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. Frank says

    Just caught this show on demand!!!!! Watched all 11 season, please bring back!! The ratings should really consoder hulu and netflix viewers, thats how most of us hard working amaercabs are even able to fit primetime televison series into our busy lives. It’s not that peple dont like the show, its just that we’re not home and they dont count us!!!!!!

  2. cathy says

    Plz don’t cancel this show- it needs more promo only to get larger audience..good show good actors, and with all the lies and secrets can see many more story lines to continue..don’t cancel..give it a chance!!!!

  3. Kirsten says

    I missed this show on prime time but just watched all of the episodes on demand. I am dying for it to come back!!! Please don’t cancel. I think it aired when everyone was already in their routine with shows and probably missed it. Please return!!!!!

  4. Shaniek says

    Love the show. Just watched the whole season on Hula. Came on this site to see where season to at. Please don’t cancel:(

  5. Nerlie says

    I hope this gets renewed! NBC never gave it any promotion, yet it maintained a fan base. It’s a great show with so much potential.

  6. marlene says

    I love the show and want to see what happens in the end. DO NOT CANCEL THE SHOW!
    I liked PLAYBOY and that was cancelled. Everything I like is cancelled. I do not understand the viewing audience. They don’t seem to like the good stuff.

  7. says

    I absolutely LOVE “Deception” and I’m so disappointed that the show is not airing anymore!!! Lots of people are, I know the viewer’s ratings were over 3 million, so obviously…we love the show!!! I think you should/should’ve kept it going, now we will never know what happened, just like the CW just cancelled “CULT” and so many people are so upset and they dont’ even want to watch that network anymore. My point is…why get us interested in something and then take it away from us I never missed an episode n then it never came back on, no warning, NOTHING!!! At least let the story end and play the rest of the season out or let it have a 2nd chance, Megan Good is one AMAZING actress, Love HER!!! DEFINITELY A KEEPER!!!

  8. Jam says

    I absolutely love the show! I cannot watch the night it airs so I do watch on demand or on! Many people watch on hulu as well. I wonder if/how those views are being tracked. I’m pretty sure that would yield a positive decision to keep the show.

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