The Office Nielsen Ratings, Seasons 1-4

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Sept 19, 2006 press release (“Casino Night”)

On Thursday, from 9:18-9:59 p.m. ET, an encore telecast of “The Office” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) scored its highest 18-49 rating since June 1. “The Office” was up 28 percent in 18-49 versus its August average for encore telecasts (2.3 vs. 1.8).

Sept 6, 2006 press release (“The Dundies,” “Take Your Daughter to Work Day,” “Conflict Resolution”)

At 8:30 p.m., a rebroadcast of “The Office” delivered a 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall and at 9 p.m., another encore of “The Office” averaged a 1.5/4 and 3.4 million viewers overall. The 9:30 p.m. encore of “The Office” delivered a 1.6/4 in 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall.

Aug 29, 2006 press release (“Michael’s Birthday,” “The Secret,” “Drug Testing”)

At 8:30 p.m., a rebroadcast of “The Office” delivered a 1.8/6 in 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers overall and at 9 p.m., an encore of “The Office” averaged a 1.9/6 and 4.0 million viewers overall. The 9:30 p.m. encore of “The Office” delivered a 2.1/6 in 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall.

Aug 22, 2006 press release (“The Injury”)

At 8:30 p.m., an encore telecast of “The Office” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) scored its highest 18-49 rating since June 15, retaining 100 percent of its “Earl” lead-in. In total viewers, this was the “most-watched” episode of “The Office” so far this summer.

Aug 15, 2006 press release (“Dwight’s Speech”)

At 8:30 p.m., an encore telecast of “The Office” (1.9/6 in 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers overall) delivered the show’s highest 18-49 rating in five weeks (since July 6). “The Office” retained 100 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Earl.”

Aug 8, 2006 press release (“Valentine’s Day”)

At 8:30 p.m., an encore telecast of “The Office” averaged a 1.8/6 in 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall.

Aug 1, 2006 press release (“Boys and Girls”)

At 8:30 p.m., an encore telecast of “The Office” averaged a 1.6/6 in 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall.

July 25, 2006 press release (“The Carpet”)

At 8:30 p.m., an encore telecast of “The Office” averaged a 1.8/6 in 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall.

July 11, 2006 press release (“Drug Testing,” “Conflict Resolution,” “Casino Night”)

Encore telecasts of “The Office” averaged a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall at 8:30 p.m., a 1.8/5 in 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers overall at 9 p.m. and a 1.8/5 in 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall at 9:30 p.m.

July 5, 2006 press release (“Christmas Party,” “The Injury”)

At 8:30 p.m., an encore of “The Office” averaged a 1.4/5 in 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers overall. At 9 p.m., a second rebroadcast of “The Office” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) built on its lead-in by 29 percent in 18-49.

June 27, 2006 press release (“Office Olympics,” “Booze Cruise”)

At 8:30 p.m., an encore of “The Office” averaged a 1.8/6 in 18-49 and 4.3 million viewers overall. And at 9:30 p.m., a second encore of “The Office” averaged a 1.8/6 in 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers overall.

June 20, 2006 press release (“Email Surveillance”)

Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET, a rebroadcast of “The Office” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) tied for #1 for the half-hour in 18-49.

June 6, 2006 press release (“The Fire,” “Halloween,” “The Client,” “Performance Review”)

On Thursday, June 1, NBC ran back-to-back encore telecasts of “The Office” from 8-10 p.m. ET and generated steady 18-49 growth throughout the two-hour block. At 8 p.m., “The Office” averaged a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers overall. At 8:30 p.m., “The Office” delivered a 2.2/7 in 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers overall. At 9 p.m., “The Office” averaged a 2.4/7 in 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers overall. And at 9:30 p.m., “The Office” scored a 2.5/7 in 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall.

May 31, 2006 press release (“Sexual Harassment”)

At 9:30 p.m., a rebroadcast of “The Office” averaged a 2.2/6 in 18-49 and 4.5 million viewers overall, retaining 100 percent of its “Earl” lead-in among adults 18-49.

May 23, 2006 press release (the 2005-2006 season)

“The Office” was the fastest-growing series on television this season versus last. Having teamed up with “My Name is Earl” and shifted successfully to Thursday night, “The Office” grew by 60 percent this season in adults 18-49 (to an average 4.0 rating from a 2.5 the prior season).

May 16, 2006 press release (“Casino Night”)

…the season finale of “The Office” retained a strong 93 percent of the “Earl” lead-in among adults 18-49.

From 9:20-10:01 p.m. ET, the season finale of “The Office” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) retained 93 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Earl” and matched its highest 18-49 rating since March 30.

May 9, 2006 press release (“Conflict Resolution”)

“The Office” retained a strong 93 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “My Name is Earl,” with both series ranking a solid #2 in their time slots in 18-49 and other key measures.

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) retained 93 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Earl” to finish a solid #2 in adults 18-49 and other key measures. Since moving to Thursday on Jan. 5, “The Office” has as averaged an 89 percent retention of the “Earl” lead-in in 18-49, up from a 71 percent average on Tuesdays.

May 2, 2006 press release (“Drug Testing”)

“The Office” retained 95 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “My Name is Earl,” the second-highest “Office” retention of “Earl” to date.

“The Office” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) retained 95 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Earl” to finish #2 in adults 18-49 and other key measures. This is the second-best retention to date for “The Office” following “Earl.” Since moving to Thursday on Jan. 5, “The Office” has as averaged an 87 percent retention of the “Earl” lead-in in 18-49, up from a 71 percent average on Tuesdays.

Apr 25, 2006 press release (“The Fight”)

At 9:30 p.m., an encore telecast of “The Office” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) retained 91 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Earl” and was up 15 percent in 18-49 and 12 percent in total viewers versus the previous week’s “Office” rebroadcast.

Apr 18, 2006 press release (“The Dundies”)

On Thursday, NBC ranked #2 in adults 18-49, as an all-encore line-up of “Will & Grace,” “My Name is Earl,” “The Office” and “ER” beat all first-run competition on ABC, Fox, WB and UPN.

Apr 4, 2006 press release (“Michael’s Birthday”)

“The Office” (4.0/10 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) retained 89 percent of its 18-49 lead-in and built on its “Earl” lead-in among adults, men and women 18-34. “The Office” ranked #2 for its time period in adults 18-49. Both “My Name is Earl” and “The Office” ranked #1 in their respective time periods in the elusive demographic of men 18-34.

Mar. 28, 2006 press release (“Health Care”)

In the 9:30 p.m. ET slot Thursday night, an encore telecast of “The Office” averaged a 4.2/10 in 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers overall. Even in rebroadcast and following a first-run “Earl,” “The Office” retained 81 percent of its 18-49 lead-in.

Mar. 21, 2006 press release (“Take Your Daughter to Work Day”)

At 9:30 p.m. “The Office” (4.2/11 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) retained 93 percent of its “Earl” lead-in among adults 18-49, its second-highest retention of “Earl” to-date. Since moving to Thursdays on Jan. 5, “The Office” has averaged a 90 percent retention of “Earl” versus 71 percent earlier this season when the two comedies aired on Tuesday.

Mar. 14, 2006 press release (“Diversity Day”)

On Thursday, encore telecasts of “My Name is Earl” and “The Office” ranked #2 in adults 18-49 and other key measures versus first-run competition on Fox and ABC.

Mar 7, 2006 press release (“Dwight’s Speech”)

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” (4.4/10 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) retained 86 percent of its “Earl” lead-in. Through seven telecasts this season on Thursday, “The Office” has averaged an 88 percent retention rate following “Earl,” versus a 71 percent retention this season when the two comedies aired on Tuesday. “The Office” was #2 for the time period in adults, men and women 18-34.

Feb. 14, 2006 press release (“Valentine’s Day”)

…”The Office” retained 92 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Earl” to rank #2 in 18-49 and all other key adult and male demographics. In adults 18-34, “The Office” built on its lead-in from “Earl” for a third week in a row.

Feb 7, 2006 press release (“Boys and Girls”)

…”The Office” retained a best-ever 96 percent of its lead-in from “My Name is Earl,” ranking #2 in 18-49 in its highly competitive time period, outperforming ABC’s “Crumbs” and Fox’s “The O.C.” In its five weeks on NBC’s Thursday schedule, “The Office” has delivered its best retentions to date of its lead-in from “Earl,” averaging an 89 percent retention (vs.71 percent when the shows aired on Tuesday night).

Jan 31, 2006 press release (“The Carpet”)

…”The Office” retained a best-ever 92 percent of its lead-in from “My Name is Earl,” ranking #2 in 18-49 in its highly competitive time period. In its first four weeks on NBC’s Thursday schedule, “The Office” has delivered its four best retentions to date of its lead-in from “Earl.”

Jan 24, 2006 press release (“The Secret”)

…”The Office” retained a solid 85 percent of that lead-in and has generated its three highest retention of its “Earl” lead-in in its three telecasts thus far on Thursday night.

Jan 18, 2006 press release (“The Injury”)

“The Office” on Thursday hit a new series high rating in adults 18-49 and a regular slot high in total viewers. “The Office” was up 13 percent versus the prior week and 11 percent versus NBC’s pre-”Office” average for the time period (18-49). “The Office” was the #3-ranked half-hour comedy on television this week and ranked #15 overall out of a total 113 network programs in adults 18-49.

Jan 10, 2006 press release (“Booze Cruise”)

… “The Office” (4.5/11 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) hit a season-high 18-49 rating and delivered its best retention ever following “Earl” (87 percent). The 4.5 adult 18-49 rating scored by “The Office” is that series’ highest rating ever for a regular-slot telecast and highest overall since the initial “Office” launch with a special Thursday preview last March 24.

Dec 28, 2005 press release (“Christmas Party”)

… an encore telecast of “The Office” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) ranked #1 among adults 18-34.

Dec 13, 2005 press release (“Christmas Party”)

Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” (4.3/10 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) tied its highest regular-slot rating ever in 18-49 and delivered its largest total viewership ever for a regular time period telecast. “The Office” finished within one-tenth of a rating point of the 18-49 lead and was #1 in adults, men and women 18-34 and in all key adult male demographics.

Nov 29, 2005 press release (“Email Surveillance”)

Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” (3.8/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) exhibited its best retention so far of its “Earl” lead-in (76 percent). Over the past five weeks “The Office” has generated its five best retention rates of the season. The Nov. 22 “Office” was #1 in the time period among men 18-34 (tied with “House”).

Nov 22, 2005 press release (“Performance Review”)

Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” (3.9/9 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) delivered its best retention so far of its “Earl” lead-in (75 percent) and has generated its four best retentions of the season over its past four telecasts. “The Office” won its time period last week among men 18-34 and topped ABC’s “Commander-in-Chief” in the key demographic of adults 18-49 (3.9 vs. 3.6 in that half-hour).

Nov 15, 2005 press release (“The Client”)

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office (3.8/9 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) retained 73 percent of the “Earl” lead-in, matching its best retention so far this season and winning its time period among men 18-34.

Nov 15, 2005 press release (“The Client”)

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office (3.8/9 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) retained 73 percent of the “Earl” lead-in, matching its best retention so far this season and winning its time period among men 18-34.

Nov 8, 2005 press release (“The Fight”)

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office (3.9/9 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) retained 71 percent of the “Earl” lead-in, its second-best retention so far this season and best retention so far in competition with an original episode of “House.”

Oct 25, 2005 press release (“Halloween”)

From 9:30-10 p.m. ET Tuesday, “The Office” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) was #1 among adults, men and women 18-34 and hit its highest 18-49 rating since premiere week. “The Office” retained 73 percent of its lead-in from “Earl,” its best retention following “Earl” to-date.

Oct 18, 2005 press release (“The Fire”)

From 9:30-10 p.m. ET, “The Office” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) won its half-hour in adults 18-34.

Oct 11, 2005 press release (“Office Olympics”)

… from 9:30-10 p.m. ET, “The Office” (3.9/9 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) won its half-hour in adults 18-34.

Sept 27, 2005 press release (“The Dundies”)

At 9:30 p.m., the second-season debut of “The Office” (4.3/10 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) delivered its highest regular-slot results ever.

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131 comments

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  1. 131. Dwigt  

    I can’t tell from these numbers exactly how much more popular the show has gotten over the years. I’d like a line graph.


  2. 130. Pam Scherbatsky  

    The Office is a bit underrated in the TV world. We need more viewers!


  3. 129. Adam  

    So if I am reading this correctly, only 5.8 million people watched the office finale live? Yikes NBC


  4. 128. kate  

    I love looking at the recording numbers and thinking mine was one of those DVRs! I would die without my DVR…


  5. 127. Alison  

    Yay! Most-viewed finale! (right?)


  6. 126. Pam Scherbatsky  

    More viewers! Probably because of last week’s absurd Grey’s Anatomy. But we deserve it.


  7. 125. _bales  

    Like LovesItalianFood, I’m loving each second of the post-strike episodes too! (Awww…only two more weeks till the end of the season? Too soon!) Anyway, I think “The Office” is doing great, creatively and ratings-wise. Berman keeps listing it under “Winners”, and for good reason: it’s practically an island of high-demo performance for NBC on a tough night, in a brutal timeslot, and with practically no support or help from a lead-in (or lead-out) at all (no offense to “Scrubs” or “30 Rock”).


  8. 124. LL  

    My guess is that viewership ratings are down overall since the strike, and that the ratings for The Office were artificially inflated for the first couple of weeks because it was the *only* thing on (whereas, usually, it is not).

    Here’s hoping the ratings go back up, though!


  9. 123. g friedrichs  

    I’m of a different opinion – I don’t think the shows have been as crisp or as well written since the writer’s strike. Michael seems to be searching for his theme and the attempt at interspersed seriousness
    (Stanley stutter) undercuts the wackiness of the premise and the characters. Maybe THAT’s why viewership is off.


  10. 122. LovesItalianFood  

    I cannot say this enough….

    The post-strike episodes are AWESOME!!!!!

    Tips cap to the Office writing staff.


  11. 121. TobyFan  

    MediaWeek has an interesting bit on the ratings – comparing year over year, The Office still beat 30 Rock’s performance in the 9:00 time slot even against the new episodes of Grey’s and CSI. So even with the full point drop for The Office week over week, it’s still doing well for NBC, and especially with younger viewers.

    Link


  12. 120. the zoppity  

    I love ‘the office’ (my favorite show ever).. However, I was watching the NBA play-offs. Most of the people that I know were doing the same thing. Pretty simple explanation. Grey’s blows.


  13. 119. Pam Scherbatsky  

    Wow, that’s strange. Viewers drop. It was a strange episode, though.


  14. 118. wesley ward  

    I still will never understand why they put The Office up against Grey’s. If it was up against something else it would probably win in it’s time slot.


  15. 117. JJ  

    I bet the DVR viewer rating will be a big boost to the ratings. I wasn’t home last night to watch it, but many people who watched Grey’s were. We’ll all be watching it on the DVR.


  16. 116. dustin  

    In addition to NBA there was also NHL playoffs. It’s funny someone mentioned it being a holiday yesterday. My mail came 3 hours later than it normally would have and my brother came in and said “Is today a holiday or something?” 3 Day weekend!


  17. 115. Mike  

    Would the NBA Playoffs have anything to do with the drop in viewers?


  18. 114. Matt#2  

    The low numbers weren’t all because of CSI and Greys. In fact, both CSI and Greys had 4 million viewers less than the usually get. The Office couldn’t have lost too many viewers to these shows.

    All across the night, numbers were down. Was there some holiday I missed?

    Maybe Nielsen forgot to count a region or something…


  19. 113. Sol  

    I actually love grey’s anatomy..but i made the obvious choice in watching the office rather than grey’s…grey’s can wait =) haha


  20. 112. Danielle  

    Don’t people know, you’re supposed to watch The Office first, then watch Grey’s Anatomy so you can fast forward through the majority of commercials in the first half hour, then rewatch The Office.

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