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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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K tobaben January 8, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Parenthood NEVER disappoints! NBC, please renew for season 5. This show is for real – I hang onto every word. It serves the public well with issues such as Aspergers.

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Amy January 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Please don’t cancel the Bravermans! This is the best show on tv!

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Anonymous January 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm

This is an awesome show! Cant wait each week to watch the new episode and it’s one of the only shows on tv that can depict what actual families go through without adding drugs and cheating all the time. I never knew about this show until this season and now its one of two shows that are a must see to me. Im going to find the first 3 seasons to watch them too. I think the later time makes it harder to get high viewing but really hope thos doesn’t get cancelled. I bet anyone who watches it once is hooked!

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Greg January 9, 2013 at 12:13 am

Perfect comment. Keep the show. Great characters/actors, story lines, addicting. Can’t imagine how/why they’d pull it…with all the c*** on, this would seem to be a “franchise player” for NBC. One of the few I really look forward to (and get grumpy when rarely missed).

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Anonymous January 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I love this show! Please don’t cancel. I look forward to watching the Braverman’s every week. I’d hate to lose them now, just as things are getting interesting.

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Heidi January 7, 2013 at 8:21 am

A wonderful family show. So nice to have something positive to watch, but not unrealistic. So many shows this year dealing with “end of world”, “zombies”, etc. Nothing wrong with those, but we need balance. Please don’t cancel!

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Christine January 6, 2013 at 5:08 am

Best show!!! Love it so much! Please don’t cancel it!!! Huge huge huge fan

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Anonymous January 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Please Please Please Don’t Cancel Parenthood! Please!

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Christopher J Mahoney January 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm

BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT ,BRILLIANT, please do not cancel.

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maggie January 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

over the years, across the board, shows with any sense of justice, truth, character, compassion, mercy have been obliterated.do keep Parenthood, which shines brightly.

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Anonymous January 2, 2013 at 12:11 am

I think Parenthood is the best show on T.V. I hope it will stay on the air. It’s rare to find quality shows like this.

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Kelly January 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

I love Parenthood. It is my favorite show and I am constantly worried that it will be cancelled.

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Jon Chandler December 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Parenthood is a terrific show. Please keep it on the aire.

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Dani December 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

My fiance and I LOVE Parenthood. Please keep it going! we are expecting parents ourselves and this show offers us alot of insight!!!

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nancy December 15, 2012 at 6:24 am

Please keep Parenthood going, we love it!! i dont know anyone who doesnt like it that watches it. It’s contagiously awesome. Great acting and incredible storylines.

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lilach December 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

best and sensitive show ever

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