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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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{ 164 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous May 31, 2013 at 12:27 am

Put it on Broadway . It tells three stories and they intermingle perfectly . Great show and i am sad to see it go. I would have loved to seen Ana’s story unfold … I think there is still more to tell.


Kate May 28, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Only show I watch!!!! They moved it to Saturday !!!! Bring it back!!!!!!!!


Debbie May 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I am SOO disappointed to see that the SMASH was cancelled. I really enjoyed it and really looked forward to seeing it each week. I know several people that also enjoyed it and didn’t realize it had moved to Saturday..this may be why the ratings dropped. My DVR automatically recorded it but I also managed to catch it anyway.My friends and my mid 20’s daughter will also miss it. The finale was very enjoyable. I really hope there is a way to save the show and bring it back next year


teresa May 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I love smash!!! The only reason the ratings were bad is because they showed it on Saturday night…..that’s the worst night for tv shows……it is great and worth continuing……do u want us to collect signatures of ppl who feel the same way…cuz we will!!!!!


Sam Long May 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

It’s been my favorite show. I can’t stand the Reality shows. I hope it continues.


Terri May 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I agree with Shonie. I am over 50 and love the show due to it being a musical. I will have no reason to watch NBC after this show ends on May 26th. Bring the show & creator back and put it on during the week at a decent hour….


Kay May 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I think the music is fantastic, and have watched it from the start, but the story has steadily gone downhill–trash and more trash.


Kimber May 11, 2013 at 2:26 am

I LOVE Smash!!!! :(


Jan Dodge May 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Please don’t cancel Smash. I have watched it from the beginning. I love it. Please continue it for a 3rd season. Thank You


Craig May 10, 2013 at 2:38 am

Smash is the best show! Please don’t cancel!!!


Stephanie May 10, 2013 at 2:37 am

Please keep Smash! We love that show!!!


Gary May 10, 2013 at 12:29 am

Look at the demograghics of who IS watching Smash. Isnt it good business to offer some TV for intelligent high earning people? Or is that the purpose of cable channels? Is network TV conceding the best TV to cable? I hope not.


Viperchick May 28, 2013 at 8:52 am

I find your comment rather insulting. I am over 43 years old and college educated. Saying things like TV for intelligent high earning people is rather rude. High earning what does high earning have anything to do with ratings. Anyone over 49 years old is not the demographic they use to predict ratings. The most impacted demographic is 18-49 and they don’t look at your earnings.


Jane May 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I love Smash. It’s my favorite show! Please don’t cancel it…I can’t wait for season 3.


Gail May 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Love this show and it deserves a third season. I look forward to watching it each week. It is
nice to see something without killings and blood. I think it is the best show on the air.


JLev May 9, 2013 at 12:07 am

Please keep this show alive for another season and market it well as shows that are hyping at least one character death in a season finale (five at least on networt tv).



Shonie Schafer May 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

I am sooo mad. There are so few light musical shows for people that are tired of all the reality shows and cop shows. I absolutely love this show and I am not in the typical age demographic as I am over 50. AND moving it to Saturday night, as the rating will attest was like sentencing it to death! Try putting it on earlier in the week!


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