The New Normal: Season One Ratings

the new normal TV show ratingsBefore it even premiered, The New Normal was “cancelled” by an affiliate station in Utah. NBC is hoping that some of the “controversy” surrounding this show will draw big ratings week after week.

Revolving around a gay couple and their surrogate, The New Normal features the talents of Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, Ellen Barkin, NeNe Leakes, Bebe Wood, and Jayson Blair.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if The New Normal is going to be cancelled or renewed for a second season. The show typically airs on Tuesday nights and NBC has ordered 13 22 episodes.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

UPDATE: NBC has cancelled this show and won’t be bringing it back next season.

Final season averages: 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.10 million total viewers.

Episode 01-22: Tuesday, 04/02/13 (series or season finale?)
1.4 in the demo (-18% change) with 3.39 million (-24% change).
Season averages: 1.55 in the demo with 4.10 million.

Episode 01-21: Tuesday, 04/02/13
1.7 in the demo (+31% change) with 4.46 million (+34% change).
Season averages: 1.56 in the demo with 4.14 million.

Episode 01-20: Tuesday, 03/26/13
1.3 in the demo (+86% change) with 3.32 million (+57% change).
Season averages: 1.55 in the demo with 4.12 million.

Episode 01-19: Tuesday, 03/19/13
0.7 in the demo (-22% change) with 2.11 million (-14% change).
Season averages: 1.57 in the demo with 4.16 million.

Episode 01-18: Tuesday, 03/05/13
0.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 2.44 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 1.62 in the demo with 4.28 million.

Episode 01-17: Tuesday, 02/26/13
1.0 in the demo (+11% change) with 2.62 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 1.66 in the demo with 4.39 million.

Episode 01-16: Tuesday, 02/19/13
0.9 in the demo (-18% change) with 2.80 million (-9% change).
Season averages: 1.70 in the demo with 4.50 million.

Episode 01-15: Tuesday, 01/29/13
1.1 in the demo (-8% change) with 3.08 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 1.75 in the demo with 4.61 million.

Episode 01-14: Tuesday, 01/22/13
1.2 in the demo (-14% change) with 3.28 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 1.80 in the demo with 4.72 million.

Episode 01-13: Tuesday, 01/15/13
1.4 in the demo (+8% change) with 3.33 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 1.85 in the demo with 4.83 million.

NBC TV show ratingsEpisode 01-12: Tuesday, 01/08/13
1.3 in the demo (-24% change) with 3.23 million (-29% change).
Season averages: 1.88 in the demo with 4.96 million.

Episode 01-11: Tuesday, 12/04/12
1.7 in the demo (0% change) with 4.55 million (+13% change).
Season averages: 1.94 in the demo with 5.11 million.

Episode 01-10: Tuesday, 11/27/12
1.7 in the demo (+13% change) with 4.04 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 1.96 in the demo with 5.17 million.

Episode 01-09: Tuesday, 11/20/12
1.5 in the demo (-17% change) with 4.29 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 1.99 in the demo with 5.29 million.

Episode 01-08: Tuesday, 11/13/12
1.8 in the demo (+6% change) with 4.66 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 2.05 in the demo with 5.42 million.

Episode 01-07: Tuesday, 10/23/12
1.7 in the demo (-15% change) with 4.33 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 2.09 in the demo with 5.53 million.

Episode 01-06: Tuesday, 10/09/12
2.0 in the demo (+18% change) with 4.86 million. (+8% change).
Season averages: 2.15 in the demo with 5.73 million.

Episode 01-05: Tuesday, 10/02/12
1.7 in the demo (-15% change) with 4.50 million (-12% change).
Season averages: 2.18 in the demo with 5.90 million.

UPDATE: NBC has given The New Normal a full season pick up.

Episode 01-04: Tuesday, 09/25/12
2.0 in the demo (-9% change) with 5.09 million (-16% change).
Season averages: 2.30 in the demo with 6.25 million.

Episode 01-03: Tuesday, 09/18/12
2.2 in the demo (-12% change) with 6.08 million (-13% change).
Season averages: 2.40 in the demo with 6.64 million.

Episode 01-02: Tuesday, 09/11/12
2.5 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 6.96 million (+1% change)
Season averages: 2.50 in the demo with 6.92 million.

Episode 01-01: Monday, 09/10/12
2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.88 million total viewers.
Season averages: 2.50 in the demo with 6.88 million.

The “special preview” of The New Normal had an okay start in the ratings. It won its timeslot but lost 40% of its lead-in audience. The numbers may have been negatively impacted by the fact that NBC released the pilot online weeks ago and they added this preview to the schedule just last week. Those who read TV Guide were expecting to see a new episode of Grimm.

On the plus side, NBC was up by 56% when compared to the 2011 timeslot occupant, the Miss Universe Pageant. Ultimately, the sitcom’s fate will become more clear as the weeks progress. The only thing we know right now is that it’s not a big hit or a big flop right out of the gate.


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 on 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 New Normal TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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108 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Anonymous says

    Please do not cancel “The New Normal” it’s the best show out right now.
    It show show real life problems in the gay community,

  2. Sharona says

    Please do not cancel this show…..I love all of the cast and want to see how Nene changes as a new Mother herself. ( Hope not too much, as I laugh so hard at some of her comments) If only some brave network could have had this vision and you know what….to allow a show like this with such a great cast and writers to air maybe ten years ago. Don’t laugh, but this reminds me of a reverse Archie Bunker in some ways.
    In a much better and realistic way but still leaving room for us to laugh and tell others what a great show this is.

  3. Anonymous says

    This is one of the best shows on television. My husband and I, both in our 60’s, really enjoy everything about the show. As parents of a gay son, we appreciate the realistic and normal portrayal of gay men. It is humorous, has excellent writing, always has a redeeming message, oustanding sensitivity and presents a vision of the changes that society is making and needs to continue to make. It is a show that all humans who love family and friends can relate to. Please don’t cancel a show of such high caliber and intelligence for another reality show or dumbed down, stupid, comedy.

  4. moviekid says

    This show is SO important- it’s so great, warm, and original- there’s nothing out there like this. It’s like a slice of my life. I really appreciate seeing a gay relationship play out normally, not as a sidekick. I really hope this show stays around.

  5. Barb says

    I will be very upset if you cancel this show. It’s funny and uplifting…different..I’m so tired of NBC cancelling shows…they don’t give them a chance! Everyone I speak with loves this show…doesn’t make sense to cancel it.

  6. Munf says

    David from this show is one of my inspirations for working towards a better future. Every week, this show fills me with absolute joy. As a gay student in college, I look to this show for a glimpse into what life could be like for me after medical school. The show is absolutely hilarious and inspirational, and I sincerely hope it gets renewed for another season!

  7. michele slousky says

    I absoluetly love this show. I didn’t care for Nene prior to this but love her on this show. Please, please bring it back! Love Justin Bartha and Andrew, and John Stamos as guest star. This beats any other comedy on TV – including Modern Family – great writing. I love the “bluntness” and topics they talk about. VERY FUNNY!

  8. Anonymous says

    Started out funny but the premise was very thin and has outlived its usefulness. Little Miss sunshine copycat is super annoying and nothing interesting ever happens. Go back to “Book of Mormon”, I would love to see you in that!

  9. says

    i dont like the show because of nene, has anybody seen how she has acted on the atlantic housewife in the past , like a animal, she doesnt belong in this show

    • rubanant says

      Nene is a ‘mean’ girl. She thrives on other peoples misfortune. I don’t watch Glee or any other show she is on because of her behavior. Brave, get rid of her.

  10. Be says

    YES!! We So need the New Normal. Great cast, fabulous writing, important issues. PLEASE!! This gives me reason to turn on the TV on Tuesday nights.

  11. Amanda says

    I love this show. I have really grown to love the characters. Shania is hilarious. I will be very disappointed if the show gets canned. I watch a lot of series and this one is one of my favorites because it is lighthearted and modern.

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