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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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Glenna & Duane January 29, 2013 at 12:28 am

The ONLY series we watch consistently. It is well cast & written.The show is brims with comedy & drama. We look forward to it and do hope it is not cancelled!

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susan drakeford January 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Pleaseeeee Please Please renew this show!

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GOLDIE January 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Please do not cancel this show! We can not stand another reality show!!! This show has some of the best writers and actors on television. We seldom stay up that late but make an acception. I JUST DON’T THINK PEOPLE REALIZE HOW GREAT THIS SHOW IS.It’s so informative and so touching.

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Kjersten January 28, 2013 at 1:09 am

I love Parenthood! Please renew this show. I look forward to it every week.

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Susan January 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

We LOVE this show. Please do not cancel this wonderful show! No violence and real everyday issues and stories. Please Renew!!!

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pam January 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Love parenthood my husband, son and his two girls watch it every week we record it and watch on the weekends pleasuring cancel

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Lew Sudul January 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I greatly enjoy watching Parenthood each week along with my wife. It is, in our opinion, the best show on television. We urge NBC to renew Parenthood for another yeat.

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Bev January 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Please renew Parenthood! It is one of the best shows on T.V.right now.The fact that a
whole family can sit and watch it together and have a discussion afterward should speak
volumes!The situations are very real and the Bravermans could be anyone of our families.There are moments that touch us deeply,make us laugh,and totally bring out
the protective side in us.The actors are truly amazing and do more than their job to
bring each episode to life.Kudos to the wonderful writers for their terrific believable
storylines.I am a Canadian and I faithfully watch this show each week,along with many
of my friends.Please don’t let it go the cancellation route.It’s too good to lose!

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Cat January 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

I LOVE Parenthood! Please don’t cancel!! This is the one show I look forward to every week.

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Lin D January 26, 2013 at 12:59 am

Please don’t cancel this show. I agree with the other posts…it is the only family show that talks about real issues. This season was so powerful in so many ways. I think I cried every episode!! Love Parenthood!

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Lauri January 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

Love this show. Please keep it going, I can’t go on without it

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Sandi January 25, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I love this show! It is wonderful! My son and daughters and their families all watch it! We all enjoy it soooo much! We are looking forward to Season Five!!!! Please make it happen!

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tara January 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Love this show!!! I watch it with my boyfriend every week. We laugh and cry :) its the best

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Carol Thibodeau January 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Please do not cancel this wonderful family show. This is the only show that has real life stories with no violence. Right now, there are so many series that have lots and lots of violence, what does this do to the kids growing up today. The networks would rather have all of these violent shows. Parenthood is such a down to earth show. I look forward to watch it every week.

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jill January 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

LOVE this show. such fine acting. there’s nothing like it on TV. this show is a winner.
This show should be renewed.

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