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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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nan April 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

What was the last episode? I don’t understand why these shows keep cancelling shows before people get a chance to see them.


Vera April 4, 2013 at 8:22 am

Please don’t cancel the show. Sometimes it takes a while to get into a new series.


Blanche April 4, 2013 at 1:04 am



Wendy April 4, 2013 at 1:02 am

Donb’t cancel this show! We love it!


CarLee April 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Fabulous – – well written & acted. Mesmorizing – adult entertainment. Please DO NOT cancel. I don’t think it got sufficient promotion by NBC. Yes – – a 2nd season is warranted!


Matt April 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I guess you only post comments in favor of saving this pedantic waste of satellite bandwidth. Beg all you want to save it, but the network isn’t paid by fans. It’s paid by people who tune in and see the commercials whose airtime is bought by advertisers. The more popular the show, the more money is made.

If you think this show is a thriller, you must have been totally enrapt by a game of “Clue.”


bob j April 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm

i love this show ! plz dont cancel this tv series its one of the best that aired this season !


Dave April 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I loved the show a lot. I am 45 years old. So please bring it back for a second season.


Atena April 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm



Lhime April 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Pease if you must cancel Deception, at least have some sort of final show to wrap it up.


keirstin April 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm

NO DON’T CANCEL!!!!! It’s such a great show and there’s so many questions that need to be answered!


K. Thomas April 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I really love the show and hope that NBC brings it back for a season 2. The characters made for a great story line, with all the last min twist to the story. I say the writers need to get on their job and make it happen.


Mae April 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Please don’t cancel. Change the time it airs.


Mae April 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Please don’t cancel. I’ve been looking for it at its regular time wondering what happened to it. I enjoy Deception as well as Scandal. We discuss them at every hairdresser/salon appointment.


Camille April 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I have to agree with the rest of the ppl. This is a great show. I would hate if it gets cancelled. The story line is great. I think it would come back.


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