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Smash: Season Two Ratings

Smash ratingsNBC’s Smash started out strong in the ratings last season but they dwindled as time went on. Will the TV show be cancelled or renewed for a third season? We’ll have to wait and see!

The series follows the trials and tribulations of the folks who want to mount a Broadway musical. This season, the cast includes Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston, Leslie Odom Jr., Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, and Andy Mientus.

The second season of Smash typically airs on Tuesday nights on NBC. They’ve ordered 17 episodes.

Below are the TV show’s latest ratings, the best way to tell if Smash will be cancelled or renewed for a third season. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.72 million total viewers.

Episodes 02-16 & 02-17: Sunday, 05/26/13 (series finale)
0.5 in the demo (+25% change) with 2.44 million (+21% change).
Season averages: 0.71 in the demo with 2.72 million.

Episode 02-15: Saturday, 05/11/13
0.4 in the demo (-20% change) with 2.01 million (-12% change).
Season averages: 0.74 in the demo with 2.76 million.

UPDATE: NBC has officially cancelled this show and won’t be bringing it back for a third season.

Episode 02-14: Saturday, 05/04/13
0.5 demo rating (+25% change) with 2.28 million (+21% change).
Season averages: 0.76 in the demo with 2.81 million.

Episode 02-13: Saturday, 04/27/13
0.4 in the demo (0% change) with 1.89 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 0.78 in the demo with 2.85 million.

Episode 02-12: Saturday, 04/20/13
0.4 in the demo (0% change) with 1.91 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 0.82 in the demo with 2.93 million.

Episode 02-11: Saturday, 04/13/13
0.4 in the demo (-20% change) with 1.80 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 0.85 in the demo with 3.02 million.

Episode 02-10: Saturday, 04/06/13
0.5 in the demo (-45% change) with 1.90 million (-36% change).
Season averages: 0.90 in the demo with 3.15 million.

Episode 02-09: Tuesday, 04/02/13
0.9 in the demo (-10% change) with 2.98 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 0.94 in the demo with 3.28 million.

Episode 02-08: Tuesday, 03/26/13
1.0 in the demo (+43% change) with 3.05 million (+15% change).
Season averages: 0.95 in the demo with 3.32 million.

Episode 02-07: Tuesday, 03/19/13
0.7 in the demo (-22% change) with 2.66 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 0.94 in the demo with 3.36 million.

UPDATE: NBC will begin burning off the remaining episodes on Saturday nights, starting April 6th. NBC isn’t saying it but the show’s not coming back for season three.

Episode 02-06: Tuesday, 03/12/13
0.9 in the demo (+13% change) with 2.90 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 0.98 in the demo with 3.48 million.

Episode 02-05: Tuesday, 03/05/13
0.8 in the demo (-11% change) with 2.68 million (-12% change).
Season averages: 1.00 in the demo with 3.59 million.

Episode 02-04: Tuesday, 02/26/13
0.9 in the demo (0% change) with 3.04 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 1.05 in the demo with 3.82 million.

Episode 02-03: Tuesday, 02/19/13
0.9 in the demo (-25% change) with 3.29 million (-27% change).
Season averages: 1.10 in the demo with 4.08 million.

Episodes 02-01 & 02-02: Tuesday, 02/05/13
1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.48 million total viewers.
Season average: 1.20 in the demo with 4.48 million.

It was a very poor return for Smash. Compared to the series premiere a year earlier, NBC was down by 71% in the demo (vs a 3.8 rating) and down by 61% in viewership (vs 11.44 million).


Reference point: The first season’s 15 episodes averaged a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.74 million total viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected and copyrighted by the Nielsen company.

What do you think? Do you still like the Smash TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a third season?

 

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lynn March 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I loved loved loved SMASH. Loved the story line with Hit List and I adore Eileen and Julia.
KATHERINE Mcphee is fabulous! Can’t beat the music and dancing. How could people not love it? Please reconsider. Probably too late for Fox to pick it up. Maybe they would promote it!!

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beth January 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

The musical numbers in this show are unrivalled.This is top notch.The show itself should be on Broadway.there has been no show on television I have looked forward to more than this one,and not one other show of its kind on tv right now.we have enough crime dramas.perhaps the time slot wasn’t the best for this show and it could do better at an earlier time.The passion that the characters brought to this show was evident to me and could be to so many more viewers.the problem isn’t with the show other than a little cheesy dialogue here and there,but the performances,music,and character development far outway any little faults. so lets figure out what can give this show more viewers instead of canceling it.

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Lin September 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

What a disappointment! I loved this show. I loved the music, the characters, the talent. I looked forward to watching Smash each week. There is so little on TV worth watching. Reality shows. Ugh! Bring back Smash.

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CC August 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Smash is wonderful! It’s filled with people so full of talent that it makes you want to be one of them. I think that season 2 was just as great as season 1. I was heartbroken when I heard that it might be cancelled! Please don’t replace this show with some ridiculous crime scene or murder scandal. SAVE SMASH!

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Andrey June 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

What’s happen with the show starting approximately from episode 02-10? Does NBC change script writers team to one coming totally from Brasilian TV? Acting is still good but the script in the end of 2nd season migrates a bit towards a mess of typical bad-taste and stupid “category B” TV series! Not surprising that they loosing audience…

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deb June 1, 2013 at 7:29 pm

What a perfect show! So very disappointed that it was cancelled. The music, dancing, cast and story line were all terrific. So, NBC, now you can fill the time slot with another reality show or what about another murder mystery? YOU obviously never gave the show a chance to develop the audience/viewers by moving its time slot twice.

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