The Office Nielsen Ratings, Season 5

May 14, 2009: ‘Company Picnic’

dOvernight ratings: 6.72 million viewers, 3.5/9 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: The Office was 2nd place in this timeslot in rating/share 18-49, behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Past ratings after the jump.

May 7, 2009: ‘Cafe Disco’

uOvernight ratings: 7.71 million viewers, 3.8/11 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: The Office was 2nd place in this timeslot in rating/share 18-49, behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Apr. 30, 2009: ‘Casual Friday’

uOvernight ratings: 7.31 million viewers, 3.7/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: The Office was 2nd place in this timeslot in rating/share 18-49, behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Apr. 23, 2009: ‘Broke’

dOvernight ratings: 7.21 million viewers, 3.7/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: The Office was 2nd place in this timeslot in rating/share 18-49, behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Apr. 16, 2009: ‘Heavy Competition’

uOvernight ratings: 8.24 million viewers, 4.1/11 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: The Office was 1st place in this timeslot in rating/share 18-49!
Source: TV By The Numbers

Apr. 9, 2009: ‘The Michael Scott Paper Company’

uOvernight ratings: 7.94 million viewers, 3.9/11 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: The Office was 1st place in this timeslot in rating/share 18-49!
Source: TV By The Numbers

Apr. 9, 2009: ‘Dream Team’

dOvernight ratings: 7.20 million viewers, 3.3/11 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: The Office was 2nd place in this timeslot in rating/share 18-49, behind Survivor
Source: TV By The Numbers

Mar. 26, 2009: ‘Two Weeks’

uOvernight ratings: 8.445 million viewers, 4.3/11 rating/share 18-49.
Competition: Grey’s Anatomy, Hell’s Kitchen, NCAA Basketball
Source: TV By The Numbers

Mar. 19, 2009: ‘New Boss’

uOvernight ratings: 7.953 million viewers, 3.9/10 rating/share 18-49.
Competition: Grey’s Anatomy, NCAA Basketball
Source: TV By The Numbers

Mar. 12, 2009: ‘Golden Ticket’

dOvernight ratings: 7.513 million viewers, 4.0/10 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Mar. 5, 2009: ‘Blood Drive’

dOvernight ratings: 8.627 million viewers, 4.5/11 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Feb. 12, 2009: ‘Lecture Circuit Pt. 2’

uOvernight ratings: 8.887 million viewers, 4.6/11 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Feb. 5, 2009: ‘Lecture Circuit Pt. 1’

dOvernight ratings: 8.396 million viewers, 4.3/11 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Feb. 1, 2009: ‘Stress Relief’

From press release:

Last night, the special one-hour telecast of “The Office,” which aired following NBC Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XLIII, set new ratings records for the award-winning comedy, according to time zone-adjusted “fast national” “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Sunday from 10:40-11:40 p.m. ET, “The Office” averaged a 10.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 22.0 million viewers overall. This marks a new series record for “The Office” and the highest 18-49 rating and biggest overall viewership for any NBC entertainment telecast in more than four and a half years (since the May 13, 2004 telecast of “ER”).

An estimated 37.7 million persons watched all or part of Sunday’s telecast of “The Office” (six minutes or more).

Yowsah!

Jan. 22, 2009: ‘Prince Family Paper’

uOvernight ratings: 8.739 million viewers, 4.6/11 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Jan. 15, 2009: ‘The Duel’

dOvernight ratings: 8.346 million viewers, 4.3/10 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Dec. 11, 2008: ‘Moroccan Christmas’

uOvernight ratings: 8.79 million viewers, 4.8/12 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Dec. 4, 2008: ‘The Surplus’

dOvernight ratings: 8.33 million viewers, 4.3/11 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Nov. 20, 2008: ‘Frame Toby’

uOvernight ratings: 8.4 million viewers, 4.3/10 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Nov. 13, 2008: ‘Business Trip’

dOvernight ratings: 8.18 million viewers, 4.0/9 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Nov. 6, 2008: ‘Customer Survey’

dOvernight ratings: 8.35 million viewers, 4.2/10 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Oct. 30, 2008: ‘Employee Transfer’

uOvernight ratings: 9.32 million viewers, 4.7/12 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Oct. 23, 2008: ‘Crime Aid’

dOvernight ratings: 7.74 million viewers, 4.0/10 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Oct. 16, 2008: ‘Baby Shower’

dOvernight ratings: 8.07 million viewers, 4.1/10 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Oct. 9, 2008: ‘Business Ethics’

dOvernight ratings: 8.998 million viewers, 4.6/11 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Sept. 25, 2008: ‘Weight Loss’

Overnight ratings: 9.195 million viewers, 4.9/11 rating/share 18-49.
Source: TV By The Numbers

Key

uMore viewers than previous episode
dLess viewers than previous episode

You can find Nielsen ratings of other seasons here.

87 comments

  1. What is going on with all the TV ratings this season? It’s like all the popular shows are losing viewers.

    Oh well, at least TO still was solid in the demos.

  2. I think other things factor into the ratings going down. The Office still goes #1 on iTunes everytime a new episode is released.

  3. while i am certainly not running for the hills, it can’t be good that the show is losing a good chunk of viewers each episode. hopefully this doesn’t continue.

  4. I think last night’s ratings were down a little due to the World Series. Numbers should be back to normal (8-8.5 million total viewers, 4.3-4.5 rating share 18-49) after baseball is over.

  5. What is going on with all the TV ratings this season? It’s like all the popular shows are losing viewers.

    Oh well, at least TO still was solid in the demos

    The writer’s strike from last year is affecting the ratings this year… a lot of people have “forgotten” some shows so the ratings decline, plus more people are using new media (i.e. itunes, hulu, nbc.com, tivo) to watch the episodes than ever before

  6. The Office seems to be doing okay when its lead-in, the awful “Kath & Kim”, loses a bunch of viewers from the already weak “Earl”. I’m guessing that as soon as “K&K” gets the boot, they may start filling in with re-runs of the Office at 8:30 or hopefully more super-sized new episodes. I’d actually love for NBC to show previous seasons of 30 Rock in that spot but the management at NBC isn’t making very many good decisions this season. “Knight Rider” renewed?

  7. Yes the World Series isn’t helpful, but at least there are not 2 really big teams this year. Also Kath and Kim is not a good lead in. That show is doing terrible in the ratings.

  8. I agree with a previous comment: iTunes and Hulu are HUGE hits with the fans. Also, Netflix now has something called Roku. Roku is where you basically get movies instantly via the Internet and it plays on your television with a little black box that is hooked up and connected to wireless Internet. I know that many Office fans watch seasons 1-4 on there (myself included!!) almost on a daily basis. I supplement my Office fix with watching Season 5 episodes on the NBC site and sometimes Hulu.

  9. When DVR, online streaming, episode downloads and other ways to watch The Office are taken into account, the show gains millions of viewers. And because Office viewers are for the most part younger viewers, they are shifting towards these alternative ways to watch television. Take me for instance. I’ve watched every episode of the series, yet have not seen a single episode on broadcast television since season two.

  10. I also want to say that I do watch every episode on Thursday night, but I am on Hulu.com watching a replay of the episode at least twice during the week. Hulu is so great, would have never found Arrested Development.

  11. There was an article in the New York Times blog TV Decoder on Oct. 17th about this. It said that NBC is trying to determine how many people are watching its shows each week by adding the number of people who are watching it on tv, on demand, online, etc and that it’s really difficult to get an accurate number. It did say that The Office is one of the most watched online shows!

  12. Yeah, I’m like Eric. I haven’t watched C.S.I. for years but I’m tuning in for the last of William Petersen’s episodes. Since Supernatural will never go down my season pass list from #1, TO gets watched the next day on hulu. I would think NBC probably likes hulu and itunes numbers because it’s very easy to see how many people have watched/downloaded the show, even hour by hour!

  13. Wow, that was a nice upturn! highest numbers of the season? what gives? were other shows on reruns or something? was everyone watching because 30 rock was on afterwards?

  14. No World Series, and 30 Rock back had to help, which is always a good thing, since Kath and Kim is not helping with a lead in audience.

  15. The numbers will come back up. AS stated earlier, the baseball playoffs hurt a little and the election may take a few people to news channels. Last night’s episode got nice ratings and now we go into “sweeps” month, which should bring more viewers back. The trend in tv is less people are watching. More people record shows to watch later. I am sure the office is one of the safer shows.

  16. It’s good to see the numbers that high again. i am going to blame the MLB Playoffs on their rating slipping the past 3 weeks. It doesn’t matter The Office is still the BEST show on TV.

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