The Playboy Club: 2011-2012 TV Season Ratings

Playboy Club ratingsHere are the updated ratings for the Playboy Club TV series. Set in 1960s Chicago, this drama follows the lives of those who visit and work at the legendary Playboy Club. The first season of The Playboy Club typically airs on Monday nights at 10pm on the NBC network.

Here are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if The Playboy Club is going to be cancelled or renewed for season two. Check out our NBC 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:

UPDATE: The Playboy Club has been cancelled and pulled.

Episode 01-03 — Monday, 10/3/11
1.2 in the demo (-8% week-to-week change) with 3.47 million; last place in the timeslot.
Demo average rank: #10 of 11 scripted TV shows currently on the network.
Season average: 1.4 in the demo with 4.15 million.

Episode 01-02 — Monday, 9/26/11
No good news for this new TV series. As expected, Playboy Club dropped in week two to a 1.3 in the demo and 3.97 million. That was a loss of 19% and this show couldn’t afford any declines. Expect for this to be pulled before all of the episodes have aired.
Season average: 1.5 in the demo and 4.5 million.

Episode 01-01 — Monday, 9/19/11
It certainly wasn’t a very impressive start for this NBC series. Playboy Club registered a meager 1.6 in the 18-49 demographic and just 5.02 million viewers, putting it in third place for the timeslot, well behind the returns of Hawaii Five-0 and Castle. The competition more than doubled Playboy Club’s ratings in both the demo and total viewership. That’s really terrible.

What’s more, last year’s now-cancelled Chase premiered to a 37% better demo rating (2.3). NBC may not pull Playboy Club for awhile because they have so much invested in it but this one is surely dead-on-arrival.

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 The Playboy Club TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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  1. Rose says

    I am really enjoying The Playboy Club! I hope it doesn’t get cancelled, that would be a total bummer! Who doesn’t like hot chicks in sexy bunny outfits? 😉 I know I sure do!


  2. Jan says

    I like the Playboy Club, I have watched both episodes in real time not DVR at a later date and time. I find the writing very good and the players were all believable in the parts. The Playboy Club rewards the viewer with what it would have been like to have lived in that time period as a young man, a young woman, a slightly older man, a slightly older woman and how the times indeed have changed. I can’t believe that the ratings are that low. I think it needs a second look by all that may have only watched the first episode. I will watch it to the end or they pull it for some weird reason. I don’t care for reality shows, and I don’t care for situation comedy shows. This show is like true fact based history. I really enjoyed it. Thanks to NBC for having the guts to air this new wave of entertainment.

  3. Georgia says

    I am a fan of The Playboy Club. I was lucky enough to be able to go to The Playboy Club “back in the day.” Wish they’d give this show a chance. I do watch Castle and record The Playboy Club on my DVR. (As for Hawaii-5-0, not my cup of tea. A remake of the original with Jack Lord “back in the day” was so much better than this new version. ) Do the networks count shows that we rcord on our DVRs? I have two and keep them busy! Something is wrong with the TV rating system. Seems to me these Nielsen families have the attention span of gnats. Such a shame!

  4. Kat says

    Not a fan of Jersey Shore or any reality TV show and I still think this should be cancelled. What I ~am~ a fan of is quality scripted programming like Castle and Hawaii 5-0, which both air in The Playboy Club’s timeslot. Guess the network’s kicking itself regarding Chase?

  5. Jason says

    Cancel the show, and no, I do not watch other trashy shows such as Jersey Shore. There’s no respect for women on this show.

  6. Anonymous says

    I bet those who say cancel the show “enjoy” a good jersey shore… or some other lame reality show…
    Give the show a chance before you start a lynching mob, and see where it goes.

  7. Tom says

    I watched it and did enjoy it, I was hoping that it would transport me back to the early 60’s…as Mad Men does very effectively..but it really did not.The club and mansion scenes could be from today,except for the old cars and old telephone,it did not bring me back to the 60’s,an era I remember fondly…hopefully “Pan Am” will acheive this in Mad Men fashion. But I will watch it next week, and hope it survives for awhile.

  8. Bob says

    I was young man in the 60s so I grew up in the era of The Playboy Club. I really enjoyed the show, the costumes and the cars, and the storyline was intriguing. I will continue to watch and hope it dosen’t get cancelled. I also watched Chase, which I labeled as “Annie get your gun”.

  9. bruce says

    I actually did not watch it when it aired, because I am not missing Castle or Hawaii 5-0. (My DVR can only record two shows at once in the same time period). So I watched THE PLAYBOY CLUB on on demand, and I was not impressed. Yes I love seeing all the hot girls made and up dressed like its 1964 or whatever, but the show, as far as the story—not much there. i don’t think it will last.

  10. Sherry says

    I loved The Playboy Club. I tivoed it & watched it again with my hubby & some friends & everyone enjoyed it. But what do we know? We loved Chase & they cancelled it! Give these shows a chance for heavens sake or put them in a less competitive time slot till they get seen a little!!!

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