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Smash garnered the most votes in an E! poll asking fans to choose one show to save from cancellation.

The NBC musical pulled in more than 58 percent of the vote on E!Online. It beat out ABC’s Body of Proof and NBC’s Deception.

Smash started off its second season with 4.48 million viewers, Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. By March, ratings had gone down to as low as 2.66 million, and NBC announced the show would be moving to Saturdays at 9 p.m. Maintaining a viewership between 1.8 and 1.9 million, NBC then moved Smash to the 8 p.m. Saturday time slot.

As if that weren’t enough, Smash will see one more move to Sunday at 9 p.m. for its two-hour series season finale on May 26.

The musical drama premiered on February of 2012 with more than 11 million viewers. Ratings dipped as the season continued, which led to changes behind the scenes and among the cast.

Former showrunner and creator, Theresa Rebeck, left the show during the first season to be replaced by Josh Safran. Rebeck slammed the Broadway-centered show in an email to Buzzfeed.

“If in fact Theresa Rebeck was the problem with Smash and the trainwreck it became, wouldn’t things have gotten better — rather than drastically worse — once she left?” Rebeck said in a email in response to a January story in which anonymous sources blamed her for the show’s troubles.

Smash stars Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Christian Borle and Jack Davenport, along with Broadway stars Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez.

Season 2, episode 14 “The Phenomenon” airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and guest stars Bernadette Peters and Jesse L. Martin.

Should NBC save Smash?

  • http://www.facebook.com/haileevaun Hailee-Vaun Lindsey Wiest

    YES!! they should save SMASH!!! i love that show!

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  • jkredwine

    Don’t think so. It clearly isn’t worth the money they spend on it.

    It was just cruel to move the show to Saturdays, but it made NBC’s intentions clear early on. Smash is not a show NBC is interested in salvaging. They already tried revamping. Now they need to let it die in peace.

  • http://twitter.com/HungerSlytherin Jeremy

    I think the biggest problem with Ratings is because of the moving around craziness. I think it should show NBC the time slot they first put it in sucked. I mean the show that replaced it got Cancelled 2 episodes in. I think it should of aired right after the Voice. or Even play on Sundays. I would love for them to Save Smash but just how much money goes into a season i don’t think they will save it.

  • dlskin

    Some of our social lives are lacking and enjoy having a good show to watch live on Saturdays ;) That is if I can get the time slot down every week! If they would decrease production costs would it be so awful to save the show? I know if is super unlikely but the show arc with Bombshell is nearly over and Hit List doesn’t have the same production value as Bombshell…there has to be ways to continue the Gatsby storyline without spending a TON of money, right? I know I am probably just grasping at straws at this point but a girl can hope!

  • Gary65

    I hate to say it but a creature’s strongest fight comes when it’s in its death throes, when it knows that it’s severely screwed and will nigh on move mountains to stay alive(for further proof, see The Secret Circle fandom, circa 12 months ago).

    I never watched Smash but this is exactly the same as every other show that’s heading for cancellation. There’s almost always a small devoted fan base who are desperate to save it. And, once in a blue moon, they do. This doesn’t look like one of those times.

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  • star

    I don’t watch the show, but I don’t see why they don’t just do half-seasons here, and pour the big budget into 13 high quality episodes and call it a year. Then you can build some sort of anticipation with the audience.

  • Emma Rose

    This season hasn’t been as good as the last, but I still don’t think it deserves cancellation.

    I feel really annoyed now because I felt the last episode was the best of this season so far. I felt connected with the characters again and I am really excited for this weeks episode, whereas, though I am interested, usually I don’t really wait for it to air, I will just get around to watching it at some point.

    I feel like they’ve finally got a grip on the storyline, got it developed to where they want it…but I guess its too little, too late.

    But I mean you have to ask – with some of the crap that gets put on TV today which runs for several seasons, and yet a very decent show that is perhaps a little flawed and still developing (which is what it makes it interesting) doesn’t get the support it deserves – why?

  • Alexandre

    Yes, they should save Smash, but with one condition: with Theresa back as the showrunner; without her (and specially WITH Josh bleh Safran) it won’t ever get better…

  • hpboy13

    On the one hand, yes, I’d love them to save Smash. On the other hand, I feel like that’s expecting too much of NBC – they did air the entire season for us, which is far more than most networks would have done if a show was pulling in less viewers than a typical Disney Channel show. The show is expensive, and just not worth it for them to keep making. Let’s just hope the finale is awesome.

  • RussellTurner

    YES, they should save it. BUT, they need to change things. For example, adding guest stars like Jennifer Hudson. Her character was so pointless.

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    YES! NBC should definitely save Smash.
    The problem this season were the new cast members and the Jimmy/HitList storyline. It did not work.
    Bring back the original cast, more Cartwills moments, KAt Mcphee and Jack Davenport are HOT together. Use that chemistry!
    Put on The Great Gatsby as the new musical with Karen & Ivy as the leads. That would work amazing.
    Hope they reconsider and NBC renews the show!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1263333419 Richard Welch

    SMASH is becoming EXCELLENT. As much as I hate to see it, the current apparent death of Kyle (and musical number he sang before being hit) along with upcoming number Jimmy performs as almost a “love song” to Kyle (after he’s dead) rip you to shreds. I love Angelica Houston, I love Debra Messing. The musical numbers are mostly amazing and the music for BOMBSHELL is worthy of being actually on Broadway. I am not sure how because it’s an expensive show to produce but I wish NBC would stop moving it and order 13 episodes of a Season 3 with major promotion and Rebeck back or consulting. They know what was wrong, they have now hit a good pace and I don’t see why NBC (that needs shows badly!) would not see that investing in 13 more SMASH episodes highly promoted with a fixed show cheaper than risking a brand new one instead. Heck, make it a mid-season replacement. The only problem is Debra Messing has a deal with CBS for a sitcom pilot and if it’s picked up… she’s gone. Big problems.

  • Judy

    I would like to see the “go on”. Part of the problem was not advertising the time changes. I did find the first 2 episodes of this season confusing but it seems back on track. The sudden death of a lead character was odd. Julia’s character is too bitter and fickle to those close to her.

  • Judy

    The show should go on.

  • Kathleen

    This is the one show I never miss. It is entertaining, intelligent, emotional and frankly one of televisions best. It has had a few bumps, but nothing that should cancel it. Stop moving its time slot!

  • BC

    SAVE SMASH , who cares if you don’t like it! theres plenty of people who do .Don’t bring your negativity and your drama here! Im sure theres shows you like that others don’t. It takes all kinds of people to make the world go round and their interests. Please save smash there is a fan base out there. Its entertainment and theres not another show out there like it. I love that is different and its not the same ole family comedy or another detective / cop show! But please stop switching the air dates , its not helping.The cast is great !

  • BB

    I love Smash!! Please don’t cancel

  • Derek Wills

    If it remained on Tuesdays (like it should have) I think the ratings would have gone up. Dramatically? Maybe not, but they wouldn’t have tanked the way they did. The writing has become better and better as the season progressed. If they do renew it, they should have it on any other time slot than Saturday (or Sunday at 8, that’s when Once Upon a Time is on)

  • Linda

    Nice to see what goes on in the world of theatre, actors, producers and the politics involved. Keep the series coming!

  • Connie

    Absolutely, NBC should bring back Smash!!! It’s one of the best shows about the life of a musician to come around in a long time. And what better person at the helm than Steven Spielberg? Huh? What were they thinking? It sucks!

  • denise bentley

    I think they should save Smash I did just fine after the Voice I get tired of nbc moving these shows around and putting them on the weekend and saying they lose ratings wellthey ddon’t people just dvr them cause everyone is busy ony weekends . Plese bring back Smash the voice and smash I always enjoyed the 2 together great tv.


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  • Zoe

    SMASH has filled a void that has been in television too long. It has been a refreshing change. I haven’t been dedicated to a show for a decade or two. The story lines have always been wonderful. The actors all draw you in an keep you there rooting for each one as though they are a dear friend.

  • Just Me

    Yes they need to bring it back! If not on NBC at least let another network pick it up and give it a try. That was a great show that we enjoyed watching. BRING IT BACK!

  • Smash Lover

    Save Smash, it’s one of the best shows on TV. It’s different and I love the show but move it back to a week night. Saturday nights are not for quality shows like this one, unless you’re trying to tank a show. How about selling it to HBO, they have the budget and an eye for quality TV. NBC needs to make some management changes because they don’t seem to be able to recognize good programming these days. I used to love the network but these days I watch ABC and CBS more and it looks like I will be watching even less since my favorite show has been cancelled. Way to go, NBC.

  • Cassidy

    They should save Smash because many people love it and its a very good show. Its tv’s only musical television show. Why wouldn’t it be a smash…

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