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?

Amazon.com Widgets  

257 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Laurie Darouse says

    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……..

  2. dreman0222 says

    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!

  3. Emma Lyons-Macatee says

    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.

  4. Nancy Shepard says

    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.

  5. Devon Speiser says

    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!!

  6. christina dobbs says

    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.

  7. B. Hester says

    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!

  8. jeryl rosh says

    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.

  9. Sue Miles says

    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!

Leave a Comment

Your comment may need approval from a moderator before it appears. We review comments to weed out spam, duplicate postings and personal attacks. We welcome constructive discussion.