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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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Regina March 24, 2013 at 6:12 am

I really like the show. I don’t believe that NBC has a true picture of all the people that watch the show. I work afternoons, so I only watch the show via the Internet sometimes six (6) days after the episode has aired. It is a really has a great storyline/characters and totally kept my interest. I really hope NBC will give it another season.


kat March 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm



Bbrown March 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm

You have to give deception another season, it is amazing! Gripping, suspenseful, edgy and surprises at every turn. It will catch on and if not people are nuts, it’s such a great show.


Roni March 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I LOVE Deception!!! Love it…Love it… LOVE IT! NBC needs to recognize to jewel they have!


Mueller March 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Love the show..please keep it!


Anonymous March 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Give it another season!!! I love the show


mnmil March 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

We have been watching this show the last 2 weeks, getting to see.9 weeks in a row. Totally into the plot now. Invested in the characters. Hope it comes back.


slw March 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm

give it another season. it took Scandal a while to catch on!


Anonymous March 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Deception is an awesome show. Its one of NBC’s best shows. KEEP the show.


kim connolly March 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I love Deception…PLEASE bring it back!!!!!


Anonymous March 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

It’s a great show!!! So many if my friends and co-workers watch it. The low ratings numbers are suspect.


dan maynard March 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I like the show. I think NBC should give it a different time slot, to see if it has a chance. Let’s face it NBC, you don’t have a lot going for you. Another thing, with you network doing so porrly, why didn’t you at least give Wonder Woman a chance??? You had already filmed the pilot. You need to do something to get viewers back to your network. One more thing, keep Jay Leno on at 11:35. Remember what happened the last time???


karlie March 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Please keep it! These season was awesome!


hannah March 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

BRING IT BACK!!!! It’s very intricate, intellectual and exciting!! Better than The Practice and that was on a long time!!


Sonny March 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

Keep Deception it was awesome!


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