Believe: New NBC Drama; Cancel or Keep It?

Believe TV show on NBC: cancel or renew?NBC has had mixed luck with their ratings this season. They’ve had some successes and some failures. How does the Believe TV series measure up? Will it be cancelled or renewed for season two?

Believe revolves around a young girl with special abilities and the adults who are trying to protect her from evl forces. The cast includes Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung, and Arian Moayed.

The show got off to a positive start on Monday, March 10th — likely thanks to having The Voice as a lead-in. The premiere drew a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.56 million total viewers. It was a distant second in its timeslot, behind ABC’s The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.

The second episode, which aired in Believe’s regular Sunday night timeslot, saw the ratings drop 45% in the demo and 22% in viewership. Last week’s installment fell another 18% in the demo and 22% in viewers.

To drop to a 1.2 rating in the demo after just three episodes is a very bad sign for Believe’s future. It’s possible that the numbers could turn around and start to rise but it’s more likely that they’ll keep falling. The network needs new successful programming for their schedule and it seems clear that this isn’t it.

But, what do you think? Do you like the Believe TV show? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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  1. Gee says

    I love Believe! My sister loves it too. We are in our 60’s so we have watched a lot of TV. Please don’t cancel!!!

  2. Anonymous says

    Keep the show at some time slot. I understand Sunday night competes with football, but at least show the final episode. By the way, age should not be the critiria for judging the popularity of a show. Older people watch more t.v.

  3. Anonymous says

    Well, here we go again…. The last time I got interested in network TV, I got burned by the writer’s strike. Shows I liked never made it back. So, now I get interested in NBC shows like Believe only to be let down again. I think I may just block out NBC stations from my lineup because every time I start to watch something on NBC, they turn around and say “It’s not making us money”, yes the almighty buck…. Well, now that they have decided to cancel Believe, I will have a VERY HARD TIME getting interested in network TV again. I am so tired of being let down. To be sure, NBC cancelled the original Star Trek series, only to have the end result being an amazing money maker. No foresight…. only dollar bills in their eyes! Goodbye NBC, I am done with being let down.

  4. Anonymous says

    Please do not cancel it I love it I’m assessed with it and I’m nine years old I watch it when my family that’s the only show me and my family please don’t ill cry if you do so please don’t cancel the show thanks please please please please please please I love this show

    • Susan says

      Go to the link and sign the petition maybe they will listen .. It’s at change. Org .. And sign the keep believe petition .. Who knows can’t hurt ..

      • Marcia says

        My entire family loves the show, and it’s a shame not even give a chance for Season 2. If they cancel the show for good, I refuse to start following any other show from NBC. I’m tired to be let down.

        Thank you

  5. Rafiano says

    Why haven’t they move it to another times lot or another day. It’s competing against Resurection with a better lead in!

  6. Tahra says

    I LOVE this show… As soon as I finish watching an episode, I look forward to the next episode. I even watch episodes over and over again during the week. The chemistry between Johnny Sequoyah and Jake McLaughlin is amazing. I love their scenes. Please renew this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Spock says

    There is no doubt the show definitely has some holes in it. It seems like in every episode things happen that aren’t explained. OK, I get it. It’s television and it’s entertainment and not everything has to necessarily make sense, especially in light of the subject matter. It kills an hour, and hence, fullfills its purpose.

    However, I think the show is fun and uplifting. The relationship between the litle girl and her dad is just starting to develop and I think has some potential to grow. I think it deserves a little more time to evolve, but then again, my neck isn’t on the line to generate ad revenues.

  8. Jo says

    Maybe the show got a little close to the Truth! These shows always get cancelled. Someone does not want the Truth out there.

    • Terri says

      Yes it is James Chico…one of my very favorites. It’s all about ratings and money and the night it’s on. Looks to me it would be cheaper to try to move a show somewhere else, than to cancel it after all the hard work and bring back another show and invest in that more. I don’t get these networks sometimes. They hardly give a show a season, some get little to no chance. They should try it on another night and see what happens..not when its up against Games of Thrones and another show like Resurrection ( a similar type show) . Its almost like they are setting it up to fail. Makes me so mad because it could be a greater show than it even is already.

      • Anonymous says

        What the heck please do not end the show I watch it every Sunday with my family please oh please this is the only thing that me and my family watches please I’m only nine and I really like this show

  9. Jim says

    This just in off the wire:

    There’s a crisis on NBC’s Sunday night lineup. Both Crisis and Believe have been pulled from the Peacock’s Sunday, May 18 schedule. Sunday, May 18 is the last Sunday in May sweeps.

    In place of Crisis and Believe will be a rerun of NBC’s The Women of SNL special at 9 p.m. The Women of SNL special reunited Saturday Night Live veterans including Tina Fey,Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Nora Dunn, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Rachel Dratch and looked back on classic sketches starring the funny ladies.

    This isn’t good news for the struggling midseason dramas. Crisis debuted to 6.5 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in March, but a recent episode dipped to 4 million and a 1.0 rating. The conspiracy drama stars The X-Files veteran Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor andDermot Mulroney.

    Believe started out better debuting after The Voice with 10.6 million viewers and a 2.7 rating. But when it moved to its regular Sunday slot, the numbers dropped. A recent episode had 4.5 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. The drama about a young girl with extraordinary powers stars Kyle MacLachlan, Jack McLaughlin and Johnny Sequoyah.

    Both Believe and Crisis are considered very much on the cancellation bubble along with many fan favorites including Law & Order: SVU, Community, The Mentalist and The Crazy Ones. See more shows on the bubble below.

    • Linda Hayes says

      Why does this not surprise me? I wondered when the show went off they showed a clip for two weeks from now…I was trying to figure out why….Net works spend more money on replacing shows than trying to fix the ones they have already spent a gazillion dollars on producing in the first place…Makes you wonder about the intellect of the powers that be…. :-/

    • Terri says

      This just really upsets me so much. I have really tried to get into “Crisis” but cannot seem to enjoy it. But “Believe” on the other hand I love. I mean I really LOVE this show. Its a very good show, with values and people that matter. Its a family show as well with a real message. If you are going to try out a brand new show then for goodness sakes put it after a more popular show and advertise it to death during that show. Don’t put it behind “The Voice” for one night then move it to a night that many people are not watching. I never miss an ep, plus, I DVR it and rewatch it, plus, I buy each ep so I can watch it on my other TV that doesn’t have a DVr. We’ve got a young girl who is a wonderful actress. We’ve got a lead actor who is an Iraq war vet who fought for our country. Now next Sunday what do we get? We get YET ANOTHER REMAKE OF ANOTHER OLD MOVIE. I could care less about “Rosemary’s Baby”…yeah that is really family fun. I want my “Believe” back. NBC what is wrong with you? This is a great show! Don’t take it from us. Try it on another night. This show deserves another chance and if you do cancel, then I won’t be watching what you replace it with. Yeah I know, one less viewer won’t matter to them..but it matters to me. This is a wonderful show. Please please do not cancel it and for those fans of this show…keep posting about how you want it to stay on Facebook, Twitter,, the IMDB..anywhere you can. Let your voice be heard!

      • Susan says

        Nbc better think twice about believe .. I’m not going to watch any if their shows any more this is what we get !!!??? I have written to nbc .. No response … Everyone that wants to keep it on please write .. Do something .. They are really not thinking .. Letting a good show go .. Stupidity …

        • Terri says

          Someone started the above petition to sign…never know…it may help. An insider friend of mine says she works in the business and said she knows 3 people that work on the show and said even though it isn’t”official” yet that it has been cancelled and cast and crew are looking for new jobs. Now I don’t know for sure if this is true,but, she seems to know. It makes me so mad because she said the “showrunner” was someone that did not run the show very well at all and it was not a fun set to work on…lots of problems because of this “showrunner”. I really hope it is not cancelled and if it is, maybe another network will pick it up. Sign the petition and spread the word around.

    • Susan says

      The only issue this series has is that you have it across from Resurrection. If you would put it on a different night it would hit the roof most of us are watching both but doing one on demand. They are both great series but are on at the same time. To top that off HBO just brought back Game of Thrones on the same night. Why are all the good shows on at the same time?

  10. Rene says

    Keep it….my son likes to watch it alot….its realy hard to find things to watch that aint full of groosum violence and swear words or jus down rite inapropreate…
    I think maybe it needs a different slot but after jus a few eppisodes cant determin its success rate…so pleeeez renew…it diserves a a full season

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