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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164 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    Last year it was centered around Monroe, the cheating, all the real back stabbings of the art. This year it’s floundering init’s own question of which way the show should go. It should follow other 1 year wonders and make way for something good. Too bad because the first year was great and I’m a NCIS, l & O, Criminal Minds guy but totally loved Smash

  2. AndyShep says

    They need to appeal more to men. No more story lines on Debra Messing being whiny, unfaithful (but so terribly boringly so) and unattractive. Enough with the dialogue driven romance, make it visual, without any major treatises on how the characters feel so very, very conflicted and confused (yawn.) Angelica Huston and her husband is an interesting story line, but why does it need to be so drawn out? How many seasons are they planning on stretching some of these story lines out.. without really giving them any substance or climax? It really feels like a daytime soap opera, there is just a lot of fluff and dialogue, but it doesn’t lead anywhere.

  3. Lydia says

    How come I always love the shows that get canceled after only a short run (less than a season up to two seasons?) My husband and I enjoyed “Kings” which only lasted about six weeks. Then we really got into “The Event” which only lasted one season. And now Smash is in danger?
    Why? It has a fantastic cast of well seasoned and talented actors who bring their characters to life with realistic chemistry. The story line is novel – a primetime soap with really good music – is suitable for a broad demographic. The storyline is also novel – the life of aspiring Broadway performers and creators is not something you see on television all the time.
    My husband and I don’t watch much television and when we do follow a series it has always been one with a novel premise, good casting and excellent acting.

    The producers of Smash must be doing something right. I am neither a fan of primetime soaps, don’t normally watch primetime anything, nor am I a fan of Broadway musicals – yet Smash drew me in. Hopefully I am not the only one with that sort of viewing background!

    I guess its a good thing that my husband and I are “creators” as opposed to “re-creators” we create our own entertainment. He’s a professional musician and songwriter and I am a photographer and work in indy film production.

    We’re just not the sort of audience the networks pander to.

  4. M says

    I love Smash…The talent in the show is amazing. Even my husband has started watching this series. (He’s typically a Blue Bloods, Law & Order type!) Please, please do not
    cancel this wonderful show. (Coincidentally just watched Megan Hilty on Live , followed by Katherine McPhee on Rachel Ray’s show!)

  5. Maribel Crowe says

    I love Smash. I seriously hope it is not cancelled. There is so much potential for story development and growth and is a wonderful insight into ‘Broadway’. I would be very disappointed and sad if Smash is cancelled.

  6. Musicalguy says

    Theresa Rebeck must be having the last laugh. Everything wrong with Season 1 was blamed on her. Smash still has a fine cast but is still saddled with ridiculous story lines and truly unbelievable writing about the theatre. There are also weekly references to obscure names that no one across America would recognize. The music is caught in the middle – not edgy enough for the younger crowd and way too pop oriented for older folks. I don’t thing there is a clear understanding of who this series is trying to attract. Cancel this abomination so these wonderful performers can move on to other more worthy projects.

  7. GRG says

    I think that the story line left them no where to go after Season 1 and they are fishing around looking for something that clicks. So far it has been a complete and utter disappointment. From what I have seen so far Seasson 2 is making me wonder what the fascination was with the show during its premiere season — perhaps it would have been better had it stuck to the terms of a ‘limited engagement’ — At the moment if it is cancelle it will not be missed.

  8. mvmm says

    As what I saw on episode 2, the creative team showed the people how a big lost Bombshell will be to the theater community. Now, I’m saying this too, SMASH will be really a big lost on the TV community, so don’t ever thinking of cancelling this show. This is really a great show. Great cast, music, crew, ..well the entire production is really great. NBC should try switching the schedule 10pm is so late for other people.

  9. Kristy says

    No the show should not be cancelled. It is a brilliantly talented show and deserves to be shown on tv. I want this show to be very successful, the cast is excellent and the plot is well created. It should have more than three seasons.


  10. Titina says

    I really hope Smash picks up the ratings! I watched the premiere and loved it!
    I think the show will improve a lot this season, although if you ask me I loved S1 too.
    Maybe people were not really aware it was coming back, also the 2hr premiere was risky. They should have done just 1 hr.
    Hopefully when it settles Tuesdays nights at 10pm the ratings will pick up.
    Pls renew Smash for a third season! We love it!

  11. Mavs Favs says

    I really like to see a season 3. The season 2 premiere is great. It’s quite an improvement, I love the cast. I do hope it pick up higher ratings than this. US viewers if you want more SMASH, watch it. Maybe people have been waiting it for so long they have forgotten that Smash is back. A lot of people that are not living in US, really love SMASH, and it will all depends on US viewers if we could see more of this amazing show. You are so lucky that you’ll be able to view it first than us, if only I was living in US, I’ll watch it every time it is televise and I’ll promote to other people. Its Broadway in a tv screen.

  12. Vilma Waugh says

    I simply thought the return of Smash on Feb. 5th was a smash. Fantastic. Fast going with beautiful music, intrigue, good acting, lovely singers both Megan and Karen are wonderful.

    If the ratings or viewers were too little, maybe because not everyone was aware of its comeback.

    By all means I want it to come back a third, fourth and fifth season.


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