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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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Carl October 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

I liked the show. I mainly watch it on Hulu since watching hell’s kitchen but with the amount of bleeps on the show, going to switch to watching this instead. Has the right amount of action but does need that show clincher to keep us going. Love Gugu and her American accent is great. Please keep it. Haven’t had a show with two black leads.


Thea September 29, 2010 at 9:41 am

I am greatly disapointed with this series. I was really looking forward to it, and was very proud of NBC for offering a series with two African American leads. However, watching it was going to the dentist. Every scene was like having a shot of novacain. Sorry! I could barely get through it, as a matter of fact, I don’t even remember the ending! I wanted to like it, but the show lacks EVERYTHING. The only bright spot were the two Co-Stars. I think this will be the second series to be cancelled after Lone Star. Sorry…..RIP!


Michele September 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Loved it! Glam, fast paced, hot actors. Definitely move to 9 or 10.


bj September 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Too corny!! Too predicatable eventhough it was full of action.Hate to see it cancelled. Maybe a little revamping would help. Hope the network will give it a chance.


Cassie September 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I think it is a mediocre series. I would like to see more action involved in the storyline. It is too predictable for me, but I am going to give it a chance and see what happens on the next few episodes. I am a little intrigued to find out why they were hired back, though. So, that and the fact that there are two African Americans as the main characters is enough to keep me watching.


Craig September 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Gugu Raw is about the best actor name I have seen in ages outside of pro wrestling, but the show’s name is a much better representation of the boring and cheesy quality of this show.


Jeremy Rynek September 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I must say I disagree Kim. Maybe a little predictable, but thats it. It was action packed and a little funny. Suspenseful to say the least. I’m glad after ABC dumped Lost J.J. came to NBC with this show and Fringe on Fox. I loved the pilot. It was absolutely great, I really think we got a winner here. The two leads were great together. NBC KEEP IT!!!!


kim shepard September 25, 2010 at 1:38 pm

oh god. i am watching it now. it is SOOOOOOOOOOOO predictable!!! give me a break!
annoyingly fast talking, cool, overly suave couple. i just don’t like them. get rid of it.


G.R September 24, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I liked it. I thought it was very good and look forward to more episodes.


doris mcneal September 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I was really impressed. I don’t remember any 60 min. series that has invested in the type of effects, and locations that I saw on the first episode. i hope that NBC will give this one a chance. Try different time slots. I think this is a 10:00 pm type. My husband, friends, and I are fans already!!! The stars are GORGEOUS and the chemistry is amazing!


Robert September 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

I enjoyed the show. My only problem is with the time slot. Between 8 and 8:30p a lot of people are getting their kids ready for bed like my family does. To be able to watch the entire show I was forced to DVR it. I’ll bet the number of people who recorded it to watch later probably aren’t included in the total viewer number.


lisa September 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

The show was exciting in that the characters seem to be really having fun. The plot was easy to follow even though the were moving around a lot. Some shows have to
Much going on in an episode to hold my attention. Good show keep it.


lisa September 24, 2010 at 11:00 am

Great chemistry between characters. Lot of clean fun energym


Grim_Noir September 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

Let the show build a following and find its audience! NBC needs to keep advertising the heck out of it. It’s on against “Survivor” fer Pete’s sake!


RALPH September 24, 2010 at 10:22 am

Yes, I watched the first episode and enjoyed it very much. If I have any criticism is that it isn’t a bit grittier. With two beautiful leads they could have roughed up the sets and the story telling just a little.


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