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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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Deb March 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I thought deception was a good series. It made my Monday nights!
Please don’t cancel the series. Looking forward to another season.


Angela March 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Loved the show! Maybe they need to advertise it a little better.


Angie March 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Please bring Deception back for another season. This is my favorite show on TV right now! My hubby and I look forward to seeing it every week. I will watch the reruns thru On Demand thru the summer, and will look forward to picking it up again in the fall. Thanks NBC.


KSZ March 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Deception is so different and refreshing from other shows. My whole office watches and it makes great conversation at lunch time I hate to see it cancelled.


Evan g March 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Great show! Low ratings but people who watch love it!


Joyce in Portland Oregon March 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Please keep it on. It’s a very good show and I have not missed a single one of them.


Genna March 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Please don’t cancel this show! I loved it! NBC always ends up cancelling my favorite shows (ie American Dreams). Give it another season!!


Linda Lynch March 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I like Deception. I hardly ever watch regular TV Channels. I DO NOT LIKE Reality shows.

This show is fast pace and keeps you on your toes and I like that because it keeps you interested. It is the talk of the Office the next morning.

Please do not cancel.



Beth March 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

We love the show. RENEW!


Suzanne March 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Please don’t cancel this show! It had a great plot which left us hanging. Please give it another chance!


HM March 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Great show!!!it makes my mondays!! please renew!!!!! love it!!


Charmaine March 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Please keep deception on air. My family absolutely love the show. We are desperately waiting to find out what happens next.
Deception fan


Stephanie March 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Please do not cancel this show. It would really be a shame if you did. I just do not think it receive enough publicity. Maybe another time slo, like before or even after SVU. You have a winner NBC it is just as good as ABCs Revenge. Please give it another chance.


Scheli March 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Please don’t cancel it, I love Deception and my husbands says he isn’t going to watch it but he always does.


andrea March 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I love this show and hope it doesn’t get cancelled! I didn’t start watching it until mid-season, then I was hooked. I think it could benefit if it was in a better time slot or if more people heard about it.


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