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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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JMRiz April 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm

This show must go on! It is great and wonderfully different. Saturday night isNOT the night for it! Please don’t cancell it.


Maureen April 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

PLEASE do not cancel. The actors are terrific, the music is outstanding. Reality shows are killing me…..we need quality entertainment and this fills that need!


Maureen April 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Love this program! It has drama, backstage scenes, great songs, excellent cast. I look forward to each episode and just purchased the CDs, listening to the music right now. PLEASE keep it on….we need something other than reality and cop shows.


Pam April 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Love, love, love this show! Great musical numbers and great writing. This is a terrific show for those of us who can not get to New York to see Broadway shows periodically. Even my high school students love the show (yes, they are drama students, but still, high school students interested in a fairly educational show?) Must be something to this show. So, so DON’T want Smash cancelled! They just need to focus more on the broadway shows and the difficulty of putting on such shows. The musical numbers are great!


Jeanne April 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I love Smash. The second season is even better than the first. Not everybody has the opportunity to see Broadway shows in person. . The cast is so talented and really fun to watch.


nemo rosa April 25, 2013 at 5:22 am

Absolutely one of my favorite shows, I look forward to it all week, ill be really sad t know its going to be canceled :(


Landon April 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

NBC waited too long to bring the show back for a 2nd season, causing people to forget about it. Not to mention giving it such a late time slot? The first half of the season was a bit of a snooze but the 2nd half has been the best! The show still has a lot of great potential. Especially after the ending of the Opening Night episode. Bring back the drama. Make Ivy pop some more pills and turn someone else into a homewrecker….WE LIVE FOR IT! And for the love of all that is holy….DON’T AIR THE EPISODES WHEN EVERYONE’S FALLING ASLEEP!


grady birt April 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Don’t cancel. Best show on television.


Gabrielle April 24, 2013 at 2:26 am

“Like” @Don’tCancelSmash on Facebook to sign the petition and get updates on how the show is doing and different ways to save the show!!


John April 24, 2013 at 1:52 am

It seems like whenever NBC gets a great show, the go And do everything in their power to destroy and cancel it. With any luck another station will step in and save this show if NBC doesn’t renew it.


Michael April 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

Please renew! This is a show that multiple generations can enjoy together! Stop giving us the tripe that you having been dishing out for years.


Billie Lindstead April 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Please renew, its probably one of the better shows, I am tired of all the reality crap!!!!!!


Janine Jones April 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

NBC ruins shows ratings by leaving huge gaps between episodes, moving shows around to different time slots and not allowing any continuity or time for a fan base to build. This show ran into problems in the second season to some poor plot line decisions, but the last two episodes (especially the last one) was back on track. I hope they renew but I fear they have already ruined what had the potential for a great long running show. Too bad!


Char April 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Please renew. One of the best shows on tv. Talent is amazing and this is one show on tv that is not trash.


Georgia April 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

NBC caused this show to fail. Sad, sad, sad. Such a great show. My DVR was so confused by the time change, it didn’t record it. Fortunately, watched it On Demand. Will sure miss this show. Shame on NBC!!!


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