The Simpsons: 2011-12 TV Season Ratings

The Simpsons ratingsHere are the ratings for The Simpsons TV show. Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and the rest of the Simpsons family (Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith) continue to live in Springfield and both cause and endure crazy shenanigans. The 23rd season of The Simpsons typically airs Sunday nights at 8pm on the FOX network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if The Simpsons should have been renewed by FOX for seasons 24 and 25. Check out our FOX ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

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Final season 23 ratings: 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.15 million total viewers.

Episode 23-22: Sunday, 05/20/12 (season finale)
2.1 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 4.82 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.86 in the demo with 6.15 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-21: Sunday, 05/13/12
1.9 in the demo (-14% episode-to-episode change) with 4.07 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.90 in the demo with 6.21 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-20: Sunday, 05/06/12
2.2 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 4.84 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.95 in the demo with 6.32 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-19: Sunday, 04/29/12
2.3 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 5.00 million; tied for second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.99 in the demo with 6.40 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-18: Sunday, 04/15/12
2.3 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 4.96 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.03 in the demo with 6.48 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-17: Sunday, 03/18/12
2.4 in the demo (+4% episode-to-episode change) with 5.25 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.07 in the demo with 6.56 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-16: Sunday, 03/11/12
2.3 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 4.97 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.11 in the demo with 6.65 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-15: Sunday, 03/04/12
2.5 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 5.09 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.17 in the demo with 6.76 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-14: Sunday, 02/19/12
2.6 in the demo (+30% episode-to-episode change) with 5.77 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.21 in the demo with 6.88 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-13: Sunday, 02/12/12
2.0 in the demo (-17% episode-to-episode change) with 4.26 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.26 in the demo with 6.96 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-12: Sunday, 1/29/12
2.4 in the demo (-56% episode-to-episode change) with 5.03 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.37 in the demo with 7.19 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-11: Sunday, 1/15/12
5.4 in the demo (+134% episode-to-episode change) with 11.48 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.45 in the demo with 7.38 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-10: Sunday, 1/8/12
2.3 in the demo (-23% episode-to-episode change) with 5.07 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.26 in the demo with 6.97 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-09: Sunday, 12/11/11
3.0 in the demo (-25% episode-to-episode change) with 6.43 million; tied for second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.37 in the demo with 7.19 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-08: Sunday, 12/04/11
4.0 in the demo (+54% episode-to-episode change) with 9.00 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.41 in the demo with 7.28 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-07: Sunday, 11/27/11
2.6 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 5.61 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.33 in the demo with 7.04 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-06: Sunday, 11/20/11
2.7 in the demo (-21% episode-to-episode change) with 5.77 million.
Season average: 3.45 in the demo with 7.27 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-05: Sunday, 11/13/11
3.4 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 7.50 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.60 in the demo with 7.57 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-04: Sunday, 11/06/11
3.7 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 8.00 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.65 in the demo with 7.59 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-03: Sunday, 10/30/11
4.0 in the demo (+33% episode-to-episode change) with 8.10 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.63 in the demo with 7.46 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 11 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 23-02: Sunday, 10/2/11
3.0 in the demo (-23% episode-to-episode change) with 6.19 million; third place in the timeslot.

Episode 23-01: Sunday, 9/25/11
3.9 in the 18-49 demographic with 8.08 million; second in the timeslot. The debut was up by 5% in the demo when compared to last year’s season opener.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.05 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.

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11 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. DiscoStu says

    Party and move to the disco groove, the more they age the more they improve. Disco Stu wants to keep on dancing, dancing, dancing.. I’m a dancing machine.

  2. ThatBob says

    Episode 23-10 may have been the Worst Episode Ever. Seriously. It was dated, flat, unoriginal in plot and execution, and the attempt at political satire completely missed target. Did they let someone’s angry seventeen-year-old daughter write it for Take Your Daughter To Work Day? If they can’t do any better than that maybe the show should be cancelled.

  3. Pikachu says

    Since FOX renewed it for two more seasons, I think the ratings are great. I’m planning on watching The Simpsons someday. :)

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