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. Cait Newman says

    This show was so amazing!!!!!! How can you just end it with no follow up at all!! I hate when shows do this. Get you hooked then just decide to end it with so many unanswered questions. This is such bs!!!! Obvously people watch this show. everything is always based on big numbers. Why even start watching a new show? They most likely with cancel after the first season….

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  3. VONZ says

    Yes ” DECEPTION” it is a good show. I really like this show and really looking forwards for this next season. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL OUT DECEPTION.

  4. Lena says

    The show is good how does it not have great ratings? Then again most people probably record things and watch it later because thats what I do bc its hard watching tv when you have kids lol, but this show is good need some more viewers to keep the show going and you wont be disappointed :)

  5. Kassandra says

    All I can say is OBSESSION! I have been Deception-hooked since it ever came out. I kept up and watched every single episode. And now as I await season two, I just realized it is in danger of NBC canceling it. Shame on you NBC, how about you cancel one of the unnecessary reality TV shows and keep Deception. Not fair. Meagan Good is a great actress and she should continue on and finish the story. Do NOT leave us fans hanging.
    The show has a great plot and is the most interesting since Revenge. It’s perfect! So BRING DECEPTION BACK!!!!

  6. Stacey says

    Bring back Deception! Dangit NBC, you seem to cancel EVERY show that is decent and keep the trash. Please, please, please, if you have ANY sense at all, keep THIS one!!

  7. EYVETTE says

    I loved every episode of Deception and would love for NBC to renew Deception for a second season. I think it’s like ‘Scandal’ as some didn’t get too involved in season 1 for various reasons but now it’s a smashing hit. I think ‘Deception’ has the same flavor to take off … Definitely wont hurt to try it as several people I talked to didn’t even know about so maybe more PR would help as well …

  8. Robyn says

    DONT CANCEL DECEPTION!!!! I love it!! I never one time missed an episode. I was hooked from the first 5 minutes of episode 1.

  9. Sanji says

    Deception Is so good I was hooked first episode and never missed one episode . please bring it back I don’t know what I would do without deception in my life

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