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

    I think that the show should be renewed and maybe put into a different time slot Mondays are hard for drama expecially since that is comedy night on the other stations. maybe try it on a Tuesday or Wensday night. this is a very well written show that deserves a chance. i am still getting over Harry’s Law being cancelled but i saw that coming when they changed the show completely around and took out great african american characters and replacd them with horrible storylines. Harry was a defender of the underdog and that is what made the 1st season so great.

  2. Sharon Black says

    I love Deception, and would be extremely disappointed if it were cancelled. The actors and story line are fantastic. Why would this program be up for question anyway? Everyone I know who watches the show love it. Please don’t cancel this program.

    -Sharon

  3. Kim says

    Love the show. Cant believe there were only 11 episodes. Really disappointed its over already. Looking forward to season 2.

  4. Wendy says

    I love this show!!! It so nice to have a good show to watch on Monday night instead of all the ridiculious reality shows that occupy so much of television. I hope NBC is smart enough to renew this show for another season!

  5. Virginia says

    Please do not cancel Deception. It is a very good show. Please bring it back for next season. There isn’t anything else to watch.

  6. Sally says

    I loved the show it had suspense . I think it would be better on a Friday nite you guys need to give it another chance

    • Sally says

      I did not mind watching it on Monday. We never have anything on tv on Monday .it kinda gives you something to look forward to Mondays

  7. Lori says

    Deception is really good. It’s clever and full of awesome actors. NBC just sucks at promoting its shows. I hope it gets picked up on cable. It’s worth a chance.

  8. Beverly says

    Love the show, wish it had more episodes – it ended entirely TOO soon. 11 episodes were not enough. I WANT THEM TO COME BACK, PLEASE RENEW FOR SEASON 2.

  9. Chelsea says

    I really hope this isn’t canceled. I’ve only missed one episode due to travel and was devastated that I didn’t make it home in time to watch it. Good shows are often removed only to put uninteresting things in their spot. Talk shows or ridiculous reality shows can air on every channel doing nothing but portraying ignorance. If Honey boo boo can continue, Deception should definitely come back.

  10. Sarah berrard says

    I love this show it is interesting lots of twists and turns. Are they just stopping after the last episode? That would really stink!

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