The New Normal slipped from being NBC’s third-highest rated scripted series to fourth. This wasn’t directly related to the freshman sitcom’s latest ratings however. The series hasn’t even been on the air for a couple weeks, thanks to Hurricane Sandy coverage and election night.
The Office actually moved up a spot, thanks to having a special Thursday edition of The Voice as a lead-in. That was a one-time event so it’s reasonable to expect that The Office’s numbers will go back down but it’s also the sitcom’s final season so you never know. It may be an interesting little race to see the two sitcoms duke it out for third place.
What do you think? Which do you think will end up performing better — the first season of The New Normal or the final season of The Office?
Here are the season averages as of Thursday, November 8, 2012:
|NBC scripted TV shows||18-49 demo
|Revolution||3.3 (3.26)||8.72||season 1 ratings|
|Go On||2.8 (2.77)||7.42||season 1 ratings|
|The Office (last season)||2.1 (2.13)||4.28||season 9 ratings|
|The New Normal||2.1 (2.09)||5.53||season 1 ratings|
|Law & Order: SVU||1.9 (1.87)||6.62||season 14 ratings|
|Parenthood||1.8 (1.83)||4.93||season 4 ratings|
|Chicago Fire||1.8 (1.80)||6.31||season 1 ratings|
|Parks and Recreation||1.7 (1.70)||3.43||season 5 ratings|
|Grimm||1.7 (1.69)||5.22||season 2 ratings|
|Guys with Kids||1.5 (1.45)||4.28||season 1 ratings|
|Up All Night||1.3 (1.32)||3.10||season 2 ratings|
|30 Rock (last season)||1.2 (1.24)||3.28||season 7 ratings|
|Animal Practice (cancelled)||1.2 (1.22)||4.22||season 1 ratings|
|The Voice (Fall, Mon)||4.6 (4.57)||12.54||cycle 3 ratings|
|The Voice (Fall, Tues)||4.1 (4.11)||11.44||cycle 3 ratings|
|Dateline (Fri)||1.3 (1.28)||4.51||season 22 ratings|
|Rock Center with Brian Williams||1.1 (1.08)||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.
For the status of your favorite NBC shows, check out this page.