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The Middle: Season Five Ratings

The Middle season five ratingsWhile some shows get a lot of press and hype, The Middle has remained a quiet success for ABC. Last season, it was their fourth highest-rated scripted show. Will the ratings remain high or will they fall in season five? Could it be cancelled or is it guaranteed a sixth season, thanks to syndication profits? Stay tuned to find out.

The Middlefollows the Heck family from a small town in Indiana as they try their best to get ahead. They’re played by Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.

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5/9 update: The Middle has been renewed for a sixth season on ABC.

5/22 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.

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For comparisons: The fourth season of The Middle averaged a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.01 million total viewers.

Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). 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 still like The Middle TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a sixth season?

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Amy March 31, 2014 at 8:57 pm

The Middle is the funniest show on TV – – please, please, please renew it. It is hilarious and so well-written and well-acted. It’s a show that the whole family enjoys watching because we can all relate to the characters.


R & M March 28, 2014 at 7:51 am

Oh please renew the Middle I love it so much and so does my husband.


Roger March 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

I’fm from Brazil and I love the Heck, specially Sue! Please, renew for season 6!


Tony March 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

Renew for season 6! I think it needs to try to go to season 7 or 8! My sister and I both think we need to see Sue as a senior in high school, and her in college would be funny!


Nick March 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

All signs point to the show being renewed. It is rated #5 on ABC so lets hope that it stays that way. I assume I am not the only one that feels television has replaced to many scripted shows with STUPID reality shows right?


Val March 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I am 58 and love The Middle as does my husband. Please renew! Such a wonderful cast, can’t imagine why Eden Sher doesn’t have an emmy in her hand!


trylon March 13, 2014 at 3:15 am

The Middle is a gem. Other than Doc Martin on PBS, The Middle is the only television show I watch in prime time on a regular basis. The Middle has actors with real talent who have created humorous and admirable characters. As dysfunctional as the family appears, they portray people who actually do care about each other. It is brilliant in its simplicity. And the absence of that insipid laugh track adds to the quality of show. Someone asked me if I sometimes confuse Frankie with the character, Deborah Barrone. Not at all; I figure she finally got a divorce from that selfish moron of a husband, met Mike Heck and married up.


kat February 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Renew Please! Very Funny! Very Relatable! And My teenagers and young adults now like it! Was surprised to hear they now like it as they were unsure of the show early on.


michele February 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

This show really makes me laugh like no other. I can totally relate to some of the issues this family has. You have to renew it…its funnier than Modern Family!!!!


Kate c February 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Love love love it!!!! Renew forever!


Norman Stanley February 12, 2014 at 7:03 am

Great show still as funny and entertaining as ever


Linda Myers December 30, 2013 at 2:08 am

Season 6? Go to Heck! The Middle is a hoot–I show it as a treat to my middle school classes at least twice a year to prove to the students they are normal!


Connie C October 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

What J.R. said! It is the only series I watch, and I don’t associate Mrs. Heck at all with Deborah Barone. She is so convincing.


Norman Stanley September 27, 2013 at 1:29 am

The Middle is a great show I have watched every episode of the first 4 Seasons and will continue to watch when season five appears on our local station in Tasmania


J.R. September 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Season 6? Heck yeah! “The Middle” is the only tv show I watch with any consistency. I hope ABC keeps the Heck family for a while. Very funny show with a genuine heart and family to love.


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