The Office Nielsen Ratings, Seasons 1-4

Season 4

Ratings data from TV by the Numbers.

Sept. 27, 2007: ‘Fun Run’

Overnight ratings: 9.67 million viewers, 5.1/12 rating/share 18-49.

Top time-shifted shows ranking: #1

Oct. 4, 2007: ‘Dunder Mifflin Infinity’

Overnight ratings: 8.49 million viewers, 4.5/11 rating/share 18-49.

Top time-shifted shows ranking: #1

Oct. 11, 2007: ‘Launch Party’

Overnight ratings: 8.91 million viewers, 4.7/11 rating/share 18-49.

Top time-shifted shows ranking: #1

Oct. 18, 2007: ‘Money’

Overnight ratings: 8.5 million viewers, 4.4/11 rating/share 18-49.

Oct. 25, 2007: ‘Local Ad’

Overnight ratings: 8.98 million viewers, 4.7/7 rating/share 18-49.

Nov. 1, 2007: ‘Branch Wars’

Overnight ratings: 8.39 million viewers, 4.5/11 rating/share 18-49.

Nov. 8, 2007: ‘Survivor Man’

Overnight ratings: 8.29 million viewers, 4.3/10 rating/share 18-49.

Nov. 15, 2007: ‘The Deposition’

Overnight ratings: 8.86 million viewers, 4.8/11 rating/share 18-49.

Apr. 10, 2008: ‘Dinner Party’

Overnight ratings: 9.22 million viewers, 4.8/12 rating/share 18-49.

Apr. 17, 2008: ‘Chair Model’

Overnight ratings: 9.81 million viewers, 4.9/13 rating/share 18-49.

Apr. 28, 2008: DVR Ratings

‘The Office’ scored the highest viewer percentage increase among DVR users for the week of April 7-13 (‘Dinner Party’).

Apr. 24, 2008: ‘Night Out’

Overnight ratings: 7.56 million viewers, 3.9/10 rating/share 18-49.

May 2, 2008: ‘Did I Stutter?’

Overnight ratings: 7.67 million viewers, 3.9/10 rating/share 18-49.

May 5, 2008: DVR Ratings

‘The Office’ scored the highest viewer percentage increase among DVR users for the week of April 14-20 (‘Chair Model’).

May 9, 2008: ‘Job Fair’

Overnight ratings: 7.22 million viewers, 3.6/9 rating/share 18-49.

May 12, 2008: DVR Ratings

‘The Office’ scored the highest viewer percentage increase among DVR users for the week of April 21-27 (‘Night Out’).

May 28, 2008: DVR Ratings

‘The Office’ scored the highest viewer percentage increase among DVR users for the week of May 5-11 (‘Job Fair’).

May 16, 2008: ‘Goodbye, Toby’

Overnight ratings: 8.07 million viewers, 4.1/10 rating/share 18-49.

June 5, 2008: DVR Ratings

‘The Office’ scored the highest viewer percentage increase among DVR users for the week of May 12-18 (‘Goodbye, Toby’).

131 comments

  1. I have one of those Neilson boxes at my house i represent many of those viewers and of course i watch the office every thursday!!!yay!

  2. I thought Neilson people had to keep quiet about having a box, oh no! We might lose a viewer! Don’t tell them where you live!!

  3. Why is Nielsen just now including on-campus college students? Silly Nielsen. What else is there to do in college?

  4. “The Office” won this highly competitive time period among adults and men 18-34.”
    Does this mean that men between 18-34 aren’t considered adults?

  5. Great to see the show doing so well.

    But they really need to come up with a new system.

    This system is outdated.

  6. I’m really happy that the show is doing so well. :)

    I’m looking forward to many seasons to come! *fingers crossed*

  7. As a young, 21, college viewer, I can say, there are quite of few of us at my school who are flat out obsessed with The Office, so rock on to that.

  8. Yes, Angelica, I think it means that “men 18 – 34” are not adults. Grammatically at least. If I were a man I might be insulted.

  9. Should be interesting to see if viewership goes down this week, what with American Idol airing their hour-long results show at 8/7c.

  10. Claudia, we’re a Nielson family as well. I like to think that I had something to do with the increases.

  11. Angelica, that line means that the office won the 18-34 adults group (which is all viewers overall), and the 18-34 men subgroup, but not the 18-34 women subgroup.

  12. what i’d REALLY be interested to know is the Nielson Ratings for the Office compared to that of My Name Is Earl.. because umm… EVERYONE that i know who watches the office? hates my name is earl.
    i hope its outrating Earl. i’d love it.

  13. Jay C, “My Name Is Ernie” (see Paul/Toby’s myspace page) almost always gets more overall viewers, but with maybe one or two exceptions, since the two shows have been paired up, The Office has always outperformed Ernie in the coveted 18-49 demo. And there was much rejoicing! (I don’t like Earl either. It only made me laugh twice)

  14. Weak Arms wrote:

    Should be interesting to see if viewership goes down this week, what with American Idol airing their hour-long results show at 8/7c.

    My guess is that the other 8/7c network shows (i.e. Ugly Betty & Survivor) share a lot more viewers with American Idol than The Office, so with Thursday Idol those shows’ ratings will go down a bunch, while The Office’s ratings won’t be affected as much. I just checked the listings for tonight and ABC pulled Ugly Betty and is instead airing a repeat of last week’s Grey’s Anatomy, presumably to avoid the Idol crush.

  15. What’s really scary is that since I turn 34 this year, I only have a short amount of time until my opinion no longer matters.

    *sigh*

  16. “EVERYONE that i know who watches the office? hates my name is earl.”

    hey now — I like Earl. It does make me laugh . . . but I have to admit that sitting through it while waiting for The Office to come on is torture sometimes. LOL.

  17. I’m one of the biggest Office fans you’ll find, and I don’t hate My Name is Earl, in fact I really like it. And I have a lot of friends who it as well… along with my family.

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