The Middle: Ratings for the 2011-12 TV Season

The Middle ABC ratingsHere are the ratings for the TV show about “Frankie” (Patricia Heaton) and Mike Heck (Neil Flynn) who do their best to raise their kids (Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer) and keep their sanity in a small fictional town of Orson, Indiana. The third season of The Middle typically airs Wednesday nights at 8pm on the ABC network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if The Middle is going to be cancelled or renewed for season four. Check out our ABC ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

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Final season three averages: 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.41 million total viewers.

Episode 03-23: Wednesday, 05/23/12 (season finale)
2.0 in the demo (+5% episode-to-episode change) with 6.52 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.60 in the demo with 8.41 million.
Demo average rank: tied for #6 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-22: Wednesday, 05/16/12
1.9 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 6.53 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.62 in the demo with 8.49 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

UPDATE: The Middle has been renewed for a fourth season.

Episode 03-21: Wednesday, 05/09/12
1.9 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 6.60 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.65 in the demo with 8.58 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-20: Wednesday, 05/02/12
2.0 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 6.63 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.69 in the demo with 8.68 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-19: Wednesday, 04/11/12
2.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.06 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.73 in the demo with 8.78 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 22 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-18: Wednesday, 03/14/12
2.1 in the demo (-19% episode-to-episode change) with 6.93 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.76 in the demo with 8.87 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-17: Wednesday, 2/29/12
2.6 in the demo (+18% episode-to-episode change) with 8.23 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.79 in the demo with 8.98 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-16: Wednesday, 2/22/12
2.2 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 7.48 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.81 in the demo with 9.02 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-15: Wednesday, 2/15/12
2.4 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 8.04 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.84 in the demo with 9.12 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 18 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-14: Wednesday, 02/08/12:
2.6 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 8.44 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.87 in the demo with 9.19 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-13: Wednesday, 01/18/12:
2.5 in the demo (-14% episode-to-episode change) with 8.08 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.89 in the demo with 9.24 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-12: Wednesday, 01/11/12
2.9 in the demo (-3% episode-to-episode change) with 9.45 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.92 in the demo with 9.33 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-11: Wednesday, 01/04/12
3.0 in the demo (+7% episode-to-episode change) with 9.99 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.92 in the demo with 9.32 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-10: Wednesday, 12/07/11
2.8 in the demo (+12% episode-to-episode change) with 8.72 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.92 in the demo with 9.26 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012); tied with Desperate Housewives.

Episode 03-09: Wednesday, 11/23/11
2.5 in the demo (-17% episode-to-episode change) with 9.08 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.93 in the demo with 9.31 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-08: Wednesday, 11/16/11
3.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 9.19 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.98 in the demo with 9.34 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-07: Wednesday, 11/02/11
3.0 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 9.41 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.98 in the demo with 9.36 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-06: Wednesday, 10/26/11
3.2 in the demo (+7% episode-to-episode change) with 10.16 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.0 (2.97) in the demo with 9.35 million.
Demo average rank: #8 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-05: Wednesday, 10/19/11
3.0 in the demo (+3% episode-to-episode change) with 9.13 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.9 in the demo with 9.21 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 14 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012); tied with Desperate Housewives.

Episode 03-04: Wednesday, 10/12/11
2.9 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 8.87 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.9 in the demo with 9.23 million.
Demo average rank: #7 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-03: Wednesday, 10/5/11
2.8 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 9.13 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.9 in the demo with 9.32 million.
Demo average rank: #6 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012); tied with Castle and Pan Am.

Episode 03-02: Wednesday, 9/28/11
Week two came down by 13% in the demo to a 2.7 rating with 8.68 million viewers. While that’s a sizable drop, it’s far better than how the show was doing for much of last season.
Season average: 3.0 demo and 9.39 million.

Episode 03-01: Wednesday, 9/21/11
The series had its best season opener to date — and hit a series high — with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.74 million viewers. The special hour episode was third in its timeslot, just behind Survivor on CBS.


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.

Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.25 million viewers.

What do you think? Do you like The Middle TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?

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13 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Anonymous says

    This is the only show I watch on prime time. I love it and mark it in my TV Guide so I won’t miss it.

  2. Sdearman says

    I love the Middle!! It is one of my favorites! I am a middle class mom of three and I can find humor in all of it!

  3. Ann says

    After Patricia Heaton’s horrendous comments via Twitter about Sandra Fluke I predict the show will continue to tank. The things Heaton said were disgusting and vile. I can’t believe she talks like that. I used to love The Middle but no more.

  4. says

    MY FAMILY AND I LIKE THE SHOW. ITS REFRESHING AMONG THE COP/ CRIMINAL SHOWS AND FAKE REALITY GARBAGE IN ABUNDANCE ON THE TUBE. WE SAY RENEW IT.

  5. Tha Critic says

    I like its warm and quirky tone. This is a decent show that isn’t normally the type of show I watch, but I like Patricia Heaton from “Everybody Loves Raymond” and I’m glad she’s back on TV. I’m glad this show is around. Keep “The Middle” going.

  6. Craig says

    While I am not a huge fan of the show, I am glad to see it is doing pretty well. I tend to Tivo this show and watch it in little marathons when I am in the right mood for the show. Comedy based on stressful kids is something I can only handle at certain times. :)

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