The Office Nielsen Ratings, Season 8

May 10, 2012: ‘Free Family Portrait Studio’

dOvernight ratings: 4.44 million viewers, 2.2/6 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind Grey’s Anatomy and Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

May 3, 2012: ‘Turf War’

uOvernight ratings: 4.44 million viewers, 2.3/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind Grey’s Anatomy and Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

April 26, 2012: ‘Fundraiser’

dFinal ratings: 4.17 million viewers, 2.1/6 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind Grey’s Anatomy and Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

April 19, 2012: ‘Angry Andy’

dOvernight ratings: 4.31 million viewers, 2.2/6 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

April 12, 2012: ‘Welcome Party’

dFinal ratings: 4.39 million viewers, 2.2/6 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 4th place behind The Big Bang Theory (r), Grey’s Anatomy, and Touch.
Source: TV By The Numbers

March 15, 2012: ‘Get The Girl’

dOvernight ratings: 4.88 million viewers, 2.3/6 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place behind Grey’s Anatomy (note: March Madness basketball also on during this time)
Source: TV By The Numbers

March 8, 2012: ‘Last Day In Florida’

uOvernight ratings: 4.97 million viewers, 2.6/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place behind Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

March 1, 2012: ‘Test The Store’

dOvernight ratings: 4.95 million viewers, 2.5/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 1st place leading reruns of Person of Interest and Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

February 23, 2012: ‘After Hours’

uFinal ratings: 5.02 million viewers, 2.6/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind Person of Interest and Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

February 16, 2012: ‘Tallahassee’

dOvernight ratings: 4.34 million viewers, 2.2/6 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind Grey’s Anatomy and Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

February 9, 2012: ‘Special Project’

dOvernight ratings: 5.16 million viewers, 2.5/6 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind Grey’s Anatomy and Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

February 2, 2012: ‘Jury Duty’

dOvernight ratings: 5.27 million viewers, 2.7/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind Grey’s Anatomy and Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

January 19, 2012: ‘Pool Party’

uFinal ratings: 6.02 million viewers, 3.0/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind Grey’s Anatomy and Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

January 12, 2012: ‘Trivia’

uFinal ratings: 5.90 million viewers, 2.9/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind Grey’s Anatomy and Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

December 8, 2011: ‘Christmas Wishes’

uOvernight ratings: 5.80 million viewers, 2.9/8 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place behind Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

December 1, 2011: ‘Mrs. California’

uOvernight ratings: 5.74 million viewers, 2.9/8 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 1st place leading Bones and CMA Country Christmas.
Source: TV By The Numbers

November 17, 2011: ‘Gettysburg’

dFinal ratings: 5.50 million viewers, 2.9/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 1st place leading Bones and Person of Interest.
Source: TV By The Numbers

November 10, 2011: ‘Pam’s Replacement’

dOvernight ratings: 5.88 million viewers, 3.0/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

November 3, 2011: ‘Doomsday’

uOvernight ratings: 6.05 million viewers, 3.1/8 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

October 27, 2011: ‘Spooked’

dFinal ratings: 5.53 million viewers, 2.9/7 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind the epic World Series Game 6 and Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

October 13, 2011: ‘Garden Party’

dOvernight ratings: 6.05 million viewers, 3.2/8 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

October 6, 2011: ‘Lotto’

dOvernight ratings: 5.71 million viewers, 3.1/8 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place behind The X Factor.
Source: TV By The Numbers

September 29, 2011: ‘The Incentive’

dOvernight ratings: 6.60 million viewers, 3.4/9 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 2nd place behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Source: TV By The Numbers

September 22, 2011: ‘The List’

Overnight ratings: 7.63 million viewers, 3.9/10 rating/share 18-49.
Placement: 3rd place behind The X Factor and Grey’s Anatomy.
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.

45 comments

  1. 7.63? That’s decent, but is it a lot to ask for this show to reach 8 or 9 million people? Only 3 episodes in S7 cracked 8 million, and this show used to command an audience of 9 million a night consistently. Hopefully the numbers stay at this level, but I can see the show being at 5-6 million for S8, unfortunately.

  2. I think that the season’s going to average around 6-6.5 million . I’m not really sure what the average is from being pulled off but hopefully it won’t get cancelled. Here’s hoping to a successful season though and I’ve got my trust that the writers give it their all to make the Office popular again.

  3. The Office is one of NBC’s highest-rated shows in the 18-49 demographic. The network would be fools not to milk it for a while longer. It’s in no danger whatsoever–what we really need is more people watching Community and Parks, stat!

  4. I still have high hopes for this season. I could see the show going for another 3 years + easily.

  5. They’re losing ~1 million viewers/week. At this rate, they’ll be down to nothing in 5 weeks! Not good. I hope the ratings can go up. Lotto was hilarious, yet has a lower rating than S1 episodes!

  6. A lot of the loss this week was due to the baseball playoffs. All shows on Thursdays were down about 10%. Blame the Yankees. They are responsible for most of the evil in the world.

  7. @C, Season 5 is when they had the SuperBowl episode. That probably changed the average quite a bit.

  8. yeah, agreeing that the ratings aren’t bad at all considering it’s season 8 and there’s no michael. also agreeing that most people need to watch more parks and rec, it’s literally the best comedy on tv right now.

  9. Being a Big Fan of Jim and Pam, I loved their story line in this episode. Bravo, writers! And Dwight — in his fantasy world — wearing an awesome costume — was great! This was an enjoyable ensemble episode — with a Season 2 tone. I suspect that hard-core Office fans are the ones watching the show now — I wish it well.

  10. The World Series did damage to all of NBC’s thursday lineup. Community, Parks, and our beloved Office all didn’t get their usual numbers. I expect it to jump back up to normal next week

  11. Spooked got the lowest A18-49 rating for a new episode of the Office since season 1! :( While I still miss Michael Scott, the show deserves better numbers than that. Hopefully viewership will pick up again next with when it doesn’t go up against baseball.

    [from tanster: confession — for the first time ever in officetally’s history, i chose not to watch the office at 9, opting to watch game 6 instead. right after the game ended, i resumed my office duties for the evening. :) ]

  12. I was flipping back and forth and felt very guilty. It’s the first time for me also not to be watching with my undivided attention.:(

    [from tanster: lol, i started pacing my living room at around 8:45. i’m like, the office, or world series, the office, or world series… i finally gave in to the game.]

  13. I wish I’d watched the Office. I’m a Rangers fan. So sticking with baseball proved absolutely heartbreaking. I don’t know that I’ll ever get that close to seeing a World Series again :(

  14. The ratings seems to continue to sag in Season 8 (e.g., 2.9 rating/7 share for the 11/18/2011 episode). I used to be a *big* fan of the show from Seasons 1-4, but don’t really watch anymore. It’s kind of sad to see The Office ending with a whimper, although hopefully I’m wrong.

  15. Just wanted to point out that “Christmas Wishes” was actually first in its time slot. The ratings have been revised!

    [ from tanster: nice, thanks! ]

  16. Any one nervous about these numbers? They have been pretty bad this year, but still the strongest of the night.

  17. Did some quick math and it looks like they’re still averaging around 6 million viewers (predicted that they’d avg 6-6.5million). Again, I’m not sure how bad a show has to drop before it gets kicked off. Anyways, after the Jury Duty rating, it became really evident that people don’t really care about the characters that much anymore. NBC had promoted the episode with Dwight potentially being a father, which is pretty significant, yet the turnout was so low. Perhaps that’s a sign that NBC should reconsider the Dwight spin off?

  18. Whoa. That’s low, but I’m not very nervous about these numbers. This is its first down night in a while. It’ll pick up again next week.

  19. Special Project has the lowest rating of any episode in almost 7 years! I love this show, but there is no denying that the quality and ratings have gone down. TO has the luxury of being on NBC, which is a basket case and a huge mess, but if it were on any other network, its prospects wouldn’t be so bright. S8 or S9 will be the last.

  20. Once again, I’m optimistic that these numbers will climb back up. I’m not worried. Don’t worry guys, this is a bit of a slip, but the show is catching on! Let’s go Season 8!

  21. Not surprised at the ratings drop. The heart of the show is gone. But luckily with the network having the issues it has TO would have to drop way lower before they put it on the chopping block. Looks like we’ll get a season 9 but do we even want one any more?

  22. The show was holding its own for much of the season and began to improve on numbers from Mrs. California up to Pool Party…now the bottom seems to be dropping out with the numbers sliding appreciably with each episode. The slide from last week to this one was abysmal!

  23. If you look at all the ratings, EVERYTHING was down on Thursday night. AI was down 14%, and TBBT was down 10%. Very odd. Let’s see what happens next week.

  24. Still low but it was a big percentage jump back up, and I expect the final ratings to push it into the 5 million viewer range again which will be better.

  25. Wow, beaten by a rerun of that terrible Big Bang Theory! :-( The Office is headed for 3+ million viewers per episode next season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the series end next year. This show has had it…

  26. So sad to see this show just keep falling each week. I don’t know if we will get a season 9 at this rate.

  27. I checked today. The numbers were altered. It was 4th place. Touch even had more viewers! Guess you really can’t kill Jack Bauer.

  28. Clearly, there is a downward trend (short term, over the past few weeks and long term over the past few seasons). This is an old show and truly it is a shame they’ve squeezed it for this much. If I were NBC, I’d announce next year as the final season and hope for some ratings boost from that.

  29. @#39

    agreed. between the new show ‘the farm,’ and repetitive plot lines i think the office is just about done. make it a great season, maybe with a steve carell appearance in the grand finale???

  30. I think average viewers are going down. Positively, we still get 2nd place or 3rd.. Is that Overall TV viewers are declining?? That’s weird!

  31. 2.3 rating and holding. Figured this would happen. Game over, folks. Much as I love the show, it has run its course and Carell’s departure took half the audience with him. Let the show end with dignity at 8 seasons.

  32. Nellie is boring, the worst part about the show. I threw my arms up when Andy offered her a job… probably won’t watch next year.

  33. I think the reason behind the decline for the season finale were the NBA Playoffs. All the Office really needs to do is keep Andy Buckley on the show and get Nellie out as soon as possible. People are threatening to stop watching if Nellie is kept on. For the viewer’s sake, it is best if she were not on anymore.

  34. Final ratings came in from Nielsen, The Office was adjusted up for free family photo-

    NBC The Office 2.3 6 4.490

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