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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 }

Louise May 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I totally LOVE this show, and always watch it on Hulu Plus. I love the characters, the music, the drama! PLEASE don’t cancel this show! Really….


Lee May 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm

It’s refreshing to hear new music and excellent acting on network tv. I hope that NBC does not kill an excellent show to be replaced by another sad and repetitive reality or comedy series.


june bannister May 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm

don’t cancel this show please. the actors are wonderful and the music is something that is missing on tv. there are so many of us out there that like musicals, please give us something to watch.


Linda F May 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I agree that Smash is a wonderful addition and want to see season 3. The first few episodes of the second season dragged with too many plots. I likes season 1 much better. One reason is all of the wonderful music along with the plot. Ivy is fantastic and I am glad that she is back as Marilyn. Hit List is also good, but do not like some of the new characters and Karen in that setting. Keep Smash going for season 3> Bring back to a prime night! Wonderful show with great characters!


Dee May 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Not a show goes by that your feelings are not stirred. Good show seems those are the ones that get cancelle. Music is awesome. Great story lines.


Lorie May 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Let’s see – watch REAL talent or watch reality TV trash? Um, REAL talent please! Don’t take away Smash from those of us who prefer REAL to reality!!! And I too watch it on DVR, faithfully!


Rachel M May 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Smash is my favorite how right now, and I would be sad to see it go! (Especially after that last show!)


Rachel Gist May 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm

2.28 million can’t be wrong. Save smash. Seriously the most imaginative show unlike anything else…. I haven’t even watched last Saturdays yet because I have to watch all my weekly shows on one day via DVR. Don’t cancel save smash.


Patty May 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

We love Smash…we don’t always see it when aired.But we watch it on a DVR type viewing. Please don’t cancel it. FINALLY a show with real talent..instead of these idiotic reality shows.


Momof1toomany May 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I watch this show on Hulu Plus. I have NEVER seen it during whatever “regular” time it is. I am too busy with kids & house, but I indulge in this during my lunch break. I am so sad if it is cancelled. I wonder if they do take into account those that DVR it, & those (like me) that watch it later on Hulu….


Daniel May 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Hi! so here is how TV networks work, the network needs to get money to even produce the shows, so for this they need advertising (e.g coke commercials etc) so for all of Smash’s breaks if only say 1.5 million are watching, nobody wants to really invest. they probably do realise what people are doing, but because DVR allows you to fast forward through ads and most internet ones don’t include any, they’re losing commercial backing.



Christine May 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

We love Smash…please don’t cancell. Finally something so the music and storyline. It would be a huge disappointment. It is so good to have some diversity from the depressing murders, silly realities. We need this option in our TV entertainment options!


Jessica May 6, 2013 at 1:35 am

I really like this show hate the idea of it not being picked back up for another season! Moving it to saturday didn’t help ratings at all bc alot of ppl I’m sure like myself had no idea it was being moved! Hope NBC changes their minds and keeps this show


Tiffany May 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I love Smash! Please don’t cancel it! I have been watching since it started. And I have loved it since episode one. Please keep the show going.


elizabeth May 5, 2013 at 6:02 am

smash is amazing. it has everything. it shows real talent and has the perfect amount of drama. please dont cancel it! D:


Heather May 5, 2013 at 2:32 am

Don’t cancel SMASH. Love this show!! It’s a great musical show and I don’t get why these kindof shows get canceled. How do we keep it alive?? Please keep it for another season.


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