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The Mentalist: Ratings for the 2011-12 TV Season

Mentalist ratingsHere are the ratings for The Mentalist, the TV series that follows consultant Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) as he helps members of the California Bureau of Investigation (Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman, and Amanda Righetti) with their cases. The fourth season of The Mentalist typically airs Thursday nights at 10pm on the CBS network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if The Mentalist will be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season. 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 season four averages: 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 13.12 million total viewers.

Episode 04-24: Thursday, 05/17/12 (season finale)
2.5 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 13.09 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.61 in the demo with 13.12 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-23: Thursday, 05/10/12
2.4 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 12.62 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.61 in the demo with 13.12 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-22: Thursday, 05/03/12
2.5 in the demo (+14% episode-to-episode change) with 12.94 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.62 in the demo with 13.15 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-21: Thursday, 04/26/12
2.2 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 12.03 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.63 in the demo with 13.16 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-20: Thursday, 04/05/12
2.4 in the demo (-11% episode-to-episode change) with 12.59 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.65 in the demo with 13.21 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-19: Thursday, 03/29/12
2.7 in the demo (+50% episode-to-episode change) with 13.62 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.66 in the demo with 13.25 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

UPDATE: The Mentalist has been renewed for a fifth season by CBS.

Episode 04-18: Friday, 03/09/12
1.8 in the demo (-36% episode-to-episode change) with 11.83 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.66 in the demo with 13.23 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-17: Thursday, 03/08/12
2.8 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 13.84 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.71 in the demo with 13.31 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-16: Thursday, 02/23/12
2.6 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 13.36 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.71 in the demo with 13.27 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-15: Thursday, 02/16/12
2.7 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 13.55 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.71 in the demo with 13.27 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-14: Thursday, 02/09/12
3.0 in the demo (+3% episode-to-episode change) with 14.68 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.71 in the demo with 13.25 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-13: Thursday, 02/02/12
2.9 in the demo (-3% episode-to-episode change) with 13.87 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.69 in the demo with 13.14 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-12: Thursday, 01/19/12
3.0 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 14.22 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.67 in the demo with 13.08 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-11: Thursday, 01/12/12
2.7 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 13.65 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.65 in the demo with 12.97 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 21 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-10: Thursday, 12/15/11
2.7 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 13.16 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.64 in the demo with 12.91 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-09: Thursday, 12/08/11
2.7 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 13.04 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.63 in the demo with 12.88 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-08: Thursday, 11/17/11
2.5 in the demo (-14% episode-to-episode change) with 12.21 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.63 in the demo with 12.86 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-07: Thursday, 11/03/11
2.9 in the demo (+16% episode-to-episode change) with 13.66 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.64 in the demo with 12.95 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-06: Thursday, 10/27/11
2.5 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 12.42 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.6 in the demo with 12.83 million.
Demo average rank: #13 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-05: Thursday, 10/20/11
2.5 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 12.54 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.6 in the demo with 12.91 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-04: Thursday, 10/13/11
2.5 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 12.39 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.6 in the demo with 13.01 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-03: Thursday, 10/6/11
2.7 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 13.15 million; first in the timelsot.
Season average: 2.7 in the demo with 13.21 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-02: Thursday, 9/29/11
In week two, The Mentalist fell 7% in the demo to a 2.6 rating and 12.92 million. That matches the show’s second-lowest demo rating and is the fewest number of viewers in the drama’s history. The series is still popular but it’s not really a hit for CBS any longer.
Season average: 2.7 demo with 13.24 million.

Episode 04-01: Thursday, 9/22/11
The season premiere ratings came as a disappointment this time around. Despite ending last season on a big cliffhanger, the show was down year-to-year by 18% in the 18-49 demographic. It garnered a 2.8 rating with 13.56 million viewers. It was second place in its timeslot.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 14.53 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 Mentalist TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a fifth season?

 

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Beth October 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm

The show was outstanding tonight 10-7-12, when his daughter said good bye, the emotion shown on his face was worthy of an Academy Award…WOW

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Joan June 15, 2012 at 7:58 am

CBS is getting rid of the Mentlist when it needs to get rid of some the crap they have on unfortunately the crappy ones get more viewer’s. tells you that a lot of people like filth instead of good entertainment. Sorry crew of Mentlist loved you all.

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Madonna May 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm

To whom it may concern;
RENEW THE SHOW IT IS THE BEST THING CBS HAS GOING……RENEW, RENEW,RENEW…
Thank You.
Madonna

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Dcarr May 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I love The Mentalist. It is an amazing cunning show! I love watching
“Patrick Jane”!….I would love for there to be a fifth season. I would be disappointed if it got cancelled.

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Barbara May 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I already know that The Mentalist has been picked up for a 5th season and couldn’t be happier..love, love, love Simon’s Patrick Jane character, and the supporting cast is great too…BUT please enough already with the Red John storyline…Patrick and his colleagues would have caught this guy already!!

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Laura Mack May 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm

OMG!! Where do they think they are going with this. After watching tonight’s episode, (4 – 23, Red Rover, Red Rover, May 10, 2012), especially the preview of the season finale next week, 4 – 24, The Crimson Hat, I believe I QUIT! After 3 seasons as a dedicated fan, then a somewhat painful 4th season of “hanging in” hoping they would redeem themselves finally somehow for the complete botch they did ending last season, when they decided to kill off the show’s main protagonist, then seemingly figured out too late that their viewers were generally unhappy with that decision, so they decided to ressurrect him for season 4, hoping viewers would forgive the obviously rediculous holes in the plot. For them to assume that everyone would buy the story that anyone would really get away with blatant, premeditated murder, in a public place, even if it was another monsterous killer, is frankly insulting to our intelligence! Anyhow, my point is, I have no desire or intention of tuning in next week to watch Patrick Jane slip over to the dark side, & become a monster himself. If this is really the direction this is headed, I want no part of it. What I used to like about the show, what kept me coming back week after week, was a unique mixture of sarcastic humour & sophistication, & intelligent plots. Now it’s all just spinning out of control. This isn’t even making logical sense anymore. We are just being led around like sheep. So, I don’t know whether this is finally just a dissappointing final ending for the whole thing, or just another fake-out like last season, I just don’t think I care any longer. They’ve just lost a previously dedicated fan. :( :(

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Pat May 13, 2012 at 7:32 am

I love this show PLEASE do not cancel it. If you give it a 9:00 time slot , I Generally I fall asleep and have to go to ON DEMAND to catch up.

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carmen boyle April 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I love this show. I watch it every week. Hope its renewed.

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Destiny March 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

My favorite show is “The MENTALIST’! I love patrick jane and his intelligence and pray they don’t cancel it! Renew it PLEASE!!!

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