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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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Laurie Darouse January 24, 2013 at 2:02 am

PARENTHOOD has been my #1 favorite show since it’s beginning. And every year, after the season finale, I have to look to see if they’ve been cancelled. It’s a shame. The show is great and I for one am so tired of REALITY tv. I like to get lost in a show. I’ve come to love the actors and would really be bummed losing another great show for a young 50 year old demographic that can relate to shows like Parenthood. Please don’t cancel them!!!! PLEASE……..

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dreman0222 January 24, 2013 at 1:22 am

PARENTHOOD is a great show!!! The Bravermans deal with real issues and everyday problems. It’s freshing to watch a family drama which features three generations. NBC needs to keep this show on the air!

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MMH January 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Love this show! Please do NOT cancel it!

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Starla Russell January 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm

PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL the BEST show on tv…. very interested to see what happens:)

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Emma Lyons-Macatee January 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm

This is one of the best family shows on TV these days in my opinion. I can’t deal without a fifth season! I have fallen in love with the characters, and I don’t normally connect with other shows.

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Anonymous January 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Don’t take it away. It is a family show inwhich we need more of!!!!

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Nancy Shepard January 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

My husband and I love the program Parenthood and were so sad that it was such a short season in 2013. We have looked forward to it every week that it was on since it debuted just after the last winter Olympics. Please continue Parenthood.

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Valerie January 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Love this show. Just started watching this season. I dont think people know about it.

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Ludie January 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm

please; please come back to us for another season

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Jaylyn January 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Please keep the show on!!!!

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Devon Speiser January 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

This is one of the best show I have ever watched!!!!! It really will be a shame if it gets cancels, in today’s world we need MORE shows like this on TV! It shows people what “FAMILY” should be like! PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL!!

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christina dobbs January 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I only watch two shows on TV b/c of my busy schedule & they are PARENTHOOD & DOWNTOWN ABBY…best shows on TV! Will watch Parenthood every season it comes back!!! There isn’t a thing I would change about the show Parenthood…love the actors, characters, stories, sets…even if NBC changed the time/night it falls on, I would adjust my schedule to watch.

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B. Hester January 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I had a dream last night that Parenthood was over. This is one of the best, down to earth shows I have ever watched. Please don’t take it off the air!

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jeryl rosh January 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Please do not cancel. My co worker and I love the show as it presents everyday issues. We love getting together on Wenesday mornings to discuss the show. I cannot understand why the ratings are so low.

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Sue Miles January 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Please, please do not cancel this show. It has one of the best ensemble casts on TV plus it is about a “normal” family with all the drama one sees in real families. Love it!

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