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. Lillian says

    Please do not cancel this show. My children and I are addicted every Monday night at 10 pm to watch what will happen. I’m quite sure after the killer of Vivian’s is discovered there will be other twists & turns in show to keep us hooked. Besides, the cast is amazing and I love them all.

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  2. rocky says

    the show is amazing and very well acted. the problem i have is that the show did not get edge of your seat good until episode 7. they needed the twists and turns early on and some of the tension between joanna and will was overplayed. move on it is played out. the writers can definitely come up with some great material if given a chance for season 2. nbc should cancel revolution. that show is annoying with no action!

  3. Angelica says

    Deception is has a great plot.It wouldnt make any sense if their is not another
    season.Renew the show and keep the viewers intresting.

  4. Brittany says

    Please do not cancel this show. It is soooo different from any show that is out at the moment, or any moment at that. There has not been something on tv so uniqe like this. I would really really love more and have all of my questions answered.

  5. Kym says

    Please renew. I loved all of the characters on the show. I love watching good quality shows. From Dallas to Scandal to Deception. These are my favorite night time dramas. Do not cancel or NBC will lose me as a viewer.

  6. Pina says

    Please don’t cancel! Had my husband into the show too. Need to find out what happened. Love the show

  7. JB says

    I think the show is great. The twists and turns are fabulous. It keeps me on the edge every time I watch an episode. I really hope it is renewed.

  8. Donna says

    I like the show. Please do not cancel. I rush home from bible study to watch this show and I record each show. Just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It would be unfair to cancel the show and leave the dedicated viewers hanging on who really did kill Vivian Bowers. What happened with Julian and Joanne? What is Wyatt really up to? How is Edward coping with loss of wife and raising his daughters? Does he ever reunite and make up with his father? Does Robert get arrested for killing his first wife? Just to mention a few things I would like to know.

  9. Rhea says

    This is the best show on TV and I don’t watch as much TV due to the lousy reality shows… but Deception keeps me on the edge of my seat the whole time I am watching it and it reminds me of the good TV shows I watch in the 70’s and 80’s… please renew renew renew!!!

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