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. C Cino says

    Of course they’ll cancel. NBC doesn’t give any show a chance. They draw people in with really good shows, then cancel them in the middle of a plot, because they’re not getting ridiculous amounts of ratings (probably because they don’t consider people who watch shows together or stream them online). This is the only show left that I watch on NBC (besides Days of Our Lives), and if it gets cancelled, that’s it. I won’t tune in to another new NBC show. The balls in your court, NBC.

  2. Cindy in Chicago says

    Give it another season what does NBC have to replace it with another reality show??? Really???????? Just what we all need more reality no wonder the networks are all going downhill.

  3. Julie says

    Please don’t cancel Deception. It’s a great show! It always leaves me guessing with all of its plot twists. I love the characters and really want to see them continue! Why not take some of the crappy reality shows off and make room for well written ones like Deception?!

  4. erica says

    this show is amazing! so many unanswered questions! i love the story line. i looked forward to monday nights. dont cancel! keep deception going! please! please! please! :)

  5. pattisun says

    KEEP DECEPTION on. Last season you cancelled CHASE and that was a good show too. I HATE watching new shows on the big networks. You get attached and then they cancel. I’d rather watch shows on the smaller stations like TBS or FX because they seem more likely to give their shows a chance to survive.


  6. AJ says

    Please, please, please renew!!! I saw it from the beginning and both my husband and I were hooked. We thought it felt like watching a well written thriller mystery book with many twists and turns, keeping us guessing. Monday nights, we would PVR it, and start watching it within 15 min in, which says a lot because we don’t watch live tv anymore because of all the commercials. We’d sit through commercials and actually talk about who could have done it and why. Give it another try, because there are so many shows that people have to choose from, that I think some people just missed it, or did not even have a chance to see it.

  7. Dee says

    Yes it needs to be renewed. The fact that ABC is killing the game w Scandal plus knowing that Scandal started off w mediocre ratings should be enuff to continue. If the storyline & characters continue 2 develope then it can be the next runaway nightime drama. IMO behind Scandal this is the best show on tv. Plot, twists, romance, murder, it has the recipe for success! Meagan can carry this show! She’s that good!

  8. Mimi says

    LOVE THIS SHOW!!!! everybody’s character have really started to develop and there’s so much more to find out!!! Keep it going. Piggyback it after high rating shows on other nights to get it noticed. Great cast great story line can’t wait to see where this can go!!!

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