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This post is mostly a rebuttle to some of the comments on the post “Smash season 2 premieres to 71% smaller audience than last year.”

Let me start by saying this is urgent. Smash is a good show. Season 1 was a great ride. With a bit of re-tooling, the show picked up a lot that it lacked. It turned into a show where I really want to see what happens next. But in a few weeks, there may be no hope for that.

Smash premiered on Tuesday to a final rating of 1.2/3 (the only number that really matters to network TV stations). In comparison, Pretty Little Liars‘ Tuesday episode also pulled a 1.2 and the highest rated CW show(s) (Arrow and The Vampire Diaries) pull around a 1.2. Smash‘s finale last year earned a 1.8.

In order to be anywhere safe for CONSIDERATION for renewal, Smash needs to be pulling 1.8s or greater. Let’s hope the show doesn’t slide into the (0.9) territory…it could be yanked off the schedule completely, then. The 10 p.m. timeslot has a much lower threshold for renewal than 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. because less people watch TV at 10 p.m. But it can only go so low before NBC loses money on it.

Put it this way: Grimm (on Friday on NBC) pulls around 1.2+ on FRIDAY. It gets renewed because it is a Friday show with generally good ratings for Friday. If Grimm aired on Tuesday at 9 p.m. with a 1.2 rating, it would be canceled. If it aired at 10 p.m., it would be a toss-up (and would get canceled if NBC lost money on it).

My point that I am trying to make:


It is a good show for men, women, kids, teens, and adults. The most important part is for them to watch the show LIVE. The timeslot absolutely sucks. But we need it renewed. If anything, NBC may be wise to move it to a post-Voice spot. But it looks unlikely.

If you gave the show a chance, give it another try. Season 2 looks to be better than season 1.

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  • Zachary

    Meh. If it’s cancelled its because its a crappy show. GREAT conception, but crappy show. Meghan Hilty is the only real piece of talent, and the writing is just ridiculous sometimes. By all means, I do hope it gets better and gets higher views because it COULD BE a really great show. But they have a lot of fixing to do (that I thought they were going to do BEFORE season 2, not DURING)

    • http://twitter.com/chelsaat Chelsey Saatkamp


  • http://twitter.com/Merina2 Merina

    ‘Smash’ has plenty of fans here in England, but we’re unable to watch it live! Do you have any suggestions as to how we could overcome this problem? I assume watching an illegal stream online won’t help the ratings…gargh, this is infuriating, not being able to help.

    Really, really hope this show isn’t cancelled. I’m enjoying it so much.

  • Rose

    The first two episodes of season 2 were pretty good, and a lot of people liked it, maybe the rating will go up.

  • Alex

    Canceletion is just a matter of time.
    Really liked season 1 and the beggining of two, but the ratings are terrible.
    Then again, it’s NBC, so…

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Honestly, I didn’t really like season one. I was so tired of the drama, and while I know they’re being ‘realistic’ to theater life, it just bugged me, and I didn’t like any of the characters. Now I’ve decided I like a few of them, and I think the directing’s gotten a whole lot better, so I’ll probably give it more of a chance!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-Colvara-da-Cunha/100002222517083 Lucas Colvara da Cunha

    Smash should have ended only with 1 season; I like the show, but I don’t see how to create a good continuation of it…

  • http://twitter.com/chelsaat Chelsey Saatkamp

    WATCH SMASH – Bob Greenblatt

    I think it’s hilarious that NBC is living in a world where Community and Parks and Rec are it’s highest rated shows (I love those shows, btw). How the mighty have fallen…

    NBC = Next Big Collapse

  • Vanj203

    I loved SMASH season 1 (except for Dev), but I thought the season 2 SMASH premiere episodes were fantastic. They have Jeremy Jordan! What a talent! And Sean Hayes is coming! I actually do see this show being able to continue successfully because the focus is on broadway in general. It doesn’t have to only be about the show “Bombshell.” Each season or every other season could really focus on a different production that Eileen is putting forward. They could and have brought on a new song writing team (Jimmy and Kyle) so that other broadway shows can be explored too. It’ll work but people just need to watch it LIVE to bolster the ratings.

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