throat! I can tell people who don’t abide by the Bible, because if you did you would know God don’t condone any of this type of stuff! Sorry, but it’s the truth!

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Italiano October 12, 2011 at 3:31 am

Again, the so-called gay agenda is what? Their wanting to have equal rights?

I am a Christian but believe that the Bible should be used as a template for how to live our lives. It was written thousands of years ago by very primitive men and then translated and retranslated.

We’ve abandoned certain beliefs because, using the intelligence that God gave us, we realize that some things don’t work anymore. Do you eat shellfish? Do you mix fabrics? Do you stone brides who aren’t virgins?

In the 21st century, it’s clear that God makes homosexual humans and every other kind of mammal. God doesn’t make mistakes so they are all part of his plan. Hating them is hating God’s work.

ceenote October 12, 2011 at 8:06 am

Well you are so right God doesn’t make mistake, but the mistake that people make is thinking that things change and you suppose to change with the times! But the Bible stays the same! And if honor thy covenant then you could speak of such a thing!
God has gotten tired before example Sodom and Gomorrah.. I’m sure that may ring a bell! People are not born gay! If you believe that then I understand your whole perspective toward why you think it’s ok to be that way.

Italiano October 13, 2011 at 5:33 am

So this means that you don’t eat shellfish or mix fabrics? You stone brides who aren’t virgins? Of course not. If you follow the Bible strictly as you say, you should be. You don’t because times have changed.

We no longer believe that the Earth is the center of the universe because we now have more information. The same is true of homosexuals. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that proves that being gay is not a choice. If you speak to anyone who is gay, no matter if they’re happy or ashamed of it, they will tell you that. Homosexuality has been shown to exist in almost every kind of mammal on this planet. Are those animals choosing that behavior? Of course not. They’re made that way.

When the Bible was written, they didn’t know about the Earth or anything scientific, nor could they know what we’ve now learned about homosexuality. The Lord gave us brains so that we could learn.

It wasn’t too long ago that people used the Bible to justify racism and sexism against women. You can certainly find support for them in the Bible. We no longer find that kind of behavior acceptable and bigotry against gays is quickly becoming unacceptable as well.

Just as people today are ashamed of bigotry against blacks in the 1950s, in 10-20 years you’ll see that same shame about treating gays poorly.

griffin October 18, 2011 at 8:53 am

@ceenote

You are probably right the Bible doesn’t change but people’s interpretation of it has through the years. That is evident from the many forms of Christianity that are practised on this Earth. Some Quakers are in favour of gay marriage and accepting of gay people for example. The Pope and his followers, less so. What is clear though is that Life is change and the US is not the same place it was for gay people 50, 20 or even 10 years ago.

God may have gotten tired before( Sodom) you let us worry about that ( or not as the case may be) . If you are not “sinning” then you have nothing to worry about , apparently.

People are not born gay?- I assume this means that in your case it was society made you heterosexual? If we follow that logic the same thing should have happened to me and yet it didn’t? How do you explain that? Perhaps it part of God’s plan?

Craig October 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Italiano, if you are a Christian, then reading the bible should have told you that eating shell fish and mixing fabrics along with all the requirements of the law were part of the deal that God had with the Hebrews. With Christians, God made a new covenant that did not include all those requirements He had with the Hebrews. Your part of the deal in this new covenant is to love God and love others as yourself.
You should also be careful with that whole God doesn’t make mistakes argument, because it will allow you to justify people doing whatever they want because they are made that way. What God didn’t make us perfect. We are full of mistakes because God did make us with free will. So we make our own mistakes.

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Watcher October 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

We’re not ready to watch two men necking? Seriously? Who are you? And what rock do you live under?

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Steve October 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

If you REALLY want to screw up a show, make it start 22 minutes late for the premier and following week so all the DVR viewers can’t see it all, then start wondering what happened.

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