The Mentalist: Season Five Ratings

Mentalist ratingsThis season, The Mentalist moved to Sunday nights. How will this affect the ratings? The last occupant, CSI: Miami, was cancelled. Will Patrick Jane and company follow?

The fifth season of The Mentalist typically airs Sunday nights on the CBS network. The cast includes Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti, and Owain Yeoman.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if The Mentalist is going to be cancelled or renewed for season six.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Episode 05-21: Sunday, 05/05/13
1.7 in the demo (+6% change) with 9.17 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 1.74 in the demo with 9.50 million.

Episode 05-20: Sunday, 04/28/13
1.6 in the demo (0% change) with 8.69 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 1.74 in the demo with 9.52 million.

Episode 05-19: Sunday, 04/21/13
1.6 in the demo (+14% change) with 9.10 million (+14% change).
Season averages: 1.75 in the demo with 9.56 million.

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

Episode 05-18: Sunday, 03/24/13
1.4 in the demo (-18% change) with 8.00 million (-20% change).
Season averages: 1.76 in the demo with 9.59 million.

Episode 05-17: Sunday, 03/17/13
1.7 in the demo (0% change) with 9.98 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 1.78 in the demo with 9.68 million.

Episode 05-16: Sunday, 03/10/13
1.7 in the demo (+13% change) with 9.52 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 1.78 in the demo with 9.66 million.

Episode 05-15: Sunday, 03/03/13
1.5 in the demo (-6% change) with 9.24 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 1.79 in the demo with 9.67 million.

Episode 05-14: Sunday, 02/17/13
1.6 in the demo (-16% change) with 9.42 million (-10% change).
Season averages: 1.81 in the demo with 9.71 million.

Episode 05-13: Sunday, 01/27/13
1.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 10.50 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 9.73 million.

Episode 05-12: Sunday, 01/13/13
2.1 in the demo (0% change) with 10.60 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 9.66 million.

CBS TV show ratingsEpisode 05-11: Sunday, 01/06/13
2.1 in the demo (+31% change) with 10.85 million (+37% change).
Season averages: 1.79 in the demo with 9.58 million.

Episode 05-10: Sunday, 12/09/12
1.6 in the demo (-11% change) with 7.94 million (-22% change).
Season averages: 1.76 in the demo with 9.45 million.

Episode 05-09: Sunday, 11/25/12
1.8 in the demo (+29% change) with 10.15 million (+26% change).
Season averages: 1.78 in the demo with 10.15 million.

Episode 05-08: Sunday, 11/18/12
1.4 in the demo (-26% change) with 8.07 million (-21% change).
Season averages: 1.77 in the demo with 9.55 million.

Episode 05-07: Sunday, 11/11/12
1.9 in the demo (+6% change) with 10.15 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 1.83 in the demo with 9.76 million.

Episode 05-06: Sunday, 11/04/12
1.8 in the demo (0% change) with 9.11 million (-10% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 9.70 million.

Episode 05-05: Sunday, 10/28/12
1.8 in the demo (+20% change) with 10.17 million (+26% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 9.82 million.

Episode 05-04: Sunday, 10/21/12
1.5 in the demo (-29% change) with 8.10 million (-25% change).
Season averages: 1.83 in the demo with 9.73 million.

Episode 05-03: Sunday, 10/14/12
2.1 in the demo (+31% change) with 10.74 million (+19% change).
Season averages: 1.93 in the demo with 10.27 million.

Episode 05-02: Sunday, 10/07/12
1.6 in the demo (-24% change) with 9.02 million (-18% change).
Season averages: 1.85 in the demo with 10.04 million.

Episode 05-01: Sunday, 09/30/12
2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.06 million total viewers.
Season averages: 2.10 in the demo with 11.06 million.

Compared to the fourth season premiere, this debut was down by 25% in the demo (vs a 2.8 rating) and down by 18% in viewers (vs 13.56 million).

Reference point: The 2011-12 season averaged a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 13.12 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 renewed for a sixth season?

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74 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Leigh Ann von Hoelle says

    One of my favorite shows on all stations! I just don’t understand why such a highly rated show, even after being moved in time slots several times, isn’t on Comcast’s ONDEMAND? When football is in season and things get off their schedule, this show is affected.

    Simon Baker is an amazing actor. His smile and demeanor is infectious.

  2. Vernecia says

    First you kill CSI Miami with this ridiculous schedule, are you trying to kill The Mentalist too. Or do you think the writers obsession with Red John will kill the show faster?

  3. Cardea says

    In my opinnion, The Mentalist is currently the best show on tv. It is interesting and dinamic show with great actors. It would be very sad and unprofesional to cancel such a great show like TheMentalist.

  4. Patricia Barrigher says

    Please do not let the Mentalist be canceled. CBS: You are so careless with your hits. Sunday Night is a killer even for a good show like The Mentalist. The whole cast is so great, they shouldn’t be subjected to this.

  5. Proacman says

    Final episode of season 5 is titled Red John Rules. Description is that Jane narrows down the list to one, Red John.

    If this isn’t an indication that this is the last episode then I don’t know what is.

    Will never watch CBS again!

  6. says

    We love The Mentalist. We also tape everything we watch and for those on Sunday nights we add extra time cause of sports. We hate that CBS continues to play their little games. Do not cancel it!!

  7. Linda says

    Love this show, but agree with the Sunday is horrible comments. A couple of weeks we couldn’t be home to watch we missed the entire show…and it’s never available on our cable company’s “Primetime on Demand” lineup! We finally started setting our DVR to record an hour PAST the scheduled end-time, just in case a football game ran over! That worked pretty well. Obviously, we love the show, or we wouldn’t have bothered trying to work around the horrible scheduling.

  8. David Davenport says

    It has been difficult for me to adjust to watch the Mentalist on Sunday night but I will do so on March 10th. On the 3rd I got suckered into watching Red Widow because I though it was a “spy thriller” about the activities of Soviet sleeper agents. It wasn’t so. On March 10 I will watch the Mentalist. This is a well-written show with likeable characters.

  9. OLM says

    To tell the truth, I thought this show was cancelled already. I loved it when it was on Thursdays, but then POOF! it was gone. I generally don’t sit down and turn on the TV in hopes I’ll find something to watch, and I don’t make a habit of flipping through the channels night after night, looking for a show that vanished. If the Mentalist dies, it will be because CBS killed it. I have a theory that CBS, which doesn’t make it’s shows widely available via hulu or other venues, purposefully executes “mature” shows, shows at their peak popularity, so they have leverage over stars and the poisoned ratings to keep costs down. They stick in a knife in them, lowball another season or two, and look to make their money on syndication, DVD and itunes sales. Well, I won’t pay to watch episodes–that’s what the damned commercials are for. Put ’em on hulu or netflix.

  10. jl says

    The Mentalist built their audience and the loyalty through quality wrting and performances. Then cbs decides to hand that earned audience over to elementary? I guess that is what fans get for their dedication.

  11. linda says

    Love this show and would hate to see it canceled. It’s the only show I will record if I have to miss it. Please DO NOT cancel.

  12. Trish says

    I love The Mentalist but wish it had remained on Thursday night. It’s hard to rely on it when it is either broadcast late or not at all on Sundays because of NFL games and other events such as awards shows. You can’t count on it. I hope it stays on the air. I’m a big fan. Give it a chance by having on consistently on a better night and a decent hour.

  13. Rick says

    Was/am a fan…but rapidly losing interest….get this Red John phantom nonsense dealt with…and…let Baker & the team focus on real cases…looks like series is suffering from writer exhaustion…see other fan comments…that seem to agree…few do not

    • Matt says

      You must be part of that huge demographic that demands we have bland, stand-alone, non-serialized episodes that have almost nothing to do with structure or story and could be any number of CBI agents, that are not Jane, Lisbon, Cho etc.

      The best part of this show is Jane vs Red John. I am absolutely astounded every time I see someone pining to get rid of this angle so the show can breathe. Most diehard fans of the show would seem to agree that the episodes that have nothing to do with Red John are the truly tortuous ones.

      Oh well.. you’re the majority it seems. I guess that’s why shows like “The Amazing Race” and the 145th season of Survivor are so damn popular, and the Mentalist only gets 9 million viewers an episode.

      • Sarah says

        I agree with you that Jane vs. Red John is one of the most important parts of the show. I love the story-lines and would personally love to see more of them. I personally believe that without Red John related episodes, the show would not be nearly as dynamic. That is the soul reason Jane came to the CBI in the first place. I absolutely LOVE The Mentalist and would hate to see it cancelled. I just recently got into it, but I have now seen every episode in order from the beginning. Love the characters, especially Jane. I love every episode, but the ones related to Red John are what make up most of my favorites. I watch it even if it gets pushed back or preempted. Just last week I watched a rerun of the episode “Devil’s Cherry” rather than the Oscars or anything else. It is one of the most entertaining shows on tv today and I look forward to watching every new episode!!!!

      • Proacman says

        For those that do not like the continuing Red John story there are many episodes that have nothing or next to nothing to do with Red John. But those that do seem to have the most suspense. The other’s are of a lighter fare.

        To each his own. I love both types.

    • Evan says

      I think people like you who always say things like that are the types of people that like things done fast, no questions asked. I think that you need patience, and need to realize what’s going to happen if Red John gets caught. They have a new lead, the ‘I’ve met him before thing,’ so just chill out, shut up, and watch. In real life, this is nothing short of the amount of time they put in to catching serial killers extremely smart, that is. I think that the pace of finding Red John is very riveting, and I like how the writers know just the amount of information to give us heading into each episode, job well done.

      As for me, I’d like it to be unlimited, but that could just be me. I think Patrick needs more moments where the girl wants him SUPER bad, and don’t take the ‘Wedding Ring’ phoney thing as an answer, and realize that it’s obviously fake. I’d REALLY love that. :) Favourite episode so far would have to be the one where *SEASON 5 SPOILER* Lorelei gets super mad at Jane for lying to her about the kidnapping thing, in a hotel room.

  14. robin says

    Love the show but having a hard time getting to watch it this year as never seems to be on in scheduled Sunday nights. Terrible time for a TV show after 11:00PM here.

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