These are the NBC TV show ratings averages as of the end of week 23 of the 2012-13 season (Sunday, March 3, 2013). Ratings are typically the best way to tell if a show will be cancelled or renewed.
Week-to-week gains: Chicago Fire and Dateline (both editions).
Week-to-week losses: Go On, Law & Order: SVU, The New Normal, Community, 1600 Penn, Deception, Guys with Kids, Whitney, Smash, The Biggest Loser, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, and Rock Center with Brian Williams.
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|NBC scripted TV shows||18-49 demo
|Revolution||3.1 (3.09)||8.37||season 1 ratings|
|Go On||2.1 (2.11)||5.78||season 1 ratings|
|The Office (last season)||2.1 (2.08)||4.20||season 9 ratings|
|Chicago Fire||1.9 (1.86)||6.58||season 1 ratings|
|Parenthood||1.8 (1.84)||4.98||season 4 ratings|
|Law & Order: SVU||1.8 (1.75)||6.38||season 14 ratings|
|Grimm||1.7 (1.68)||5.21||season 2 ratings|
|The New Normal||1.7 (1.66)||4.39||season 1 ratings|
|Parks and Recreation||1.7 (1.65)||3.41||season 5 ratings|
|30 Rock (last season)||1.4 (1.37)||3.64||season 7 ratings|
|Deception||1.4 (1.35)||3.73||season 1 ratings|
|Community||1.4 (1.35)||3.14||season 4 ratings|
|1600 Penn||1.3 (1.33)||3.46||season 1 ratings|
|Guys with Kids||1.3 (1.31)||3.74||season 1 ratings|
|Whitney||1.3 (1.31)||3.84||season 2 ratings|
|Up All Night||1.2 (1.24)||3.01||season 2 ratings|
|Animal Practice (cancelled)||1.2 (1.22)||4.22||season 1 ratings|
|Smash||1.1 (1.05)||3.82||season 2 ratings|
|The Voice (Fall, Mon)||4.4 (4.35)||12.34||cycle 3 ratings|
|The Voice (Fall, Tues)||4.0 (4.01)||11.48||cycle 3 ratings|
|The Biggest Loser||2.3 (2.32)||6.09||cycle 14 ratings|
|Betty White’s Off Their Rockers||1.6 (1.57)||5.45||season 2 ratings|
|Take It All||1.5 (1.50)||4.84||season 1 ratings|
|Dateline (Fri)||1.3 (1.32)||5.18||season 22 ratings|
|Dateline (Sun)||1.3 (1.25)||5.78||season 22 ratings|
|Rock Center with Brian Williams||1.0 (1.03)||4.06||season 2 ratings|
These charts incorporate the daily final NBC show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the averages? Which show(s) do you feel should be doing better or worse, based on their quality? Comment below.