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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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carmen boyle April 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I love this program. Have watched it from the beginning. Hope that it continues. I am so tired of good shows being cancelled without the consideration of its viewers. Sometimes its better to find other shows on other TV channels to watch instead of some of the programs that these TV networks put on.

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Sarah March 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I loved Good Wife when it premiered, but simply got tired of trying to find it. I tried DVDing it by setting it and CSI Miami and an hour or two of news to be sure I got it all. I finally just gave up and hope they will re-run it in its entirety. CBS ought to put 30-minute comedies in that time slot on Sunday nights. For some reason Suddenlink in Midland, TX does not carry CBS on the On Demand schedule; so I can’t even watch it there. If they take it off the air because of lack of viewers, they should only blame themselves for poor scheduling of a really good show.

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Beagle Lover March 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I DVR The Good Wife, CSI Miami, and the news, right in a row. That way, if the game runs over and everything after it, I can still watch the entire episodes. If it doesn’t run over, I just delete the news. Tricky!

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Sharon March 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I hope The Good Wife changes to another network which would appreciate them as much as their viewers do. The lower ratings this season are a result of the damnable schedule difficult to capture and breaking up continuity of hope. This is one of the best drama series ever on TV. Boo on you, CBS!! Cut off your own nose, did you.

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SallyAnne March 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

This show is a favorite with so many people, but even faithful viewers just get tired of chasing it. It’s moved or delayed so often no one is ever sure when it will air. If the network takes that into consideration and gives the series a chance in a decent air time, the show would do quite well. It’s so much better than Harry’s Law — which, by the way, is being moved to Sundays. And to the rude person who suggested we all “think out of the box,” I counter with: Move the series that depends on a running story line to a firm time slot and see how it goes. Not everyone has a DVR, and not everyone wants to go to the network site to watch the show on computer.

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Shelby February 26, 2012 at 1:12 am

You better renew it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I watch the Good Wife faithfully, however, I am tired of CBS bounceing it around with other shows put in place in the GW’s time slot, I’m sick of it!!!! How many Award shows,etc are you gonna put in GW’S time slot ? I need to know so I can find something else to watch, I personally could care less about what the stars wear and who they go with to the show!!!!!!

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Brooke December 6, 2011 at 5:35 am

Ok…obviously all the people that post here have internet access. If you are so up in arms about missing it because the game delays TGW, Amazing Race and all the following shows, go to CBS.com and watch the Good Wife there….That’s what I had to do because I missed recording it last night. and *gasps* you can watch it for free there. Gotta think outside the box…..

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Ron and Mary Lou Ascher December 6, 2011 at 2:25 am

Why would CBS submit one of it’s top-rated programs, The Good Wife, to an often delayed timeslot following football telecasts on Sunday evenings? As we have always counted on our DVR to record this excellent program, to our horror, we have discovered that only half of the program is often recorded. Obviously, if the ratings of the program are suffering, this ridiculous timeslot is the reason and the CBS executives have to be aware of it. A simple return to the Tuesday evening time period is the obvious answer.

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Ron and Mary Lou Ascher December 6, 2011 at 2:11 am

Why in God’s name would CBS submit one of television’s top-rated programs, The Good Wife, to a constantly delayed timeslot on Sunday evenings because of football telecasts that run over? We have always set our DVR to record this excellent program, only to horrifically discover that, in this new Sunday timeslot, our recording has often been cut off half way through the program! Obviously, the CBS executives were aware that this situation would arise with the moving of this program from it’s secure Tuesday evening timeslot to the unstable Sunday evening timeslot . If they really cared about the ratings of this incredibly intelligent and exciting program, this move would never have taken place. If the ratings drop because of this, it is because of the network’s own doing… The program in this third season has only gotten better and better…. when we can manage to see it!!!

Ron and Mary Lou Ascher

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pat November 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

CBS is frustrating with delaying and changing times of its Sunday night shows because of what??? FOOTBALL, really – as a non-football fan. Maybe Good Wife would have a better rating if you kept it on Tues right after NCIS. We don’t count into the Sunday numbers when it’s been delayed to we have to watch it on-line after the fact.

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Elaine November 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I am becoming frustrated with CBS. Why would they switch the Good Wife to Sundays? Everyone knows that they will get canceled because of the sports event previous on CBS. This has my favorite show since the beginning. I feel like I am losing a battle with CBS executives. If this were their favorite show they would have never moved it to Sunday. What is going on? I feel like these people are corrupt in they’re thinking. Go ahead cancel it but you can be sure that this is the last show I will watch on CBS. Sincerely, Elaine

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Sharon Proietto November 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Love this show!!! DVR it if I’m not going to be home. When they delay it on Sundays, though, because of football, I then have to watch On Demand because I don’t get the whole thing. Don’t take this one off, too, for some stupid reality show!!!

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Craig November 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

Going under a 2 in the demo with almost 10 million watching. I guess the seniors love the show. People too young to remember the first years of ER don’t seem impressed. I would say this is the last season for the show because fourth in the time slot is not acceptable to CBS. Critics and seniors approval of the show be damned, because they don’t buy enough advertised products.

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Lynzee December 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

As someone you’d consider a senior , I’ll bet I have more disposable income to spend than you do, so be very careful what you say. Also, one has to have some intelligence to like this show, unlike most of the stupid reality shows. This one actually has a plot.

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Craig December 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Lynzee, I bet you do have a lot of disposable income. However, you are not spending it in a way that catches the advertisers’ attention. Us folks in the demo spend money like there was no tomorrow. You are watching out for that rainy day, while I am at the mall maxing out my credit card. Advertisers don’t care about the intelligence of their viewers, they just care that they shop. However, I would have to disagree with you second point. The Good Wife doesn’t take any intelligence to enjoy. It isn’t House or Fringe where you kind of need to think. It is a legal soap opera, and even us in the demo can understand it without any effort.

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Kris November 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I recently started Watching The Good Wife and I am totally hooked!!! I’ve been catching up on netflix on the first two seasons,while watching the current episodes on Sunday nites. I would be totally Lost if you cancelled this show!! It’s my absolute favorite. I look forward to Sunday nites just for this show!! Please don’t take it away!!! :(

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Anonymous November 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

its the networks fault, I know i get irritated when i go to watch my shows & i cant, becuz they’re not there, or i missed half of them becuz of the delay. i have my recorded set, and i walk away i dont check the time every week to make sure it’s going to record properly. I’m sure alot of people feel the same way and have given up on trying to watch the Good Wife and CSI Miami. Now I just have my DVR set for 3 hours total to get both shows. the network, should fix the problem and then maybe the ratings would be better.

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joanne m December 2, 2011 at 8:01 am

If you want The Good Wife and CSI Miami, in their entirety, do this simple thing: set your DVR/TIVO to record the The Good Wife, CSI Miami AND CBS News (the news for 55 minutes) – and you won’t miss a thing.

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leprecaun March 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

You have a point when the Amazing race goes into overtime, but you don’t know it unless you watch, I have started to set my VCR for about 9:15 and go later to get the Good wife and CSI Miami…I’ll be glad when these reality shows either get their own channel or disappear altogether….

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