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. Vincent says

    The show is entertaining, the actors are good. We need another season it has an excellent story line.

  2. Stephanie Inge says

    Yes I think they need to continue to the 2nd season! At least just to find out who really killed Vivian

  3. Yolanda says

    I love the show and just when it was getting intetesting NBC WANTS TO CANCEL.
    Maybe one of the reasons the ratings were low for lack of advertising because I never knew when the show was coming on nor the time I had to find it on Demand. As the seasons continue & word of mouth, the ratings will get better don’t cancel a show based off ratings for one season please consider what it once going up against at the same time on Mondays before you cancel.

  4. essencerae says

    What a great show! If this gets canceled i know a lot of people who will be very upset. We hope it comes back for another season!

  5. cake lady says

    Please,please,please don’t cancel the show I absolutly love it the drama grabs you
    Just when you think it looks like things are solved oh boy something else pops up juicy I need to know how edward is going to get caught since he knows everything(sorry ed). The cast is great so please don’t cancel. Always watching

  6. Farran Elliott says

    I LOVE this show. However due to my work schedule i am only able to watch it on-demand or on hulu. Television networks need to get with the times. Basing a show’s worth on live ratings only is antiquated & unreliable.

  7. Shelley Sansaver says

    I love this show, but I too recorded it or watched it on Demand. I wish they would have finished it up, but I’m not sure what they what have done once they found out who killed Vivian…..oh well.

  8. Tracie2 says

    I love this show — it’s right up there with Revenge in my opinion. Do ratings capture when episodes are recorded? That’s how I watch everything these days. Records a few episodes at a time, then watch them back to back. I do like some of the reality shows, but viewers need to see more drama and less reality! I also read that 666 Park Avenue was cancelled — what the heck?

  9. Tracie says

    I absolutely Love this show. I really hope NBC doesn’t cancel it. I can count the number of NBC shows I watch on one hand. For some reason, the network doesn’t really give shows a chance like they used to. They used to let shows run for an entire season–like 24 episodes and let the audience find them. Now, they just drop them. It’s sad.

  10. Angel says

    This show should at least begin 1 more season to increase viewers. The love story portion of the show was established in later episodes. People want romance, and the romance portion of this show just picked up.

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