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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41 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. eman says

    The mentalist is fantastic series .
    I love it .
    I hope the best for evry one in cast .
    Firstly Simon Baker my love
    he is amazing i love him as Patrick Jane .
    he is lovely .
    Good job …team.

  2. iladelf says

    What killed the show, IMO, is this season’s opener. Unimaginative, and for the producers and writers to pull a fast one, with the “Ha, Ha! It wasn’t really Red John!”, well, that irked me to no end. The producers, and I believe in Heller himself, said in interviews at the end of last season that yes, indeed, Red John was dead, and he was the real Red John.

    I have a feeling CBS execs said if you want your show to stay on the air, keep the Red John arc going. I’ve had enough; I thought the show was great, but now, doubt if I ever watch it again as the recorded episodes pile up on my DVR. Wouldn’t be surprised if that pile goes away by mid-season this year (a.k.a. it gets dropped).

    Matter of fact, I’m getting real tired of these shows pulling “the fast one” on us viewers. “Lost”; really, they’re all dead, and have been the entire show? Glad I didn’t waste several years watching it. That’s just an example; “The Mentalist” is heading the same way—similar to the “All Will Be Revealed” stunt “Heroes” pulled at the beginning of Season 3 (2?). Umm, yeaaaahh,..after that, it was gone shortly thereafter.

    Thanks for ruining my favorite show, you fools!

    • Tara says

      It’s amazing how the best season beginning for me was a disappointment for another person. Sorry bu I agreee with 0% of what you said.

  3. ellen says

    it’s still early but wait the rating will get better as the season goes on. the Mentalist is still the best show on tv. I say renew it

  4. Tiara says

    One thing that is not mentioned in this article is that ratings are down across the board this year. Of course there are a couple of exceptions, but look at all shows numbers compared to last year…

  5. Daph says

    I’m from Greece and I love the Mentalist.It’s true,it’s pretty easy to find the murderer but it still is a nice show-well-written and acted .Simon Baker is obviously the reason why this show is my – and so many peoples’ – favourite. I Definitely vote for season 5! and 6!

  6. cress says

    The Mentalist is only worth watching for Simon Bakers’ performance. It is so easy to figure out the murderer. It is not well-written. And the Red John storyline is really getting old. Bruno Heller made a show with a charming lead surrounded by simple-minded filler.

  7. Bonnie Maynes says

    The Mentalist is the best show on TV. It is well written and acted. Of course it should stay on. I have no idea why the rating are down but when people realize what a wonderful show it is they stick with it.

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