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. says

    The Hottest New Show besides Scandal. The Actors did a wonderful job!
    Mystery, Scandal, Suspense, and Seductive, its Was all that and more! I don’t know who
    is rating this show, but they don’t know good writing. Megan Good kept it hot and Interesting. It would be terrible if you did not bring this show back again! Tv has been over saturated with Reality shows and negative shows that shows no true skills in creative writing! And yes i am African American woman and I love all races but to see a African American leading woman leading the Plot motivates me more towards who I was Born to Be! Its encouraging! We Blacks need/ want to see more African Americans in tv or movie roles! Thank you for listening!

  2. Anonymous says

    Loved the show. Hoping for a second season. The 10pm spot is hard for many to be able to catch so an earlier slot may improve rating. All in all I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and really hope for another season or two to have the story play out and have all questions answered!

  3. D. Ricks says

    I think Deception got off to a slow start. And what people do not realize if you miss one episode you miss essential pieces to the puzzle so they have to watched in sequence. It also had a 10pm spot which was hard for me to watch on Monday nights but would always catch via on demand. Definitely need a season 2!!!!

  4. Anonymous says

    Deception is an awesome show! PLEASE DON’T CANCEL IT! i never watch tv and im addicted! great story line & great actors. NBC is out of their mind if they cancel a show that has so much potential!!

  5. charmaine says

    I think this isa great show. It keeps you guessing . love the relationship between Joanna, Jullian, andWill.

  6. lenore says

    I think they should give it another season I watched the show every week I thought it was a good show and we should find out who killed Vivian and let them get there just reward.

  7. Abrown says

    Great show second season… I never watch the show when it can on tv on Mondays I always caught it on demand

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