Undercovers: A New Spy Action Series for NBC; Cancel or Keep It?

UndercoversThough NBC’s action/comedy series Chuck has found a devoted audience, the size of the show’s audience hasn’t been big enough to ensure its survival year to year. Now, the network’s trying a more traditional spy series in Undercovers. How will this one fare? A big success or a candidate for quick cancellation?

Undercovers revolves around a married pair of former spys who are pulled back into service after their close friend goes missing. The new series features the talents of Boris Kodjoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mekia Cox, Carter MacIntyre, Gerald McRaney, and Ben Schwartz.

The premiere of Undercovers attracted a disappointing 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.7 million total viewers. That put the new show in fourth place in the coveted demo and in third place for viewership. It’s certainly a disappointing start, especially if you consider a new show’s premiere is usually as good as the ratings are going to get.

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On the positive side, viewership did rise a bit as the hour progressed. That’s generally a good sign that it won’t lose much steam for episode two. Unfortunately, the numbers aren’t very good to begin with.

To put this in perspective, Mercy premiered in the same timeslot last year and got a 2.3 in the demo and 8.38 million viewers. As you may recall, that show was cancelled after one season and only lasted as long as it did because of The Jay Leno Show fiasco and NBC’s need for original programming.

TV show supportUnless Undercovers bucks the trend and starts to attract some more viewers, it looks like this one will be cancelled after one season as well.

So, what do you think? Did you watch Undercovers? Why do you think it’s not attracting viewers?

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  1. PHgil says

    How can the multitudinous no. of re-reuns compare with a fine series, UNDERCOVERS?
    Put it back on. NBC needs it, we enjoy it. We buy .

  2. Sharon says

    I believe Undercovers would have been successful if it had been placed on the USA Network lineup. NBC should consider moving it to its affliate rather than show so many reruns of Law and Order.

  3. Suzie says

    It is a great show. It’s fun, hillarious and they are so sexy. But you know how we do. Can’t show no love for black folks on TV unless they are robbing, raping, killing, getting into the back of police cars or making fools of themselves. Not all black folks are a joke. Get a clue!

    • Rene says

      You are right. I think the only draw back is the obvious attempt by producers to insert unnecessary levels of comedy at awkward times, reducing what should have been a serious drama (secret-service version of law & Order for example) to a level of silliness that was almost annoying. I love comedies, and humor is always a plus in any production; but if a sitcom was the objective, they should have just produced a sitcom. However I will miss the show if it is cancelled, and I think Gugu is very beautiful.

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