The Good Wife, created by Robert King and Michelle King, is one of CBS’s most popular shows and one of the most successful political dramas in recent years. The show follows Alicia Florrick (played by Julianna Marguiles); Alicia is a wife and mother who returns to the field of litigation after her State’s Attorney husband is jailed for his involvement in a corruption scandal. The following is a quick guide to The Good Wife’s ratings through season 5.
Season 1 Ratings
The first season of The Good Wife premiered on September 22nd, 2009 and ended on May 25hth, 2010. The show’s ratings remained relatively steady throughout the first season run. In all, the show had an average of 13.12 million viewers per episode in its first season. It is worth noting that during the first season of the show, it aired on Tuesdays during a 10:00 PM time slot.
Season 2 Ratings
The second season of The Good Wife premiered on September 28th, 2010 and ended on May 17th, 2011. The Good Wife had a total of 23 episodes during the second season and, like the first season; the ratings remained relatively steady throughout the entire run. Each episode of The Good Wife’s second season had about 13.00 million viewers, which was slightly–but not significantly–down from the average for the first season. Like the first season, the second season of The Good Wife aired on Tuesdays during a 10:00 PM time slot.
Season 3 Ratings
The third season of the show saw a new timeslot–Sundays at 9:00 PM. The third season, which premiered on September 25th, 2011 and ended on April 29th, 2012, also saw the first noticeable dip in the ratings. Season 3 had an average of 11.83 million viewers per episode. Which included a lot more drinking.
Season 4 Ratings
The fourth season of the show premiered on September 30th, 2012 and ended on April 28th, 2013. Like the previous season, it aired on Sundays at 9:00 PM. The fourth season had an average of 10.98 million viewers per episode, which was down from the third season’s ratings.
Season 5 Ratings
The fifth season of The Good Wife premiered on September 29th, 2013 and ended on May 18th, 2014. It aired during the regular Sunday 9:00 PM time slot; this season saw an increase in ratings, with an average of 11.43 million viewers per episode. Click here to find more entertainment options.