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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.

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

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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Anonymous January 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Renew it!!!!!! For a fith season

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Clark & Mary Hunter June 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

We love it! Lately the shows have been re-runs. How about an all-new show.

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ding June 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

huge fun. can’t live without it

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RS May 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

i don’t really know how this crap made it through three seasons it should go bye bye

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mary May 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Agree!!!

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CDKDJK April 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

Please Renewed for Season 4.

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Sdearman April 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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!

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Ann March 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

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.

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JOHN January 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

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.

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Tha Critic November 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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.

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Craig October 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

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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