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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  1. Magda says

    This is by far my favorite show. I keep the recordings so that I can watch them again. I love the story, the music, the singing and dancing. They are all so talented. Please, please don’t cancel it. Perhaps it would do better at a different spot – after The Voice, maybe?

  2. Debi says

    I watched the show faithfully every week from the very beginning of the series, I was not happy when they switched the show to Saturday, that pretty much sunk the show. Many people DVR the show like we do and watch it sometimes a day or 2 after it airs, I wonder if the networks take that into consideration. It never ceases to amaze me that the same old reality and other stupid garbage shows keep getting renewed and when the networks finally air something fresh and interesting it gets the boot. I’m tired of getting interested in a show only to have it cancelled. I think I’m done with watching any new series from now on. I’ll stick to some news shows and watch movies instead….

    • Anonymous says

      Amen! Very aggravated that all shows that are actually not filled with trash gets cancelled. The concept of the show is great! Love the music!

  3. Angie says

    Please please please do not cancel Smash!!!! I love it so much and really look forward to it. I DVR it each week and watch it when I can. I’ll be so sad to see it go. Please give us another year!

  4. brianna says

    The biggest mistake they made was putting it on Saturday s because it is one of my moms and my favorite shows. There isn’t any musical s out unless you count the voice or american idol than yes we have musical s on at this time. Other than that I believe it should have one more season to get it all wrapped up to give viewers good closer! By the way im 28 my mom is 56 and my dad is 66 so it appeal s to a big age group demographic if you ask me.

  5. Lisa says

    I love the show. It is by far my favorite.
    Please renew it. Put it on a better night at 9:00.
    Ten is too late for people and Saturday people are busy.
    I never miss an episode and dvr it and watch it again.
    Love Jack Davenport!

  6. laura says

    Please don’t cancel smash it is one of the best shows I have ever watched the reason why it isent getting that many ratings is because there aren’t allot of people who appreciate this kind of work or music. Take out a show who isent worth it like stupid reality shows who only makes people be bad and ruins there life… but smash is different it gives people like me hope for the real world of Broadway and it has motivated me to actually keep auditioning for shows please don’t cancel smash it is absolutely brilliant.

  7. lem says

    I think the show is super. Such an amazing, talented cast. The show is entertaining with beautiful music. The failure of this series in ratings says more about the literacy (rather lack thereof) of the television viewing public, than about the show. Thanks NBC for givng us two years of superb entertainment with Smash. How about trying again with this show? Yes, the plot could be tightened some. But really, this program with it’s wonderful cast is a pleasure to watch. Another year would make me very happy.

  8. Smash Fanatic says

    PLEASE don’t cancel Smash. It is my favorite show and, I think with a better time slot it will gain viewership. At least give it one more season because the “Save Smash” campaign is picking up steam!

  9. Simone says

    Smash is absolutely brilliant and I’m still a fan even though it lost its edge in Season 2. McPhee is like a plastic doll with a voice, and the bad boy stereotype in Jimmy just began to grate after 3 episodes. It started out as a great show for grown-ups (unlike so many other music oriented shows today) but sold out and went adolescent with the juvenile romance/crush and ‘poor me’ story lines. Get rid of these and it can be a great show again!

  10. Christina Pepper says

    Please don’t cancel smash. It’s my favorite show on! If a show makes me cry and this last show did its a good one! Please keep it on the air!

  11. jan says

    I love this show!!! I never got into Glee but still love a great musical show. The characters are great and the talent is even better. I hope Spielberg doesn’t give up on this one!!

  12. gillian says

    Do not cancel Smash. I love this show. The beginning of the new season started off a little rocky but picked back up quickly. I am so hooked on this show because it is Glee for adults. Smash is awesome DO NOT CANCEL SMASH!

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