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. Crystal says

    This is unbelievable! Another great show biting the dust. Other stations do this but not as much as NBC.. Shows dont get much of a chance on that station. I was a Kings and a Merlin Fan as well and although they were very entertaining, they were cancelled. They need to give the good ones more of a chance. Shame….Deception has me VERY READY for SEASON 2 and I am not happy. Just tired of getting into something and having it taken away without ever seeing a proper ending.

  2. Juanita says

    Everytime there is a great prime time series is aired whether it be on CBS, NBC, ABC or etc the stations always try to spin some stupid idea that it’s us the viewers that don’t want the picture to continue. Then those great shows get replaced with boring cooking shows, reality shows and some of the dumbest things that they can think of to air. Deception happens to be a great prime time series and you would be doing the fans, actors and viewers a big injustice to cancel this show just to replace it with junk. Leave Deception on the air. I am looking forward to a season 2.

  3. Diane says

    I have been a fan from the beginning :) I am shocked that the last show of the season was the “series finale :( I LOVE IT !! PLZ DO NOT CANCEL!! YOU NEEDED TO ADVERTISE ” DECEPTION” MORE [ so many others bombard us with their ads] I arranged my TV viewing every week to see” my shows” & this was on my fave list !

  4. Lklafr says

    I did not watch it to begin with because of lack of advertising. A friend recommended it and now I am a fan. Cancel it if you want but it’s your advertising that’s the mistake. The show is great!

  5. Devonia says

    I hope they give it a second chance because I love the show and was wondering weither or not it was coming back? I think that monday night is a bad night anyway but its the one night that nothing is on anyway so would of thought it worked out but it was on late because of scenes.

  6. Marilyn DeCoursin says

    This show has totally kept my interest and I was looking forward to watching it every week. Seems like some of the networks are keeping crappy shows on and letting the better ones go. My husband and I have discussed this several times. I know they go by ratings but I think they should give this another chance. I love the show!!

  7. Lauren says

    Please don’t cancel the show. I was not a viewer when it aired, but someone told me about it and I watched all the episodes. I will be a viewer now. Loved the show.

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  9. Karen Smith-Moore says

    Looked forward to Monday night, to watch the show “Deception”. The story line and actors were excellent. Please do not cancel this show.

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