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The Office: Season Nine Ratings

The Office on NBC ratingsAll good things come to an end and it seems that The Office’s best ratings are behind it. Now that NBC has decided to end the TV series, will viewers return to say goodbye and see the ratings rally? We shall see.

The ninth season of The Office typically airs Thursday nights at 9pm on the NBC network. There are 22 episodes.

This season, the cast includes Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Catherine Tate, Craig Robinson, Creed Bratton, Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Kate Flannery, Leslie David Baker, Oscar Nuñez, Paul Lieberstein, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, and Zach Woods.

These are the TV show’s latest ratings for the 2012-13 season, ordinarily the best way to tell if The Office would be cancelled or renewed.

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

Final season averages: 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.09 million total viewers.

Episodes 09-24 & 09-25: Thursday, 05/16/13
3.0 in the demo (+30% change) with 5.69 million (+25% change).
Season averages: 2.04 in the demo with 4.09 million.

Thursday, 05/16/13 (retrospective)
2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.43 million total viewers.

Episodes 09-22 & 09-23: Thursday, 05/09/13
2.3 in the demo (+28% change) with 4.56 million (+30% change).
Season averages: 2.04 in the demo with 4.09 million.

Episode 09-21: Thursday, 05/02/13
1.8 in the demo (+6% change) with 3.51 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 2.02 in the demo with 4.04 million.

Episode 09-20: Thursday, 04/25/13
1.7 in the demo (-11% change) with 3.25 million (-15% change).
Season averages: 2.03 in the demo with 4.07 million.

Episode 09-19: Thursday, 04/11/13
1.9 in the demo (+6% change) with 3.83 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 2.05 in the demo with 4.11 million.

Episode 09-18: Thursday, 04/04/13
1.8 in the demo (-5% change) with 3.44 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.06 in the demo with 4.13 million.

Episode 09-17: Thursday, 03/14/13
1.9 in the demo (-5% change) with 3.54 million (-13% change).
Season averages: 2.07 in the demo with 4.17 million.

Episode 09-16: Thursday, 02/14/13
2.0 in the demo (-5% change) with 4.06 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 2.08 in the demo with 4.20 million.

Episode 09-15: Thursday, 02/07/13
2.1 in the demo (+11% change) with 4.15 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 2.09 in the demo with 4.22 million.

Episode 09-14: Thursday, 01/31/13
1.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 3.97 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 2.09 in the demo with 4.23 million.

Episode 09-13: Thursday, 01/31/13
2.1 in the demo (+5% change) with 4.45 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 2.10 in the demo with 4.25 million.

Episode 09-12: Thursday, 01/24/13
2.0 in the demo (-5% change) with 4.19 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 2.10 in the demo with 4.23 million.

Episode 09-11: Thursday, 01/17/13
2.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 4.15 million (-9% change).
Season averages: 2.11 in the demo with 4.23 million.

Episode 09-10: Thursday, 01/10/13
2.2 in the demo (+5% change) with 4.54 million (+9% change).
Season averages: 2.11 in the demo with 4.24 million.

NBC TV show ratingsEpisode 09-09: Thursday, 12/06/12
2.1 in the demo (+11% change) with 4.16 million (+7% change).
Season averages: 2.10 in the demo with 4.21 million.

Episode 09-08: Thursday, 11/29/12
1.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 3.88 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 2.10 in the demo with 4.21 million.

Episode 09-07: Thursday, 11/15/12
2.0 in the demo (-13% change) with 4.16 million (-14% change).
Season averages: 2.13 in the demo with 4.26 million.

Episode 09-06: Thursday, 11/08/12
2.4 in the demo (+26% change) with 4.83 million (+21% change).
Season averages: 2.13 in the demo with 4.28 million.

Episode 09-05: Thursday, 10/25/12
1.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 4.00 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 2.08 in the demo with 4.17 million.

Episode 09-04: Thursday, 10/18/12
2.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 4.28 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.13 in the demo with 4.21 million.

Episode 09-03: Thursday, 10/04/12
2.2 in the demo (+5% change) with 4.14 million (0% change).
Season averages: 2.13 in the demo with 4.18 million.

Episode 09-02: Thursday, 09/27/12
2.1 in the demo (0% change) with 4.13 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 2.10 in the demo with 4.21 million.

Episode 09-01: Thursday, 09/20/12
2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.28 million total viewers.
Season averages: 2.10 in the demo with 4.28 million.

It wasn’t a positive start to the final season. Compared to last season’s opener, The Office was down by a whopping 46% in the demo (vs a 3.9 rating) and down by 44% in viewership (vs 7.64 million). This sitcom was the network’s top scripted show but it seems those days are certainly gone.


Reference point: The eighth season averaged a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.39 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 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 still like The Office TV series? Do you think it should be ending or would you like to see season 10 instead?

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Juan Valhaydez May 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Just watched episode on 5/2/13. Shocked at how bad it was. Simply awful. Has the writing staff changed? Brief synopsis: Andy decides to quit Dunder Mifflin to pursue his stage dreams. In order to burn his bridges behind him, he assaults Toby by grabbing for his “weiner”. He then insults the boss by flipping him not one, but a double middle finger salute. He then goes out and drops and pants and defecates on the hood of someone’s car. This material is so bad that the writer who came up with this stuff should be fired. Not funny. Not entertaining. Shocking. Beyond poor taste.
The writing staff must be desperate for ideas. I think the defecation scene may have been borrowed from Jim Carrey’s “Me, myself and Irene”. But other than that, I see no rhyme or reason for the extremely poor quality in writing. Just awful.
I guess when Steve Carell walked out the door we all should have given up on this show. The writing is simply horrible.

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Why Watch January 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Nothing like the early seasons. It should have ended years ago and been remembered as a great comedy, not the boring one it is now.

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Ross January 14, 2013 at 4:34 am

I’m glad this is the last season. At it’s best The Office was superb, it’s no longer anything close to that. I still watch it, mostly out of devotion to the show and partially because I want to know how it winds up. There are still laughs to be had and it certainly remains funnier than some other new shows but I’m glad this will be the final season.

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