The Office Nielsen Ratings, Seasons 1-4

Friday, October 10th, 2008 | 131 comments


Aug 23, 2005 press release (“Pilot,” “Diversity Day,” “Health Care,” and “Hot Girl”)

NBC telecast four back-to-back encore episodes of “The Office” from 8-10 p.m. ET. The two-hour block ranked #2 among men 18-34 and men 18-49. From 8-8:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” delivered a 1.4/5 in 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall. From 8:30-9 p.m. ET, “The Office” averaged a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 2.9 million viewers overall. At 9 p.m. ET, “The Office” delivered a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 3.2 million viewers overall. And from 9:30-10 p.m. ET, “The Office” averaged a 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers overall.

May 24, 2005 press release (the 2004-2005 season)

Freshman comedy “The Office” was television’s most upscale comedy of the 2004-05 season, delivering the highest concentration of 18-49 viewers in upscale homes by several key measures, including adults 18-49 living in homes with incomes of $75,000+. “The Office” retained 93 percent of its lead-in from “Scrubs” in its Tuesday time period in which NBC this season previously averaged 84 percent retention with regular programs.

May 3, 2005 press release (“Hot Girl”)

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” averaged a 2.3/5 in 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers overall. Through its five weeks in this time period, “The Office” has averaged a 93 percent retention rate in 18-49, up from the 83 percent NBC has averaged this season with regular programming following “Scrubs” in this time period.

Apr 26, 2005 press release (“Basketball”)

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) retained 92 percent of its “Scrubs” lead-in in 18-49. Through four telecasts, “The Office” is averaging a 96 percent retention rate in 18-49, up from the 83 percent NBC has averaged this season with regular programming following “Scrubs” in this time period.

Apr 19, 2005 press release (“The Alliance”)

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) retained a full 100 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Scrubs” for the second week in a row. So far, “The Office” has delivered the best three retentions among the 10 telecasts this season for regular programming in this post-”Scrubs” time period. Through three weeks, “The Office” is averaging a 96 percent retention rate in 18-49, up from the 83 percent NBC has averaged this season with regular programming following “Scrubs” in this time period.

Apr 12, 2005 press release (“Health Care”)

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “The Office” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) retained 100 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Scrubs,” marking the first time in nine telecasts this season with regular programming that NBC retained the full lead-in in this post-”Scrubs” time period. The previous best retention came the previous week, when “The Office” held onto 90 percent of the “Scrubs” lead-in. “The Office” was up 7 percent in adults 18-49 versus the previous Tuesday’s night-and-time-period premiere, to generate NBC’s highest rating in this slot in nine weeks (since Feb. 1).

Apr 5, 2005 press release (“Diversity Day”)

At 9:30 p.m. ET, the regular night-and-time-period premiere of “The Office” (2.7/6 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) retained a solid 90 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Scrubs.” That 90 percent retention rate tops the results of all eight telecasts of regular programming in this post-”Scrubs” time period this season. “The Office” delivered NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the time period since Feb. 1.

Mar 25, 2005 press release (“Pilot”)

In last night’s preview telecast, “The Office” from 9:30-10 p.m. ET scored a 5.0 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49 and attracted 11.2 million total viewers from 9:30-9:59 p.m. ET. “The Office” ranked #1 in the key demographic of adults 18-49, as well as among adults 18-34 and adults 25-54, outperforming all five network competitors in the time period, including CBS’ coverage of NCAA basketball and Fox’s debuting comedy “Life on a Stick.”

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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.


  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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