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Despite the last 10 episodes of this season of Castle earning a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating or higher, the ratings average for all 23 episodes that have aired to date, sits at just 2.04.
It's a similar deal with Castle's audience numbers this season, with the average sitting at 10.18 million viewers per episode. All of the last 8 episodes have equaled or bettered that audience level
The ratings for Castle this season have sat between 1.7 and 2.3 - with the episode that earned that sole 1.7 being 'Secret Santa' - Castle's first ever Christmas episode. No other episode this season has earned a 1.7 rating, and just one episode has come away with a 1.8 rating.
That leaves the remaining 21 episodes this season sitting between a 1.9 and 2.3 rating - a 0.4 point difference, which shows that despite ratings not being as high as previous seasons, they are very consistent. For comparison, season 4 of Castle saw ratings fluctuate between a 3.2 in the premiere 'Rise' and a 2.0 - a 1.2 point fluctuation.
Looking at Live+7 ratings gains for a minute. Castle has seen its season average L+SD ratings rise from 2.04, to 3.05 this season - a gain of 49.5%. Season average audiences have grown from 10.18 million viewers, to 13.691 million viewers - a gain of 16.7%. Bear in mind that this data is three weeks behind the current Live+SD data, and when another weeks worth of Live+7 data is released tomorrow, these averages will change again
You can see the full statistics for season 4 of Castle here, and season 5 here
Now for the poll question, and it's pretty simple: Will Castle's finale earn a 2.3 or above rating, or 2.2 or below rating?
Bear in mind that 2.3 is the current ratings season high, and that the last 2 episodes have both earned 2.0 ratings.
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