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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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Lynn January 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I really think Parenthood is one of the best shows on tv. It is so well-written, with dialogue that feels real, with situations all families struggle with. I would miss Parenthood and I hope it will be renewed again and again.

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Jessica January 15, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I love the show. I hope there is a season 5. I look forward to Tuesday nights because of parenthood.

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Amanda January 15, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Parenthood is my favorite show & I look forward to Tuesday night to unwind with a new episode each week! Love the cast & hope the show is not cancelled. Keeping my fingers crossed for Season 5!

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Judy January 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm

LOVE this show. The cast is so good and the story line faces real life family issues, happy and sad. PLEASE do not cancel this show and give us season 5.

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RuthAnn January 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

My entire family loves Parenthood. We look forward to watching it every week. We love how real life each episode is and can totally he situations. Please continue to make Parenthood for years to come. We will tell everyone we know to watch also.

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Kathy January 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I love the show! I’ve only been watching it the past two years and I’m addicted. It does a great job of incorporating real-life situations. Please, please, please don’t cancel it.

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Amanda January 15, 2013 at 8:20 am

I don’t know what I’ll do if Parenthood is cancelled. It is the only show I look forward to every week. Please keep this show going.

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Tracy January 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Please don’t cancel Parenthood. It is a great show and tells wonderful real life stories!

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Melissa January 14, 2013 at 9:19 am

I really hope that Parenthood isn’t cancelled. It is my all time favorite show and deserves to get a fifth season. The cast is amazing!

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Gaby January 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I love the show. Don’t cancel…please let there be a season 5 :)

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Judy January 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Every Tuesday night I was waiting to watch Parenthood. It is a great show! It would be terrible if it was canceled!

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JMJ January 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

This is a great show and deserves to be renewed for a 5th season! It is every bit as smart and clever as “Modern Family.”

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Steph January 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Love, love, love Parenthood. Makes me laugh and cry every week!! Do not cancel!!!

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cindy January 12, 2013 at 1:23 am

i truly love love love this show everyone on it is so perfect for their parts and raymond is a great addition please don’t cancel this wonderful show

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Brenda January 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Please don’t cancel the show it is one of the best on tv.

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