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. Lori says

    If they are going to cancel this show, why did they end it the way they did. Really? You’re just gonna leave us hanging? I get so tired of liking a show and then it gets cancelled. So sick of reality TV, when a good show finally comes on I’m afraid to like it because next thing I know, it’s gone.

  2. A mother in Silver Spring, Md says

    Please don’t cancel Deception. I love this show, my mother and I seen every episode. Sometimes people catch on later than others!

  3. Leigh Ann von Hoelle says

    It’s a great show. I just don’t know how their going to keep the murder mystery going without it going stale. I know, kill someone else off and you have your Season 2. I would love to see it come back!

  4. Corvin says

    I Vote not to cancel! Renew, renew, renew!!!!
    I agree with other posters here that it needed some more PR and possibly a better time slot. You got great acting, a good story (with a lot more that can be done and even new areas and back stories they could show) all with the backdrop of the big city. I think they could definitely do more. Let’s hope they do!

  5. Cassie says

    I agree with everyone, I was disappointed that the ending left us hanging…I had added this to my DVR and loved every episode! It is very good acting, great mix of scenarios! Once you think you have something figured out, there’s always a twist to it, so I hope it continues to air! If anything, they should turn all the episodes into a movie with a complete and awesome ending! I absolutely love the show!

  6. Athena says

    Although I love this show very much, we are living in the days of reality tv. I think, that is why it may have suffered slightly. But, please don’t cancel. Megan Goode is doing wonderfully along with the rest of the cast. Besides, how can it be cancelled now with the way it ended. Maybe of NBC doesn’t want it, then my new fav Netflix will pick it up

  7. Tonya says

    I absolutely love this show! Please do not cancel and leave us hanging! NBC has poor ratings across the board. At least Deception’s ratings remained steady..

  8. joy says

    I just started looking at Deception , the last 3 shows. Please keep it on. The show will get as many viewers as scandal. Please give us another chance to see some good acting for a change

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