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. Jessica W says

    Keep deception on, it is a good show. One of the only ones that I like to watch since I don’t watch T.V. much as it is, I found it both interesting and intriguing, the cast members were great and kept me wondering who the actual killer was, maybe they still don’t know, it is a hunch :)

  2. Yasmin says

    I really hope ABC doesn’t cancel the show & that we get to see the 2nd season . The story line was really interesting !!

  3. DeAnna says

    Please don’t cancel! Love this show…especially Julian and Joanna. And we still have many unanswered questions. So I’m hoping for a new season.

  4. Shawn says

    I absolutely love this show. I really hope that is doesnt end. I have been watching this show since day one!! They have some great people in this show and it keeps me interested.

  5. says

    I love Deception, it’s the best prime time soap drama since Dallas. Really looking forward to season 2. Please don’t cancel this show!

  6. Anonymous says

    This is crazy talking about canceling Deception I loved this show. I AM SO TIRED

  7. Lisa Sheets says

    I think this show is great!!! Give it another year! Is it possible that people were recording the show on DVR and watching it on another night? Is DVR taken in to consideration when figuring out the viewing status?
    I love this show and am really hoping to see the second season!

  8. Camila says

    They’re crazy to cancel this show, it’s really good television happening, it deserves a second season.

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