Below are the NBC TV show ratings averages as of Sunday, January 27, 2013; the end of week 18 of the 2012-13 season. Ratings are typically the best way to tell if a show will be cancelled or renewed.
Week-to-week gains: Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.
Week-to-week losses: Go On, The Office, Parenthood, Deception, 1600 Penn, The Biggest Loser, Dateline, 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||2.3 (2.33)||6.31||season 1 ratings|
|The Office (last season)||2.1 (2.10)||4.23||season 9 ratings|
|The New Normal||1.9 (1.85)||4.83||season 1 ratings|
|Parenthood||1.8 (1.84)||4.98||season 4 ratings|
|Law & Order: SVU||1.8 (1.83)||6.63||season 14 ratings|
|Chicago Fire||1.8 (1.82)||6.52||season 1 ratings|
|Grimm||1.7 (1.68)||5.21||season 2 ratings|
|Parks and Recreation||1.7 (1.67)||3.47||season 5 ratings|
|Deception||1.6 (1.63)||4.47||season 1 ratings|
|1600 Penn||1.6 (1.58)||4.26||season 1 ratings|
|Guys with Kids||1.4 (1.41)||4.09||season 1 ratings|
|Whitney||1.4 (1.40)||4.15||season 2 ratings|
|30 Rock (last season)||1.3 (1.27)||3.42||season 7 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|
|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||2.6 (2.55)||6.45||cycle 14 ratings|
|Betty White’s Off Their Rockers||1.7 (1.70)||5.83||season 2 ratings|
|Take It All||1.5 (1.50)||4.84||season 1 ratings|
|Dateline (Fri)||1.3 (1.32)||4.93||season 22 ratings|
|Rock Center with Brian Williams||1.0 (1.03)||3.90||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.