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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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Antoinette April 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

I love Smash! When the show started and there was all the competition for the part of Marilyn, it was okay. When Karen won the part and Ivy was kicked off the show, it suffered a little in m opinion. Yet, when Karen and Derek quit Bombshell and ended up working on an off broadway show, ans Ivy took back over the lead, I felt both story lines became stronger. I think I enjoyed it more as the season went on, and I truly hope they will bring it back for another season.


Donna April 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Please do not cancel the show, the talent is great, and the story line is just starting to unfold!!


Megan April 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Don’t cancel this show!!!


Marlene April 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

This show is fantastic. Megan Hilty is such a strong performer- triple threat. I think that this season, the storyline started going in different directions and seemed to lack coordination. This show is worth renewing. Anjelica Huston is tremendous in her role. Work on the writing, and continue the fabulous singing and dancing.


Terri April 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Love this show! Please do not cancel.


Please renew!!!! We love this show!!! Great for the whole family! April 18, 2013 at 11:43 am

Please do not cancel this show! It is great entertainment and a wonderful cast. It deserves better publicity and marketing.


Garry April 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

Fantastic talent and music and production

Please RENEW It!!!

NBC is shooting itself in the foot yet again!


Beverley April 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Please don’t cancel this show! Finally I have a program that I look forward to each week and when it ends I’m immediately eager to see the next one. I love that we finally have a show about the exciting world of Broadway. The music is fantastic and it’s a great drama
Please renew it for a third season!!


Cherie April 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I agree. I love this show and think they should have kept it after the Voice.


Donna April 16, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Ratings went down when it was moved to Tuesday this season. Why wouldn’t they keep it in a time slot where it was working!


Susan April 15, 2013 at 11:36 pm

I love Smash!!!!! Please do not cancel it!!!! This is one show that ican enjoy with my teenaged daughter and find we are both invested in the characters. My mom loves it too. You finally hit a winner across three generations! Keep it going!


carrie lensner April 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Love Smash and it was not a good move to put it on Saturday night. I tivo i t if I have to
go out. Love Derek, think he is the best thing in the entire show. I think by now he and Karen should have gotten together. I 100% think the show deserves a 3rd season that is
on during the week and not 10 at night. Give the show a fair chance because it is a great
show. If NBC does not pick it up hopefully another station will. Love Love the show.


Cathy April 15, 2013 at 4:45 am

I really like this show please don’t cancel it yet give it a chance.


ann April 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm

i like this show….and considering that Whitney is even in the running should mean that smash gets an automatic rewnewal.


Laurie April 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Still waiting for my post so I thought it prudent to add that the show Splash obviously must have so much more to offer, YEAH RIGHT!!!!!!!!


Laurie April 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

It seems that if I like a show it is destined to be cancelled. This is such a refreshing change from the usual trash offered and like Brothers and Sisters, among others, I will no longer be able to escape from the humdrum reality shows with a variety of song, dance and drama. I beg NBC to reconsider and get it back on a night that will provide an audience.


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