Deception: To Be Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Deception on NBC cancelled or renewed?With Revolution taking a break, NBC decided to try a new Monday night drama, Deception. Has it been a ratings success for the network or will it end up being cancelled like so many of their other Monday night dramas?

On Deception, a wealthy party girl has been mysteriously murdered. Her childhood friend, now a San Francisco narcotics detective, is convinced by her former partner to go undercover into the wealthy world she thought she’d left behind. The cast includes Laz Alonso, Meagan Good, Victor Garber, Katherine LaNasa, Tate Donovan, Wes Brown, and Ella Rae Peck.

The series debuted in January to a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.66 million total viewers. Those were hardly impressive numbers and were less than half of what Revolution’s premiere drew a few months earlier. Year-to-year however, it was a big improvement over the ratings NBC was getting for Rock Center with Brian Williams.

In week two, Deception’s ratings dropped more than 20% to a 1.6 demo rating and 4.14 million. That was not positive — and the ratings kept falling. As we now near the end of Deception’s 11 episode run, the ratings seem to have stabilized at a 1.1 demo rating with about 3.3 million viewers.

Those numbers are terrible and certainly there’s no ratings justification for NBC to renew Deception for a second season. They cancelled shows like Chase and The Playboy Club and they had better numbers than Deception.

On the positive side, at least NBC aired all of the episodes. Unfortunately, viewers are unlikely to ever get their storyline questions answered.

But, what do you think? Should NBC stick with Deception and give it another shot next year or should they cancel it instead? Why do you think it didn’t catch on with a bigger audience?

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  1. Donna says

    Please do not cancel this show its a good one give it another season to get its ratings up people get in a rut on what to watch until they see a show or two then its to late you cancel well don’t give the show a chance its very good.


  2. Flo says

    Absolutely renew this show – it’s an intelligent change of pace from most of the other drivel that’s on. Terrific show!!!

  3. Carleen Danka says

    I love it!!! Keep it- it needs a different time slot, I am already DVRing 2 shows at that time slot so have to go in and watch online….

  4. Justice says

    I love this show, itt is so good. Not every show does well in it’s first season and it’s usually because of the writers. This show has good writers, great actors, and the best storyline.

    I think the show did not do well (ratings wise) because of other shows, ie. Scandal. I’ve heard a few people compare Deception to Scandal and it is not a fair comparison. Deception stands alone and it deserves one more season.

    I hope that all these comments are reviewed by the people who make decisions.

    Keep the SHOW! Nothing else good comes on Monday nights!

  5. PJ says

    Please do not cancel Deception it is worth another 12 episodes enjoy shows that are only 12 episodes never get sick of them I look forward to Monday nights lately. So please listen to the viewers and consider bringing it back

  6. lynette says

    i loved this show and would like to see another season. i would like to have more questions answered. i was a bit disappointed in the finale because there were too many options still available as to who the killer was. i did realize they left us with the idea that robert killed vivian, but it just seemed unfinished. i think the ratings would have been higher if people werent so tired of shows that leave you hanging and never renew. i know people who wouldnt watch it because of that reason. i watched 6 seasons of lost and was so disappointed at the ending that left so many things unanswered. i think the public is tired of this type of television. i honestly believe that is why the ratings were so low.

  7. Anonymous says

    Renew! renew! I think it had a ratings issue because the characters were slow to develop. But it is REALLY good! So much more can happen!

  8. Jessica says

    WE NEED A SEASON 2!!!!!!

    I love this show please do not cancel. This show kept me on my toes every Monday night.

  9. Carol says

    I really love the show. I programmed my phone calendar to remind me to watch Deception.
    I thin NBC should do a better job advertising the show. I truly hope they do not cancel Deception! I WANT IT BACK PLEASE. One more season please !!!!!!!

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