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. Mike B says

    The show started out a bit slow for me but I stuck to it. I’m pleasantly surprised! I thought it would be another spin of Revenge but liked the subtle plot twists throughout the season. And I’m a huge Victor Garber fan. NBC, don’t pull a bunch of stupid stunts like your ABC honks and stick with this one. I agree that finding a new timeslot is necessary.

  2. Steph says

    Please don’t cancel! I love it Ndhave been telling everyone I know, to watch it! I think the cast is great and. Look forward to it every week.

  3. We Want Answers says

    Seriously? Just watched season finale. They can’t end it like this. Want to know who killed, and why. Need to know what Havertstock’s involvement was. If show doesn’t cone back I will boycott NBC for the rest of my life. Seriously, no joke…

  4. NYC says

    Even though it is a great show, they’re probably going to cancel it. NBC needs new management from the top down because they cancel far to many shows.

  5. Sam says

    I simply love this show and I rarely watch TV…..Renew for season two and find a different time slot………….

  6. dylan says

    For once in my lifetime I started to look forward tp mondays all thanks to Deception please do not cancel

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