The Office Nielsen Ratings, Season 6

All ratings data from TV by the Numbers.

Sept. 17, 2009: ‘Gossip’

Overnight ratings: 8.1 million viewers, 4.0/11 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 1st place, leading Fringe, CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, and Supernatural in rating/share 18-49.

Sept. 25, 2009: ‘The Meeting’

d Overnight ratings: 7.33 million viewers, 3.8/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place, behind season premieres of Grey’s Anatomy and CSI in rating/share 18-49.

Oct. 1, 2009: ‘The Promotion’

d Overnight ratings: 7.28 million viewers, 3.7/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy and CSI in rating/share 18-49.

Oct. 8, 2009: ‘Niagara’

u Overnight ratings: 9.10 million viewers, 4.5/12 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Oct. 15, 2009: ‘Mafia’

d Overnight ratings: 8.08 million viewers, 4.0/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Oct. 22, 2009: ‘The Lover’

u Overnight ratings: 8.52 million viewers, 4.2/11 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Oct. 29, 2009: ‘Koi Pond’

d Overnight ratings: 8.14 million viewers, 4.2/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place, behind the World Series Game 2 and Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Nov. 5, 2009: ‘Double Date’

d Overnight ratings: 7.94 million viewers, 3.9/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Nov. 12, 2009: ‘Murder’

u Overnight ratings: 8.05 million viewers, 4.2/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Nov. 19, 2009: ‘Shareholder Meeting’

d Overnight ratings: 7.43 million viewers, 3.7/9 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Dec. 3, 2009: ‘Scott’s Tots’

u Overnight ratings: 8.05 million viewers, 4.1/11 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 1st place, leading Private Practice and Fringe in rating/share 18-49.

Dec. 10, 2009: ‘Secret Santa’

u Overnight ratings: 9.24 million viewers, 4.4/12 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 1st place, leading CSI and Fringe in rating/share 18-49.

Jan. 21, 2010: ‘The Banker’

d Overnight ratings: 7.29 million viewers, 3.7/9 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Feb. 4, 2010: ‘Sabre’

u Overnight ratings: 7.36 million viewers, 3.8/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Feb. 11, 2010: ‘The Manager and the Salesman’

u Overnight ratings: 7.40 million viewers, 3.7/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place, behind CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Mar. 4, 2010: ‘The Delivery’

Part 1:
u Overnight ratings: 8.71 million viewers, 4.5/12 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 1st place, leading Grey’s Anatomy and CSI in rating/share 18-49.

Part 2:
u Overnight ratings: 9.35 million viewers, 4.9/13 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 1st place, leading Grey’s Anatomy and CSI in rating/share 18-49.

Mar. 11, 2010: ‘St. Patrick’s Day’

d Overnight ratings: 7.50 million viewers, 3.8/11 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Mar. 18, 2010: ‘New Leads’

u Overnight ratings: 7.63 million viewers, 3.6/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind NCAA Basketball March Madness in rating/share 18-49.

Mar. 25, 2010: ‘Happy Hour’

d Overnight ratings: 7.16 million viewers, 3.5/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place, behind NCAA Basketball March Madness and Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Apr. 22, 2010: ‘Secretary’s Day’

d Overnight ratings: 6.41 million viewers, 3.3/9 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 1st place, leading CSI and Private Practice in rating/share 18-49.

Apr. 29, 2010: ‘Body Language’

u Overnight ratings: 7.09 million viewers, 3.6/11 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

May 6, 2010: ‘The Cover-Up’

d Overnight ratings: 6.85 million viewers, 3.5/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

May 13, 2010: ‘The Chump’

d Overnight ratings: 6.575 million viewers, 3.4/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

May 20, 2010: ‘Whistleblower’

u Overnight ratings: 6.60 million viewers, 3.4/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place, behind Grey’s Anatomy in rating/share 18-49.

Key

u More viewers than previous episode
d Less viewers than previous episode

You can find Nielsen ratings of other seasons here.

58 comments

  1. I’m pretty happy with this result, considering that the Fringe premiere was on last night. I watched and dvr’d Office and dvr’d Fringe to watch later.

    Keep in mind, Company Picnic had less than 7 mil viewers, and the competition is tougher now. I just hope it doesn’t fall off too much next week. It’s a killer time slot.

  2. Oh no, poor P&R! And it was the best episode of that series yet! It was really really funny! Hope it can pull through in the ratings and keep up the comedy. LOVE that cast.

  3. I’m actually surprised that The Office beat out Fringe. I was sure they’d take the top spot but to be fair, maybe the time change affected them somehow.

    Man, I forgot that P&R premiered last night because all my attention was given to The Office. Guess I’ll have to watch it online now. Shame it didn’t bring in the numbers, even though you guys said it was the best episode yet.

  4. Well done. I remember the days when we were fretting being up against the likes of Grey’s Anatomy and CSI.

    Hands in, everybody. 1-2-3, what’re we gonna do?!

  5. It’s weird, because I always thought more people watched the show. I mean, almost everyone I know watches it so I just assume like half the world does too. But those are great numbers and I’m thrilled it beat out Fringe :)

  6. I think I saw this is 20% lower than last season’s premier. However, it wasn’t largely advertised that the show was returning unless you watch NBC (and not many people do). Because of this I see the ratings staying about the same if not going up slightly once people find out, and not having that large drop off after many premiers. The Office is also one of the most DVR/online-viewed shows out there. The amount of people who actually watch it, therefore, is much much higher. So, The Office isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  7. Wow, Grey’s and CSI had monster numbers, so I’m actually pretty happy with what The Office pulled in on 9/24.

    Here’s hoping we dominate the competition on 10/8!

  8. Luckily for The Office they’re pretty safe regardless of ratings at this point. Look for next week’s to spike though due to the wedding.

  9. I bet next week is huge for ratings…at least I hope. I wish that every tv had a Nielsen box so that we’d really see what people were watching instead of basing it on a small sample.

  10. Completely agree, Jonathan. Nielsen ratings are far too small of a sample size and are completely outdated in the age of On Demand, DVR, and internet viewing. Yes, us diehards will be there for the broadcast because we got it like that but I know plenty of fans of the show who are content to view it later.

  11. Bummed Grey’s still leads (who watches that show??!?!), but it’s awesome this was a season-high for The Office!

  12. I think Grey’s is in the lead because a lot of people record The Office and watch Grey’s live. So they can re-watch The Office over and over, like I do. They should keep track of how many people rewatch the shows on Tivo and DVRs. The Office would win hands down.

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