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The Middle: Season Four Ratings

The Middle on ABC ratingsWill The Middle still be able to bring in solid ratings now that Wednesday nights are getting even more competitive? Stay tuned to find out if we’ll be able to continue watching The Heck family’s story.

The fourth season of The Middle typically airs Wednesday nights at 8pm on the ABC network. Once again, the cast includes Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, and Chris Kattan.

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

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

Final season averages: 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.01 million total viewers.

Episode 04-24: Wednesday, 05/22/13
2.0 in the demo (+5% change) with 7.70 million (+14% change).
Season averages: 2.28 in the demo with 8.01 million.

Episode 04-23: Wednesday, 05/15/13
1.9 in the demo (+6% change) with 6.76 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.28 in the demo with 8.01 million.

UPDATE: ABC has renewed this show for a fifth season for 2013-14.

Episode 04-22: Wednesday, 05/08/13
1.8 in the demo (-10% change) with 6.80 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 2.30 in the demo with 8.07 million.

Episode 04-21: Wednesday, 05/01/13
2.0 in the demo (0% change) with 7.41 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 2.32 in the demo with 8.13 million.

Episode 04-20: Wednesday, 04/10/13
2.0 in the demo (0% change) with 7.55 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 2.34 in the demo with 8.16 million.

Episode 04-19: Wednesday, 04/03/13
2.0 in the demo (+11% change) with 7.22 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 2.36 in the demo with 8.19 million.

Episode 04-18: Wednesday, 03/27/13
1.8 in the demo (-14% change) with 6.90 million (-13% change).
Season averages: 2.38 in the demo with 8.25 million.

Episode 04-17: Wednesday, 02/27/13
2.1 in the demo (-9% change) with 7.97 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 2.41 in the demo with 8.33 million.

Episode 04-16: Wednesday, 02/20/13
2.3 in the demo (+21% change) with 8.27 million (+7% change).
Season averages: 2.43 in the demo with 8.35 million.

Episode 04-15: Wednesday, 02/13/13
1.9 in the demo (-17% change) with 7.72 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 2.44 in the demo with 8.35 million.

Episode 04-14: Wednesday, 02/06/13
2.3 in the demo (-8% change) with 8.21 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 2.48 in the demo with 8.40 million.

Episode 04-13: Wednesday, 01/23/13
2.5 in the demo (+9% change) with 8.55 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 2.49 in the demo with 8.41 million.

Episode 04-12: Wednesday, 01/16/13
2.3 in the demo (-4% change) with 8.21 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 2.49 in the demo with 8.40 million.

ABC TV show ratingsEpisode 04-11: Wednesday, 01/09/13
2.4 in the demo (+14% change) with 8.39 million (+15% change).
Season averages: 2.51 in the demo with 8.42 million.

Episode 04-10: Wednesday, 12/12/12
2.1 in the demo (-9% change) with 7.29 million (-9% change).
Season averages: 2.52 in the demo with 8.42 million.

Episode 04-09: Wednesday, 12/05/12
2.3 in the demo (-12% change) with 7.98 million (-9% change).
Season averages: 2.57 in the demo with 8.55 million.

Episode 04-08: Wednesday, 11/14/12
2.6 in the demo (-4% change) with 8.79 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.60 in the demo with 8.62 million.

Episode 04-07: Wednesday, 11/07/12
2.7 in the demo (+4% change) with 9.04 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.60 in the demo with 8.60 million.

Episode 04-06: Wednesday, 10/24/12
2.6 in the demo (+4% change) with 8.80 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 2.58 in the demo with 8.52 million.

Episode 04-05: Wednesday, 10/17/12
2.5 in the demo (+4% change) with 8.39 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 2.58 in the demo with 8.47 million.

Episode 04-04: Wednesday, 10/10/12
2.4 in the demo (+9% change) with 7.90 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 2.60 in the demo with 8.48 million.

Episode 04-03: Wednesday, 10/03/12
2.2 in the demo (-24% change) with 7.72 million (-16% change).
Season averages: 2.67 in the demo with 8.68 million.

Episodes 04-01 & 04-02: Wednesday, 09/26/12
2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.16 million total viewers.
Season averages: 2.90 in the demo with 9.16 million.

Year-to-year, The Middle was down by 7% in the demo (vs a 3.1 rating) and down by 6% in viewers (vs 9.74 million). However, these were the best numbers for the sitcom since January 2012.


Reference point: The 2011-12 season averaged a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.41 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 still like The Middle TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season?

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynn April 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONT CANCEL THIS BRILLIANT SITCOM
best show in the history of comedy!!!
cast is amazingly talented!!
genius writers!!
i look forward to this every week.
BTW what happened to tonight, wednesday 4/17, 8PM????? where is my show?!?!?!? 2 back to back episodes of Suburgatory????? huh? Suburg doesnt even come close. Sorry.

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Barbara Williamson April 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Do not cancel. We love The Middle! It is so funny!

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Anonymous April 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I love the middle don’t let it be cancelled!

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Norman Stanley April 12, 2013 at 1:19 am

The Middle is a great show please don’t cancel it I just love it

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Veronika February 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I love this show. And I love the whole family – every one of them. They are so natural and true (not like the Modern Family). It will be really sad if the show will be canceled :(

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PATT February 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS.

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Linda Winegar February 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

Please do not cacel Do No Harm. It is definely not stupid like some tv Shows . Nbc has the best shows

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Norman Stanley February 9, 2013 at 6:02 am

Love the Middle even repeats which we have recently had I too hope it continues for many more seasons

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Charles Mitchell January 23, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Superb show. Well done. Deservesall the awards and accolades Modern Family gets. Arguably a better show than Modern Family, more intriguing to me anyway in its inaneness.

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Sarah January 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I love The Middle! I think it has a great cast and is a very enjoyable show to watch. You got to love the whole family. I would be extremely upset if this show was to be cancelled. I think it’s also a great family show where all ages can watch and enjoy.

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D January 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

Very well written. The cast is extremely talented. Every character is interesting. I live in the Midwest, and the attention to detail is too funny… Love the Frugal Hoosier, …I have to go back to read all the attention to detail in the store, can’t stop laughing. Love the show, best family comedy on. I agree, totally underated. That show definately deserves an Emmy. as well as nominations for the cast. Don’t know why they are snubbed. It will be interesting to see where they take the cast next season.

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Beth December 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I love The Middle and hope it continues for many more seasons. Every Thursday at work we all talk about the show and how funny it is. I wish it would get more recognition. We would all be crushed if it was cancelled.

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John November 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Very entertaining family sitcom. Our family discovered the show in the middle (no pun intended) of its third season. We liked it so much, we purchased Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD. This is a top notch show with a great cast, excellent writers, and storylines most families can relate to. It would be a real loss if the show did not make it for a fifth season.

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Donna November 16, 2012 at 1:10 am

Funniest show we can all relate to.

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Georgia October 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

The Middle is laugh out loud hilarious! It’s my favorite sitcom and Modern Family is a close second. Hope they both are on a long, long time!

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