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1600 Penn: Season One Ratings

1600 PennA White House comedy? Will 1600 Penn find ratings success (like NBC’s West Wing) or will it be cancelled quickly like Animal Practice? Time will tell.

The TV series stars Josh Gad as the goofball son of the President of the United States (Bill Pullman). Others in the cast include Jenna Elfman, Martha MacIsaac, Andre Holland, Amara Miller, and Benjamin Stockham.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if 1600 Penn will be cancelled or renewed for a second season. The show typically airs on Thursday nights.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.86 million total viewers.

Episode 01-13: Thursday, 03/28/13 (finale)
0.7 in the demo (0% change) with 1.91 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 1.11 in the demo with 2.86 million.

Episode 01-12: Thursday, 03/28/13
0.7 in the demo (-22% change) with 1.92 million (-21% change).
Season averages: 1.14 in the demo with 2.94 million.

Episode 01-11: Thursday, 03/21/13
0.9 in the demo (0% change) with 2.32 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 1.18 in the demo with 3.03 million.

Episode 01-10: Thursday, 03/21/13
0.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 2.49 million (+10% change).
Season averages: 1.21 in the demo with 3.10 million.

Episode 01-09: Thursday, 03/14/13
1.0 in the demo (+11% change) with 2.23 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 1.24 in the demo with 3.17 million.

Episode 01-08: Thursday, 03/07/13
0.9 in the demo (0% change) with 2.10 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 1.28 in the demo with 3.29 million.

Episode 01-07: Thursday, 02/28/13
0.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 2.20 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 1.33 in the demo with 3.46 million.

Episode 01-06: Thursday, 02/21/13
1.0 in the demo (-9% change) with 2.34 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 1.40 in the demo with 3.67 million.

Episode 01-05: Thursday, 02/07/13
1.1 in the demo (-15% change) with 2.60 million (-26% change).
Season averages: 1.48 in the demo with 3.93 million.

Episode 01-04: Thursday, 01/24/13
1.3 in the demo (+8% change) with 3.28 million (+7% change).
Season averages: 1.58 in the demo with 4.26 million.

Episode 01-03: Thursday, 01/17/13
1.2 in the demo (-25% change) with 3.04 million (-27% change).
Season averages: 1.67 in the demo with 4.59 million.

Episode 01-02: Thursday, 01/10/13
1.6 in the demo (-27% change) with 3.86 million (-44% change).
Season averages: 1.90 in the demo with 5.37 million.

NBC TV show ratingsEpisode 01-01: Monday, 12/17/12
2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.88 million total viewers.
Season averages: 2.20 in the demo with 6.88 million.

It wasn’t a particularly impressive start for 1600 Penn, especially since its lead-in, The Voice, drew a 4.2 demo rating with 13.4 million viewers. Many critics have noted that the later episodes are much better than the first. It remains to be seen if viewers will give the show that much time.

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 1600 Penn TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Widgets  

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{ 93 comments… read them below or add one }

Al April 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I. Love. This. Show. Just introduced it to my 3 (resistant, reluctant) teenaged sons and they HOWLED. (In a good way.)


Anonymous April 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

At First I Didn’t Like This Show, Skip Was Incredibly Annoying, But It Grew On Me As The Season Progressed, Characters Were Developed, And Story Lines Emerged. This Is Now A Show I Look Forward To!! Unfortunately For Ratings Purposes, I Also Do Not Watch This Program On The TV, Rather, I Enjoy Shows On My Phone When I Have Time To Watch Them- Usually late At Night Or In The Morning On My Day Off!


April Flagg April 14, 2013 at 10:40 am

I adore this show. With the show’s finale, NBC owes it to fans to have at least one more season. Basing anything on nightly ratings is no longer a viable way to judge the success of any show. If not for Hulu, I wouldn’t even know the shows exists. However, even though I can’t watch it on the Network, we checked each weekend to see if a new episode was added, and thoroughly enjoyed every episode. Oh, and just in case the hacks at the beginning of this stream are wondering, I don’t work for NBC, I AM a real person, and I don’t have any connections to anyone in the show. I am however tired of consistently great shows cancelled because our society is no longer in the dark ages of television. Time for Networks to get with the times. Hire someone with vision, and take another look at how you look at ratings. Times, they are a changin NBC…time for you to change with them. Please give this show a Second season. I would like to remind everyone, that MASH and Cheers…the two biggest hits in television history (back when TV was worth watching) started slow, and only concluded because everyone one the show was tired. Just food for thought,,,


Sarah April 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

We love this family show and now with the cliff hanger at the end of season one, you’ve got to bring it back. We found it by accident on Hulu. Maybe it just needs time for people to discover it.


JBAH April 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Don’t cancel!! Love the show…Skip is brilliant!


Cb April 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

I love this show it would ruin my TV show ritual. I have my set TV series that I watch and 1600 Penn is definitely on it. Why do some of the best shows get cancelled there is something wrong with that.


DC April 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I wouldn’t normally comment but I am astonished by the almost unbroken stream of positive remarks about the show.
Astonished to the point I just don’t believe they genuine remarks. This show is just utter garbage and Josh Gadd should be singled out for the awful things he has done in this show.
Cancel this abortion of a show ASAP.


Jennifer April 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm

DC, I was thinking the same thing. I used to work for ABC before I moved to cable and I saw this stuff before. Other posters have commented the belief that many of thepositive posters here are somehow linked to the show, and this happens all the time.

The thing is, comments like these have ZERO impact on the network because they know the comments are not genuine. NBC WILL cancel the show because the ratings are garbage. It does not help that viewers loathe the show, and most critics hate it.

One or two people pointed out that the show started off with bad reviews and really low ratings. Those ratings are much much worse now.


DC April 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm

That is reassuring to know Jennifer.


April 8, 2013 at 2:33 am

Please NBC don’t cancel this is an awesome show I love it and it ended on a cliff hanger I mean seriously they found out its Marshalls baby…. like seriously please don’t cancel Please thank you :)


Samiya haji April 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

One of my favorite shows! Skip is amazing!! Please don’t cancel the show!


karlyn April 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I think that 1600 penn is awesome and not all of the episodes have to be comedy some of them can be a little more heart felt. The characters have a TON of potential and some of the minor characters should be given a bigger place with some comedy. NBC should give the show a chance to get into its stride and maybe it can go far. As for the script writers they do a good job but I think that they really could be great.
I hope that 1600 penn gets another season at least and gets a chance to be a star.


bee April 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Me and my husband love this show!
I hope they don’t cancel this show :)


Leeza April 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

The show actually started off with low ratings, and has in fact lost more ground (70 percent or so) from its bad opening.

When you say “other shows are a rehash” again, you are an idiot. This show is one cliché after another.

This is my first time on this board but I have to agree with some of the older comments. It seems like you are perhaps either working on the show and are soon to be out of a job, or you know people working on the show.

I’ll chime in on something else several other people pointed out. Marigold. WTF???? This kid is so unattractive and so untalented and low energy. NBC, you need to do a better role casting the minor characters. This kid has hardly any lines and makes the show even worse when she appears or speaks. I looked at the acting credits of cast and they all have good resumes, except for the Marigold character who has no credits.


karlyn April 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

i think that maybe you should not go with the ratings that you see and look more close ly at the show


Michele April 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

At first I didn’t really like this show. I think it has to do with the facts that it ran on Thursday with a non-successful Office. I finally decided to give the show another chance and fell in love with the characters, especially the oldest sister. Please don’t cancel.


LINDA April 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm



Heidi Arndt April 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

NBC, the ratings on this are starting slow; however, perhaps a big part of the start for this is that so many people do not watch NBC anymore. (Trust me, if it wasn’t for HULU, I wouldn’t have seen half of the shows from this season!)

1600 Penn is an awesome show and they could really do so much more!

Give this show a chance and, do yourselves a favor, NBC, stop looking in the same barrels for innovative programming ideas… That is part of the problem! Many of your shows look like a rehash of either shows you already have or ones that are successful on other channels.


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