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. Roxie says

    I really liked Deception, give it another shot.
    There are so few good programs that last. Sometimes it is more than just the numbers.

  2. Cari Hulsey says

    Please bring it back!!! I looked forward to each new episode. I even got several of my friends hooked on the show :)

  3. Brittany says

    Please bring this show back, it is an amazing show, I think more press for the show
    Will bring more viewers. I watch it in Hulu but will watch the live show
    If renewed. People just didn’t know about it I think it is well written and The cast is amazing

  4. Shirley says

    Please bring Deception back. I was shocked when they cancelled this show. If I missed it, I made sure that I recorded it. Please, please bring it back.

  5. Edwina says

    I love Deception, please bring it back I’m looking forward to watching it again.
    I couldn’t wait to get home to watch the show that I’ve recorded. I couldn’t wait to see what they will leave me hanging with that day, Loving and hating it all at the same time. The anticipation is great.

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