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The Office's first season had mediocre ratings. Due to Steve Carell's hit movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin being released, and due to other factors, it gained viewers throughout Seasons Two, Three, and Four. Season Five was, so far, it's highest rated season. Season Six continues the slow gain in viewers from Season one.

Season OneEdit

The Office, which was based on the BBC series of the same name, premiered to strong ratings. However, those rating fell sharply by the second episode. Season One's finale episode, "Hot Girl," had the lowest ratings of any episode to this date. Despite of its horrible ratings, NBC renewed the series for a second season.

The Office had 11.20 million viewers and scored a 5.0/13.

The Office had 6.00 million viewers and scored a 2.7/6.

The Office had 5.80 million viewers and scored a 2.9/7 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 5.40 million viewers and scored a 2.4/6 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 5.00 million viewers and scored a 2.4/6 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 4.80 million viewers and scored a 2.3/5 in the 18-49 demo.

Season TwoEdit

The Office started to get away from the hugely popular BBC series, and began to have its own voice. It was given a 22 episode order after good ratings. Season Two was a large improvement from Season One because of Steve Carell's movie (see List of movies containing the cast of The Office) and because of a new tone and different type of humor.

The Office had 9.00 million viewers and a 4.3/10 in the 18-49 demo. It premiered after the Pilot of the other NBC show, My Name Is Earl.

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The Office had 8.3 million viewers and a 3.9/9 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.6 million viewers with a 3.7/9 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 8.00 million viewers and scored a 4.1/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.9 million viewers and scored a 3.9/9 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.5 million viewers and scored a 3.8/9 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 8.00 million viewers and scored a 3.9/9 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 8.10 million viewers and scored a 3.9/9 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 9.70 million viewers and scored a 4.3/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 8.50 million viewers and scored a 4.5/11 in the 18-49 demo.

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The Office had 8.40 million viewers and scored a 4.4/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 8.8 million viewers and scored a 4.2/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.8 million viewers and a 4.0/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.8 million viewers and scored a 3.9/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.4 million viewers and scored a 3.7/9 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.7 million viewers and scored a 3.9/10 in the 18-49 demo.

Season ThreeEdit

During Season Three, The Office continued to get away from the BBC series, however parts of the plot were used from the UK office. During this season, The Office also gained more attention, and it won an Emmy for Season Two, gaining hype. It made up part of NBC Thursday, "Must See TV" along with My Name Is Earl, 30 Rock, and Scrubs. The Office gained hit status during Season Three.

The season opener gained 9.10 million viewers and scored a 4.3/11 in the critical 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.8 million viewers and scored a 3.9/10 in the 18-49 demo.

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The Office gained 8.8 million viewers and scored a 4.2/10 in the 18-49 demo.

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The Office gained 8.4 million viewers and had a 3.9/11 in the 18-49 demo.

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The Office gained 10.10 million viewers and scored a 5.0/13 in the 18-49 demo.

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The Office gained 10.10 million viewers and scored a 5.0/13 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.8 million viewers and scored a 4.4/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 8.8 million viewers and scored a 4.4/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 8.8 million viewers and scored a 4.2/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 6.7 million viewers and scored a 3.2/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.7 million viewers and scored a 4.1/11 in the critical 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.6 million viewers and scored a 3.9/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.6 million viewers and scored a 3.2/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.2 million viewers and scored a 3.9/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office had 7.9 million viewers and scored a 3.9/12 in the 18-49 demo.

Season FourEdit

During Season Four, a writer's strike cut the amount of episodes from 30 to 19. Although there was no Christmas episode, The Office maintained the ratings gain from Season One. It once again gained praise, and also viewers after a critically acclaimed second and third seasons.


The Office gained 9.67 million viewers and scored a 5.1/12 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 8.49 million viewers and scored a 4.5/11 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 8.91 million viewers and scored a 4.7/11 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 8.50 million viewers and scored a 4.4/11 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 8.98 million viewers and scored a 4.7/11 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 8.39 million viewers and scored a 4.5/11 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 8.29 million viewers and scored a bit less at 4.3/10 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 8.86 million viewers and scored a 4.8/11 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 9.22 million viewers and scored a 4.8/12 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 9.81 million viewers and scored a 4.9/13 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 7.56 million viewers and scored a 3.9/10 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 7.67 million viewers and scored a 3.9/10 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 7.22 million viewers and scored a 3.6/9 in the 18-49 share.

The Office gained 8.07 million viewers and scored a 4.1/10 in the 18-49 share.

Season FiveEdit

After yet another high-rated season, Season 5 started the season with great ratings. It was chosen to air after the Super Bowl, and enjoyed it's highest rated season yet. It ranked top among NBC shows along with The Biggest Loser and other Thursday comedy, 30 Rock, although that was even very low rated. The Office aired with My Name Is Earl, Kath and Kim/Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock. It ended the season with okay ratings, but the season finale was the second lowest rated finale episode ever after "Hot Girl".

The Office gained 9.195 million viewers and gained a 4.9/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.998 million viewers and gained a 4.6/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.07 million viewers and scored a 4.1/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.74 million viewers and scored a 4.0/10 in the critical 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 9.32 million viewers and scored a 4.7/12 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.35 million viewers and scored a 4.2/10 share in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.18 million viewers and scored a 4.0/9 share in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.40 million viewers and scored a 4.3/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.33 million viewers and scored a 4.3/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.79 million viewers and scored a 4.8/12 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.346 million viewers and scored a 4.3/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.739 million viewers and scored a 4.6/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 22.00 million viewers (with 37.7 million viewers watching at least 6 minutes of the show) and scored a 10.6/35 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.396 million viewers and scored a 4.3/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.887 million viewers and scored a 4.6/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.627 million viewers and scored a 4.5/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.513 million viewers and scored a 4.0/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.953 million viewers and scored a 3.9/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.445 million viewers and scored a 4.3/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.20 million viewers and scored a 3.3/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.94 million viewers and scored a 3.9/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.24 million viewers and scored a 4.1/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.21 million viewers and scored a 3.7/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office garnered 7.31 million viewers and scored a 3.7/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office garnered 7.71 million viewers and scored a 3.8/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office garnered 6.72 million viewers and scored a 3.5/9 in the 18-49 demo.

Season SixEdit

Although The Office is NBC's top scripted show by far, it had trouble with the ratings for the first few episodes of the season. However, after "Niagara," a highly anticipated episode, it gained viewers. It is currently a high-rated season, and has continued the gain from Season One. It is against Fringe, CSI, and Grey's Anatomy. It once again makes up part of the critically acclaimed, "Must See TV," on Thursday along with Community, Parks and Recreation, and veteran comedy, 30 Rock.

The Office gained 8.10 million viewers and a 4.0/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.33 million viewers and scored a 3.8/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.28 million viewers and scored a 3.7/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 9.10 million viewers and scored a 4.5/12 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.08 million viewers and scored a 4.0/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office garnered 8.52 million viewers and scored a 4.2/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.14 million viewers and scored a 4.2/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.94 million viewers and scored a 3.9/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.05 million viewers and scored a 4.2/10 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 7.43 million viewers and scored a 3.7/9 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 8.05 million viewers and scored a 4.1/11 in the 18-49 demo.

The Office gained 9.24 million viewers and scored a 4.4/12 in the 18-49 demo.

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