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. gail says

    Smash is a great show. Moving it to Saturday was a mistake, but I tivo it so I can still watch it. It is a very different show and it is not blood and guts which I am so sick of. Love the
    characters and Megan Hilty and Katherine Mcphee have such beautiful voices. I think NBC
    is nuts to cancel it. I am not sure if they know what they are doing anyway by bringing Jimmy Fallon to step in for Jay Leno. It did not work with Conan who is so much better than
    Fallon. If they cancel Smash hopefully another smarter network will pick it up and give it a
    better time slot. GREAT SHOW!

  2. Marilyn says

    This show is very underrated and under appreciated…when I think of the gratuitously violent shows like ‘The Following’…and HANNIBAL.?? Really? Give us something that doesn’t make us cringe. And, you know what?? If BOMBSHELL were to open on Broadway, I would go see it! The music in SMASH is THAT GOOD….

    NBC… are you listening??

  3. E Paterson says

    I LOVE SMASH. I really loved the first season. It was great and exciting and you got invested in the characters. Season Two, they tried to make it better, but it lacked warmth. Too many characters seemed to make it harder to concentrate on any relationship. I finally love the last episode where Bobbshell opens and Karen and Ivy connect again. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW. I did not even realize that it was moved. I found it by accident. I think my biggest complaint with season Two is that there was not nearly enough Katherine McFee. I love Julia and others, but I would tune in just to watch and listen to McFee.

  4. I Hardin says

    I really enjoy Smash. When I found out that it was no longer going to be on TV, I thought why? I enjoy the show. I find each week that a friend, who also watches Smash, and I talking over what happened, and what we think might happen next. I realize that networks base decisions on ratings; however, maybe networks should find a way to take into consideration people, like myself, who do not go out of their way to express themselves. Making a comment, like now, is very rare for me. I just hope Smash will be continued.

  5. says

    Every time you start off with a show that is halfway good you wind up cancelling it. Some of the shows that are out there are not worth watching. Even some of the comedy shows are not funny. Believe it or not there are some of us who are MATURE and some of us who love music. If there are over a million people watching this show it is doing well. After all maybe there are a lot of folks not watching tv anymore because you all keep taking the good shows off the air and putting some inane show on. Give the public a break. Reality shows are NOT reality. Some of us are sick of them. Just because the public followed one good reality show doesn’t mean we have to have all reality shows now. Keep SMASH at least for one more year and see how it is doing. Close it out properly. Seem like you can’t make up your mind for viewing time about alot of your shows.

  6. Peg Cardinal says

    Nielsen has this one wrong. Smash is quality television. I do not watch much on NBC and if they cancel Smash, it will destroy any desire I have to give NBC another look. NBC might want to consider something other than Nielsen as a standard. It is inaccurate and outdated.

  7. Jennifer says

    I LOVE this show! I had no idea it had even been moved to Saturdays until a few days ago. I always watch it “On Demand”. Please please please don’t cancel! I love the Broadway show story, and this show deserves another season (at least!). The music is amazing and I’d love to see how Gatsby pans out. Smash is a keeper for sure!

  8. Michael Hamilton says

    You know, it’s time to give Neilsen the boot. They no longer represent the American public in it’s entirety because America has changed since the Neilsen inception. It would be much more effective to program cable and satellite boxes nationwide and get a REAL rating based on true viewership, with added ratings from DVR and on Demand figured in with Internet viewing. It would be a massive undertaking, but allowing a small percentage to decide like they have been doing, with so many different types of viewing media out there, is truly outdated and needs to be changed. A good case for this IS Smash. I know TONS of people who still watch it, but they DVR it, and they aren’t Neilsen families. Why don’t their viewing habits count?

  9. Casey Colgan says

    It is one of the only tv shows I watch. Please do NOT cancell this show!
    BRING ON THE GREAT GATSBY!

  10. Jan says

    Best show..the last half of session 2 much better than the first!! Please keep for another season!, Gatsby! Karen and Dereck!,

  11. says

    A month ago, I started this Facebook page, Don’t Cancel SMASH, with about 140 supporters. As of today, we are up to 18,212 supporters, and it grows every day.

    The Nielsen ratings are antiquated. I myself am not a typical Nielsen household. NBC’s demographic is totally wrong. This show spans ages 17 to 90. We have people from all walks of life, all ages, from the US, Canada, Europe and South America who have expressed their concern about this show not being given another season.

    Finally, NBC has given us quality entertainment that the entire family can watch. It’s not a cop show, medical show, or even worse, another reality show. Their obvious choice for Smash’s Tuesday time slot was the ill-fated Ready for Love, which as we all know, was gone after episode 2.

    NBC should come to our Facebook page and read the comments. There are many, many people out there who still want a quality show to watch who don’t fit into their antiquated 18-49 age group and who aren’t Nielsen households.

    Thank you.

  12. David-Henry says

    Just watched this weeks episode…i was totally suprised it was on today…I stumbled accrossed it…Thank goodness…If this show is cancelled… I will loose all respect for NBC and I will have to let people know…as an actor and an artist…this show demonstrates all the qualities that we need. I have an audition for a NBC and CBS show, and I need to respect my networks

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