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. Ant says

    I wish you guys could give this show another chance me and my Girlfriend watch it and love the show Megan Good great actress I love her in every movie she has been in so I’d say why not try and stick it out and she what kind of surprise they cast can give you thanks again

  2. Millie says

    To be honest the first episode wasnt that amazing which is why i understand the dip after that but they show is getting really good. I really hope they give it another chance. I think julian and joanna tinkering on the edge of doom will make for an interesting story line. gives a lot of opportunity to expand on the complexity of those characters.

  3. W says

    LOVE Deception! I hope they do not cancel it.
    The first few episodes were a little slow to get going. It really picked up in the second half, and I am hooked! I wish I hadn’t deleted them from my Tivo so I could watch it over again!

    • CDiva1 says

      I really Like Deception..I followed this better than Scandal that everyone is so crazy about. I hope they give it another chance. Maybe another night or earlier time. I was one that one screaming at the TV on the finale.

  4. SC says

    It is rare for me to watch network TV but I got hooked on Deception as I found it very entertaining, great script, and well acted. Please consider adding Season 2 as there are many of us out here eagerly awaiting what happens next!

  5. Spigot says

    do not cancel deception. when will tv networks realize we dont all watch these shows on tv anymore. I DONT EVEN OWN A TV! I watch all of my “TV” on my laptop through hulu, and other sites. TV caters to us now. It is 2013.

  6. Gail says

    Would like to see this continue …still unanswered questions. I enjoy the characters …and it is better Monday night than so much else !

  7. Saddee2 says

    Please give Deception another chance.I think more people caught onto the show since its finale and are watching it on line. Please NBC listen to the fans. It deserves another chance for a season 2. Then if it failS in the ratings then cancel the show but do not just cancel it now. It has more story to tell and has an AWESOME cast. This is one of the BEST shows that NBC has worthwhile watching. I never watch NBC but i did see the trailers for the show that NBC kept showing and it got me hooked. I could not wait for Mondays to come to see Deception. I truly miss the show now after it’s finale. GIVE DECPTION A SECOND CHANCE PLEAEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Titi says

    Please Do Not cancel Deception…. I am not sure why the rating was so poor… maybe the day is the issue… but it is very interesting and deserve better both from the fans and NBC! Let’s keep the comments coming!

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