Complete List Of 2011-12 Season TV Show Ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' Tops, Followed By 'American Idol,' 'The Voice' & 'Modern Family'

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May 24th, 2012

As another broadcast TV season slips into the rear view mirror, NBC Sunday Night Football finishes on top of the all important adults 18-49 ratings. The contest for second was a nail biter, as the Wednesday American Idol edged The Voice by just 0.04 ratings points. Modern Family was the top scripted show of the season.

If you're looking for the 2011-12 season total viewership results you can find them here.

2011-12 Season Adults 18-49 Ratings (33 weeks of Live+7 Day and 2.5 weeks of Live+Same Day ratings)

Rank Net Program Telecasts  Adults 18-49 rating Adults 18-49 Share Adults 18-49 viewers (million)
1 NBC NBC Sunday Night Football 15 7.99 20 10.214
2 FOX American Idol-WEDNESDAY 19 6.16 17 7.879
3 NBC VOICE 15 6.12 16 7.821
4 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK 15 5.74 15 7.343
5 ABC Modern Family 34 5.54 15 7.090
6 FOX American Idol-THURSDAY 18 5.53 16 7.067
6 CBS Big Bang Theory, THE 32 5.53 17 7.066
8 FOX OT, THE 7 5.24 14 6.695
9 CBS Two and a Half Men 34 5.10 12 6.526
10 FOX X-FACTOR-WED 10 4.36 12 5.580
11 CBS 2 Broke Girls 33 4.35 11 5.560
12 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 29 4.23 11 5.409
13 NBC FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 15 4.21 11 5.378
14 FOX New Girl 28 4.20 11 5.368
15 FOX X-FACTOR-THU 11 4.18 12 5.341
16 NBC VOICE:RESULTS SHOW 6 4.17 11 5.326
17 CBS How I Met Your Mother 32 4.12 12 5.270
18 ABC Once Upon A Time 24 4.10 10 5.240
19 CBS NCIS 34 4.01 11 5.121
20 CBS SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC 12 3.99 11 5.104
21 FOX Family Guy 23 3.79 9 4.847
22 CBS MIKE & MOLLY 33 3.77 9 4.820
23 CBS Criminal Minds 34 3.73 10 4.767
24 CBS ROB 8 3.71 10 4.748
25 FOX Glee 25 3.66 10 4.684
26 FOX Terra Nova 11 3.58 9 4.573
27 ABC Desperate Housewives 22 3.57 8 4.571
28 NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-MON 2 3.53 10 4.508
29 CBS SURVIVOR: ONE WORLD 13 3.48 10 4.443
30 CBS NCIS: LOS ANGELES 32 3.44 9 4.404
30 ABC Dancing with the Stars 20 3.44 9 4.400
32 NBC OFFICE 31 3.42 9 4.376
33 FOX HELL'S KITCHEN-MON 9P 1 3.41 8 4.365
34 FOX ALCATRAZ 10 3.39 8 4.339
35 NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE 2 3.38 9 4.323
36 FOX HOUSE 25 3.31 8 4.235
36 CBS Person Of Interest 31 3.31 9 4.235
38 FOX HELL'S KITCHEN-MON 1 3.30 9 4.218
39 FOX Simpsons 23 3.28 9 4.189
40 CBS Amazing Race 19 12 3.26 8 4.168
41 CBS Rules of Engagement 19 3.25 9 4.161
41 CBS Hawaii Five-0 33 3.25 8 4.154
43 CBS CSI 31 3.22 9 4.116
44 NBC SMASH 15 3.20 8 4.095
45 CBS Mentalist, THE 31 3.14 9 4.012
46 ABC DANCING W/STARS RESULTS 19 3.06 8 3.907
47 CBS Amazing Race 20 10 3.02 8 3.863
48 ABC Happy Endings 25 3.01 8 3.850
49 ABC Private Practice 24 2.97 8 3.794
50 ABC BACHELOR, THE 10 2.93 7 3.750
51 ABC REVENGE 27 2.90 8 3.708
52 FOX BONES 15 2.86 8 3.660
53 ABC Castle 27 2.84 7 3.637
54 NBC Fear Factor 5 2.81 7 3.589
55 CBS How To Be A Gentleman 2 2.79 8 3.568
56 FOX Napoleon Dynamite 5 2.77 7 3.543
57 FOX Touch 9 2.74 7 3.503
57 FOX American Dad 18 2.74 6 3.500
59 ABC DON'T Trust The B-APT 23 7 2.67 7 3.411
60 ABC GCB 8 2.64 7 3.380
60 ABC Last Man Standing 29 2.64 8 3.375
62 NBC PARENTHOOD 19 2.61 7 3.335
63 FOX Raising Hope 25 2.58 7 3.301
64 FOX CLEVELAND-SUN 8:30P 2 2.57 6 3.291
65 NBC Biggest Loser 13 18 2.56 7 3.271
66 NBC Biggest Loser 12 13 2.54 7 3.251
67 ABC Suburgatory 32 2.53 7 3.230
68 CBS CSI: MIAMI 21 2.52 7 3.217
69 ABC MIDDLE, THE 34 2.51 8 3.211
70 CBS Unforgettable 31 2.48 7 3.171
70 CBS Good Wife, THE 23 2.48 6 3.165
72 ABC BACHELORETTE, THE 2 2.47 6 3.157
73 ABC SCANDAL 7 2.45 7 3.134
74 NBC AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR 1 2.44 6 3.126
75 ABC Pan Am 14 2.42 6 3.100
75 ABC RIVER, THE 7 2.42 6 3.090
75 NBC Up All Night 27 2.42 7 3.088
78 NBC APPRENTICE 12 14 2.41 6 3.079
79 ABC Celebrity Wife Swap 4 2.40 6 3.074
80 CBS 60 Minutes 29 2.36 7 3.020
81 NBC Law And Order:SVU 31 2.30 6 2.941
82 NBC PARKS AND RECREATION 26 2.26 6 2.892
82 FOX FINDER 13 2.26 7 2.885
84 NBC WHITNEY 27 2.25 6 2.875
85 NBC FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 15 2.24 6 2.862
86 FOX MOBBED 4 2.23 6 2.849
86 CBS Undercover Boss 14 2.23 7 2.848
88 FOX Allen Gregory 7 2.18 5 2.791
89 NBC Grimm 26 2.14 7 2.742
90 ABC Last Man Standing-8:30PM 4 2.13 6 2.727
90 NBC 30 ROCK 19 2.13 6 2.725
92 FOX I HATE MY TEENAGE DGHTR 7 2.12 6 2.705
93 ABC SAT NIGHT FOOTBALL 10 2.10 7 2.690
94 ABC Man Up! 8 2.08 6 2.663
94 ABC Body Of Proof 26 2.08 6 2.660
96 FOX BOB'S Burgers 9 2.03 6 2.601
97 CBS Blue Bloods 30 2.02 6 2.583
98 FOX Family Guy ENCORE 4 2.01 5 2.570
99 FOX NFL ON FOX BONUS 1 1.95 5 2.487
100 FOX CLEVELAND 21 1.91 5 2.446
100 ABC Work It 2 1.91 5 2.444
102 NBC COMMUNITY 24 1.90 6 2.434
102 ABC Cougar Town 12 1.90 5 2.425
102 NBC ARE YOU THERE CHELSEA 12 1.90 5 2.423
105 CBS CSI: NY 25 1.89 6 2.414
106 ABC Wipeout-THURS 10 1.88 5 2.400
107 NBC PLAYBOY CLUB 3 1.84 5 2.351
108 NBC SING OFF 12 1.83 5 2.336
109 ABC MISSING 10 1.80 6 2.298
109 ABC Shark Tank 18 1.80 6 2.297
111 NBC Fashion Star 10 1.78 5 2.274
112 NBC OFF THEIR ROCKRS 8 1.76 6 2.247
113 NBC Prime Suspect 12 1.68 5 2.154
114 NBC WHO'S Still Standing 5 1.66 4 2.128
114 NBC AWAKE 12 1.66 5 2.127
114 FOX Fringe 26 1.66 5 2.120
117 FOX Napoleon Dynamite ENCORE 1 1.65 4 2.114
117 NBC AMERICA'S GOT TLNT-TU 8P 1 1.65 5 2.113
119 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 23 1.64 6 2.095
120 ABC CHARLIE'S ANGELS 7 1.63 5 2.088
121 FOX Simpsons ENCORE 4 1.62 4 2.068
122 FOX BREAKING IN 5 1.61 4 2.059
123 ABC 20/20-FRI 32 1.57 5 2.005
124 ABC Extreme Makeover:HM ED-9P 9 1.56 5 1.989
125 CBS NYC 22 4 1.55 4 1.984
125 ABC AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS 27 1.55 4 1.978
127 NBC OFF THEIR ROCKRS 830 4 1.54 5 1.968
128 ABC PRIMETIME:WHAT WOULD U DO 17 1.53 5 1.951
129 NBC Dateline FRI 33 1.50 5 1.913
130 ABC Extreme Makeover:HOME ED. 14 1.49 4 1.905
131 FOX COPS 2 13 1.42 4 1.818
132 NBC HARRY'S LAW 25 1.38 4 1.761
133 CBS GIFTED MAN, A 22 1.35 4 1.727
133 ABC MIDDLE-TUE, THE 5 1.35 3 1.720
135 NBC Up All Night-8:30P 4 1.34 4 1.718
135 FOX American Dad ENCORE 2 1.34 3 1.715
137 NBC Free Agents 3 1.33 4 1.707
137 NBC CHUCK 12 1.33 4 1.703
139 CW Vampire Diaries 32 1.30 4 1.658
139 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 29 1.30 4 1.658
141 FOX COPS 12 1.27 4 1.627
142 ABC Suburgatory-TUE 4 1.24 3 1.584
143 ABC You Deserve It 5 1.22 3 1.561
144 NBC Dateline SUN-7PM 13 1.16 3 1.478
145 ABC SAT NIGHT FTBL PRE-GAME 10 1.15 4 1.471
145 CBS 60 Minutes PRESENTS 3 1.15 3 1.468
145 NBC BENT 9P 3 1.15 3 1.467
148 ABC MY EXTREME AFFLICTION 4 1.14 4 1.463
148 FOX CLEVELAND ENCORE 2 1.14 3 1.454
150 CW AMERICA'S Top Model-11 12 1.13 3 1.446
150 NBC Dateline CLASSIC 2 1.13 3 1.440
152 ABC MISSING-WED 3 1.11 3 1.426
152 NBC Who Do You Think You Are 15 1.11 4 1.414
154 ABC 20/20-FRIDAY 1 1.10 4 1.410
155 NBC Best Friends Forever 4 1.09 3 1.390
156 FOX Simpsons-SUN 7P 9 1.06 4 1.359
157 ABC ABC SAT MOVIE OF THE WEEK 9 1.01 3 1.295
158 NBC FIRM 15 1.00 3 1.279
159 CW One Tree Hill 13 0.99 3 1.271
159 NBC BENT 930 3 0.99 3 1.262
161 NBC Dateline CLASSIC-FRI 1 0.97 3 1.240
162 NBC Rock Center-B. WILLIAMS 27 0.96 2 1.223
163 FOX CLEVELAND-SAT 9:30P 1 0.94 3 1.197
164 ABC Wipeout-SAT 8PM 5 0.92 3 1.178
165 CW SECRET CIRCLE 28 0.91 2 1.163
166 CBS COMEDYTIME SATURDAY 2 13 0.90 3 1.148
167 CW Supernatural 32 0.89 3 1.143
168 CBS COMEDYTIME SATURDAY 1 13 0.87 3 1.108
169 CBS CRIMETIME SATURDAY 23 0.86 3 1.102
170 ABC Shark Tank-SAT 8PM 4 0.85 3 1.081
171 NBC Law And Order:SVU-SAT 22 0.84 3 1.072
171 FOX CLEVELAND-SUN 7P 3 0.84 2 1.070
173 NBC LAW & ORDER:SVU-WED 9PM 2 0.82 2 1.054
173 CW 90210 28 0.82 2 1.049
175 CW Gossip Girl-MON 25 0.80 2 1.020
176 CW RINGER 25 0.79 2 1.010
177 FOX American Dad-SAT 9P 1 0.78 2 1.001
178 CW Hart Of Dixie 30 0.76 2 0.968
179 CW AMERICA'S Top Model-BRIT 12 0.71 2 0.913
180 FOX BOB'S BURGER-SUN 7P 8 0.70 2 0.893
180 FOX Terra Nova-ENCORE 8 0.70 2 0.889
182 FOX FINDER-ENCORE 2 0.69 2 0.887
183 NBC Prime Suspect-SAT 5 0.65 2 0.826
184 CW Nikita 31 0.61 2 0.774
185 FOX Q'VIVA 4 0.60 2 0.772
186 NBC SMASH-SAT 4 0.53 2 0.681
187 CW H8R 3 0.49 1 0.620
188 NBC HARRY'S LAW-SAT 11 0.48 2 0.615
189 NBC FIRM-SAT 1 0.43 1 0.549
189 CW AMERICA'S TOP MODEL11-ENC 5 0.43 1 0.547
191 CW RINGER-ENC 4 0.42 1 0.537
192 CW AMERICA'S TOP MOD BRIT-EN 8 0.35 1 0.444
193 CW Remodeled 6 0.33 1 0.422
194 NBC ESCAPE ROUTES 6 0.28 1 0.354
195 CW LA COMPLEX 5 0.27 1 0.350
 
  • 728huey

    Hooray for NBC! Having the top rated and third top rated programs for 2011-2012.

    Okay, so it’s football and The Voice. Their highest rated scripted show (The Office) was number 32, and their third highest rated show airs in the summer. But NBC needs something to get excited about, don’t they?

  • Sports Preemption

    People with the comments, realize this isn’t overall viewers and this isn’t Live+SD. This list is skewed towards the Live+7 numbers, (the only times Live+SD numbers are factored in are for the airings late in the season where the Live+7 numbers have not come in yet, which is everything after 5/7/12) and it is only 18-49 demo, and it covers all airings in all time slots unless specifically noted, including repeats.

    That’s why numbers you keep tossing out like the telecasts, overall viewers, and ratings are not what you think they should be. This list isn’t what you think it is. Adjust your perspective accordingly. That is all.

  • Naemeth

    @capslocke

    It includes Live+7

  • juan

    Wow a lot to analiyse. First Yay for Grey’s being the # 1 drama, still the best show, and great for Modern Family and OUAT for being # 1 scripted and new show respectively. Also too bad that Revenge didn’t get the push into top 50 but still pretty good. Really weird that GCB above scandal, its sad that it was cancelled but both should have been renewed, sad. And damn it that my favorite comedy ( Cougar Town) isn’t higher. Hopefully TBS reruns help it

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Will yo be doing it for the final rankings for Live viewers in both the 18-49 and total viewers???”

    We may, if we get total viewership numbers for the dates of the season. Usually we do, sometimes we don’t. Since the season ends on a Wednesday, an our “normal” data from Nielsen ends on a Sunday, we need a special set of data like this one.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “These ratings mostly include DVR. NFL doesn’t usually get significant DVR viewing. Idol, Voice and Modern Family typically get huge DVR increases. All the more impressive for Sunday Night Football.”

    Correct, these averages are almost entirely Live + 7 Day ratings, 2.5 weeks out of 35.5 weeks are Live + Same Day. I made a slight adjustment to the text above the table to try and quell the confusion evident, but I’m not sure how well that will work.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “SNF had 3 games air before the tv season started on 9/19 so their avg would be even higher with those games.”

    That is correct.

  • Geraint (Wales)

    Why are the repeats included?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Why are the repeats included?”

    Why not? Ads are sold during repeats as well as original broadcasts.

  • Nick

    Some interesting time period battles here:

    Wipeout: 1.88 #106
    Missing: 1.8 #109
    Charlie’s Angels: 1.63 #120

    Last Man Standing 830 repeat: 2.13 #90
    Cougar Town: 1.9 #102
    Work It: 1.91 #100
    Man Up: 2.08 #94

    Happy Endings: 3.01 #48
    DTTBIA23: 2.67 #59

    Awake: 1.66 #1.14
    Prime Suspect: 1.68 #1.13

  • forg

    Yay Modern Family! What a close fight with AI results and TBBT!

    The Voice and AI was close. I wish The Voice got it so NBC can brag having the top 2 shows this season since the rest sucks might as well give them this kind of victory

  • 6’9

    NFL IS KING!

  • forg

    ROB is the highest cancelled show followed by Terra Nova

  • Survivor Fan

    Highest Cancellation- Rob (#24)
    Lowest Renewal (Big Four)- Rock Center (#162)

    Survivor: South Pacific almost crossed the 4 mark!

    The Voice made up a lot of ground on Idol for the #1 entertainment program. Next year, it should win, airing in the fall.

  • Survivor Fan

    Survivor: South Pacific the #13 entertainment program (counting shows only once- ex. Idol, Voice, X); Survivor: One World #21 (AGT is summer)

  • David

    Why do they still focus on Adults 18-49? I think the baby boomer generation is very different than past generations. My mother spends a lot more money than I do and she isn’t loyal to products at all. I don’t think it’s necessary to focus on 18-49 anymore. The baby boomers are the first generation to truly be raised on mass marketing and can be fools at any age. It’s old thinking to focus only on the young.

  • GH

    If these numbers mean anything, why are repeats not on the weekly +7 list. Also, it is always stated on here that the +7 numbers mean nothing. Nothing against TVBTN, they don’t create the list, but when someone creates a list like this that does not compare like to like, the list is simply invalid statistically and I think the advertisers are smart enough not to be influenced by it. The same applies to FOX winning the overall season when they do not run 10 pm shows.

  • Ultima

    @SurvivorFan
    The Voice made up a lot of ground on Idol for the #1 entertainment program. Next year, it should win, airing in the fall.

    Unlikely. The Voice’s ratings are very inflated due to the Super Bowl lead-out being counted as a regular episode. Without that episode’s 17.3 counted, The Voice’s season average drops all the way down to 5.32, short of even the lower rated day of Idol.

  • Ultima

    @David
    Why do they still focus on Adults 18-49?

    Because viewers in that demographic are the hardest to reach and their scarcity drives the price.

    If the target demographic changes in the future, it’s more likely to shift to 18-34, rather than expand or shift to older viewers.

  • Jon

    @SpenB
    That TerraNova figure doesn’t count repeats, which three forth of the show below do.

    @j
    Modern Family probably would have done even more better than Big Bang Theory if it didn’t have two more repeats than Big Bang Theory

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