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Parenthood: Season Four Ratings

NBC parenthood ratingsUnfortunately, Parenthood has never been a hit TV show in the ratings. Fortunately, the numbers have been good enough to keep it from being cancelled each year. Will the Braverman family’s luck hold out? Time will tell.

An ensemble family drama, the cast includes Bonnie Bedelia, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen, Joy Bryant, Lauren Graham, Mae Whitman, Max Burkholder, Miles Heizer, Monica Potter, Peter Krause, Sam Jaeger, Sarah Ramos, Savannah Paige Rae, and Tyree Brown.

Season four of Parenthood typically airs on Tuesdays nights at 10pm on the NBC network. They’ve ordered 15 episodes.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Parenthood is going to be cancelled or renewed for season five.

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

UPDATE: NBC has renewed this show for 2013-14 and has ordered 22 episodes.

Final season averages: 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.98 million total viewers.

Episode 04-15: Tuesday, 01/22/13 (season finale)
1.8 in the demo (-5% change) with 4.87 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 1.84 in the demo with 4.98 million.

Episode 04-14: Tuesday, 01/15/13
1.9 in the demo (0% change) with 4.96 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 1.84 in the demo with 4.99 million.

NBC TV show ratingsEpisode 04-13: Tuesday, 01/08/13
1.9 in the demo (+6% change) with 5.30 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 1.84 in the demo with 4.99 million.

Episode 04-12: Tuesday, 01/01/13
1.8 in the demo (-10% change) with 5.37 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 1.83 in the demo with 4.96 million.

Episode 04-11: Tuesday, 12/11/12
2.0 in the demo (+11% change) with 5.73 million (+15% change).
Season averages: 1.84 in the demo with 4.93 million.

Episode 04-10: Tuesday, 12/04/12
1.8 in the demo (0% change) with 4.98 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 4.85 million.

Episode 04-09: Tuesday, 11/27/12
1.8 in the demo (+6% change) with 4.49 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 4.83 million.

Episode 04-08: Tuesday, 11/20/12
1.7 in the demo (-11% change) with 4.62 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 1.83 in the demo with 4.88 million.

Episode 04-07: Tuesday, 11/13/12
1.9 in the demo (0% change) with 4.82 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 1.84 in the demo with 4.91 million.

Episode 04-06: Tuesday, 10/23/12
1.9 in the demo (-5% change) with 4.85 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 1.83 in the demo with 4.93 million.

Episode 04-05: Tuesday, 10/09/12
2.0 in the demo (+25% change) with 4.95 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 1.82 in the demo with 4.94 million.

Episode 04-04: Tuesday, 10/02/12
1.6 in the demo (-11% change) with 4.45 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 1.77 in the demo with 4.94 million.

Episode 04-03: Tuesday, 09/25/12
1.8 in the demo (0% change) with 4.85 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 1.83 in the demo with 5.10 million.

Episode 04-02: Tuesday, 9/18/12
1.8 in the demo (-5% change) with 4.98 million (-9% change).
Season averages: 1.85 in the demo with 5.23 million.

Episode 04-01: Tuesday, 9/11/12
1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.48 million total viewers.
Season averages: 1.90 in the demo with 5.48 million.

It wasn’t a great start of the season. Though Parenthood won its timeslot (opposite reruns), it was down year-to-year by 14% in the coveted demo (vs a 2.2 rating) and down by 13% in total viewers (vs 6.29 million). This isn’t a big surprise however since each season opener has been lower than the one before it.


Reference point: The 2011-12 season of Parenthood averaged a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.13 million viewers.

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 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 Parenthood TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season?

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Karen November 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Please don’t cancel this outstanding show! The story, writing and acting are superb. Who does Nielsen contact anyway? I have not been included in the ratings process since the 1970s when I lived in California. St Elsewhere was saved in the 1980s through viewer letters. Thirtysomething, unfortunately, was not. Parenthood fans: Let’s flood NBC with letters requesting to save Parenthood from cancellation!!!!

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Brenda November 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I love this show so much! I cry, laugh and embrace every minute of the show.

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Nan November 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

This is the best show on television. The writing and acting is superb. If only NBC or the producers would promote it more.

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Wendy October 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Best show on TV. So realistic and sensitive. Terrific cast. I vote for a definite 5th season

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Travis October 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Love this show my wife and I watch it every week keep it up don’t let it get cancelled.

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Michael Carsch October 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

This truly an outstanding show and it’s a shame more people don’t recognize it. The acting and writing is truly fantastic. The only problem that I have with it is the way NBC kills it with SO many commercials. Stop it already. We are forced to record it and fast forward past commercials!

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Donna October 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm

how can this show not be more popular! My husband and I both love this show. The acting is superb and the issues they touch on are so accurate. Please don’t cancel this show!!!

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Barry October 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

The most underrated show on.tv

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Lisa October 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

This is my favorite show. I hope it stays around for several more years. Great cast, great story lines!

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Maggie September 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

A wonderful show and amazing cast!! Hope it lasts awhile longer. One of the only wholesome shows on tv these days … Always look forward to it.

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Jairus Williams September 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

I really enjoyed watching Parenthood I hope that the show stays on the air, for nother season, and hopfully more seasons to come.

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Maya September 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I really hope they don’t cancel it. It is a wonderful show that a lot of people could relate to.

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Brian September 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I love this show. Cancelling it would be disappointing. I feel connected to the !

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Georgia September 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

Great season premiere last night! Such a wonderful show. Would NOT want it to be cancelled.

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KrahamFan1980 September 13, 2012 at 5:14 am

I will be devastated if Parenthood is cancelled. It’s the one show I looked for to every week and every season.

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