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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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Janet January 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I love parenthood. Please do not cancel it. I fell like they are my family

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Marcia January 17, 2013 at 6:18 am

PLEASE RENEW PARENTHOOD FOR A SEASON 5!!!! IT CANT END THERE! THERE IS STILL A STORY TO TELL, A FAMILIES LIFE TO FOLLOW! Please…. the only show i follow is Parenthood, i would hate to see it disappear. It would break my heart…. We need faith everyone, just have faith…. we will all hope for the best….
GO THE BRAVERMANS!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!

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ROBERTA HORN January 17, 2013 at 12:43 am

Im not normally a TV watcher…mainly because there is not much on worthy of my time, but I absolutely LOVE parenthood…would be such a shame if it is taken off…a great family drama that keeps you laughing, crying and enjoying life with the Bravermans. PLEASE KEEP IT ON!!!

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Anonymous January 17, 2013 at 12:15 am

Parenthood is a wonderful show. Please don’t cancel it. I’m disappointed to see the season finale so early. This show is a lot better than a lot of the shows that are on the air, especially all of the reality shows.

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Celia January 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Seems like every good show gets the axe. Save us from reality tv..Please don’t cancel. It is a great show.

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Lisa January 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

It would break my heart to see this show go. It’s my families favorite show and we all sit and watch together. The story lines are so relatable…and the acting is superb!! Love it!!! Please give us another season!!!

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Denise January 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Please renew, this is the best show on TV today! I DVR this show every week, do those of us that DVR shows get counted in the rating numbers? I love to watch my shows in peace when the kids are in bed asleep…

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Denise January 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I cannot tell you what a mistake it would be to take this show off the air. This show deals with issues that span all ages from elementary age thru grandparenting, dealing with life issues with love and the bond of family being at the forefront. Why can’t wholesome shows that make you fell good, make you cry and help you connect with situations in your own life that are challenging, make it in this day and age? I DVR this show every week and I am wondering if those of us who do DVR it, do we get counted in the numbers?? So many people that I know DVR all their shows in order to watch them in peace when the kids are asleep, does this affect the ratings??? If so then please reconsider. Please keep this heartwarming show on TV, I need it!!!!

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Debbie January 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

I would hate to see it cancelled. It is one of my favorite shows. Just for the record, I think Sarah and Hank should be a couple. I like Mark, but he is too young for her. Please don’t cancel it!

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Laura January 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

It’s a tough timeslot. I for one end up watching it online the next morning because I have trouble staying up that late. Maybe 9PM would be better. It’s too bad those who watch online aren’t considered part of the viewership because I think the ratings would be much higher if they saw how many people take advantage of the online episodes. I really hope it comes back. It is a phenomenal show and there’s no way that if next week was the final week that everything could be tied up in a pretty little bow. There’s too much unfinished business.

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Jen January 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

Please bring this show back!! The best show on network television!!

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Joyce January 16, 2013 at 8:18 am

Show is so real would hate to see it go. I love it

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Ann January 16, 2013 at 2:13 am

I am sick of reality TV , ugh, and reality shows that copy others. I remember when a television show would start in January and end in the spring. A season finale in January? No wonder so many shows don’t make it. No one gets a chance. If they cancel this it will be as bad as when they canceled Harry’s Law. Another show with decent ratings. People should boycot the alphabet networks.

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Maribel January 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Parenthood is an amazing show! With so many shows out there not worth watching this is one I cannot miss. Everyone I know watches it. There is no other show out there so real and helpful. It makes my cry and laugh all the time.

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Roger January 15, 2013 at 11:48 pm

This show is fantastic! If it gets cancelled, then the network needs to re-think why some other shows with no plot are still on. The acting is superb and the plot lines are excellent and deal with real-life issues. They touch on everything. Come back for another season Parenthood!! We need you!!

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