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Vegas: No Good News or Ratings on Friday

Vegas TV show on CBS cancelled soon?If fans of CBS’ Vegas were hoping for some good news for the struggling series, it didn’t come last night. The TV show is even more certain to be cancelled now.

Vegas was one of the most-anticipated news shows of the 2012-13 season but, for whatever reason, it hasn’t done very well in the ratings.

Airing on Tuesday nights, Vegas premiered to a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 14.85 million total viewers. It lost 20% of its viewership in week two and the numbers never went back up. After 15 episodes, it was garnering a 1.5 in the demo and 9-10 million. The total viewership is positive but CBS needs shows with better advertiser-friendly demo numbers.

The original plan was to launch Golden Boy in Vegas’ timeslot for a couple weeks and then move it to Fridays to take CSI: NY’s former timeslot. Golden Boy was performing better than Vegas so they decided to shift the latter to Fridays instead.

While this could be seen as a bad sign for Vegas, it actually represented a new chance for the drama to prove itself. It’s a good match for Blue Bloods and key demo expectations are lower are Friday nights.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be working out. Last night at 9pm, Vegas drew a meager 0.9 demo rating with 7.59 million viewers. Both Undercover Boss (at 8pm) and Blue Bloods (at 10pm) did significantly better, a sign that viewers switched the channel rather than tune in to watch Vegas.

If there’s any hope left for Vegas, it looks like that it’s quickly evaporating.

What do you think? Should CBS keep trying to make Vegas work or should they cancel it now?

 

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Lilo Bernheisel April 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

I love this show, it is my favorite show! My sister and I call each other up the next day to talk about it.
Give it a chance and show the reruns this summer, people will watch. There is hardly anything to watch on TV as it is. Now this could be taken off. Give it a chance!!!

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yvette April 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

keep it, I love this show, the era is one of the finish, fashion , class, and when Vegas was for the adults. I don’t know who decides but they need to take a better look at what people like.keep the show..

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janette April 20, 2013 at 10:24 pm

It is one of the best TV programs on. Please, please, don’t cancel it. It’s a program the whole family can watch, with the exception of very small children…… unlike many programs today. Vegas and Blue Bloods are our favorite programs.

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Randy Balasky April 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

So reading up about all the reasons to cancel Vegas it seems like the main one is b/c the successful viewership is too old for advertisers. What a load of crap. This is a really cool show and I think it was perfect right before Blue Bloods.My family didn’t change the channel those few Friday nights.

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Linda Thomas April 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I cannot believe you would be stupid enough to cancel a great show like Vegas, and keep that totally scripted reality show Undercover Boss. WOW!

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Ray dalpo April 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Maybe last nights showing was poor because the DVD recorded Vegas, but the actual show recorded was Hawaii 5-0. Now trying to find ep. 16 so I can watch it.

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Judy Judy April 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

We love “Vegas.” Leave it on Fridays and give it a chance. Quit moving it around. There aren’t that many good shows to watch, so promote it instead of giving it the axe. I get so tired of investing in a show, then “the powers that be” kill it.

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Dave T April 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

Vegas is a great show but it needs more time to develop and it’s perfect on Fridays right before Blue Bloods. These executives don’t know a good show when they see one. It seems to me that I remember another show a few years back that started with low ratings but at least one executive had enough brains to keep the show going even with the low initial ratings….Oh that show by the way turned out to be one of the greatest shows of all time I believe only second to I love lucy…the show Seinfeld.

These executives now a days don’t know when they have a good show all they look at is the numbers and then cancel the show if it doesnt match what they want it to. many of the greatest all time shows started slowly and if not given time would have never achieved success. Sometimes you have to go with your gut and not your bank account. LEAVE VEGAS ALONE…and it will do well on Fridays.

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wayne h April 14, 2013 at 1:13 am

Vegas is a great show, give it time or maybe promote it more. Great cast good story.

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J.T. April 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

VEGAS IS ONE OF THE BEST NEW SERIES ON TV. GIVE IT SOME MORE TIME AS THE SHOW DESERVES IT. IT HAS GREAT ACTORS AND ENOUGH ACTION TO KEEP IT INTERESTING. MOVING IT TO FRIDAY’S WAS A REAL DUMB IDEA, GOING UP AGAINST BLUE BLOODS NO SHOW CAN COMPETE AGAINST IT. REAL SMART CANCEL THIS GOOD SHOW AND THEN YOU CAN ADD ANOTHER STUPID REALITY SHOW IN ITS PLACE.

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Evie Marie April 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I LOVE “Vegas” Show …..it won’t hurt anyone 2 give it some more time.
Ratings will get better and leave it on “same” nite ; no more switching

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Dianne Torres April 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I like the show just give it a chance it hasn’t had a chance to develope

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David Flores April 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Vegas was doing well on Tuesday nights. Give the Show a chance on Friday. It has only been two weeks and has averaged in the top 21 on Tuesdays. Remember Golden Boy had a 21 rank on Friday, although second run episode.
Keep Vegas on Friday and order 8-10 episodes for next season, and see how it runs.

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Julie April 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm

We LOVE “Vegas” and were disappointed when they began moving the program around. Now that it’s on on Fridays, right before “Blue Bloods”, we are hoping they will leave it alone to develop a following. Don’t know what’s wrong with TV executives, but they don’t seem to understand that moving a show and interrupting it for something as ridiculous as college basketball is death to a show.

“Vegas” is a great show, and it should be given time, in the same time slot, to develop and audience. We certainly hope they leave it where it is, and that they don’t cancel it.

Truly, there is so little worth watching on television these days that when they pull a favorite show we find ourselves doing a lot more reading, playing cards with friends, etc. These executives are killing television.

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K.O. Keller April 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

All and all the show Vegas is a very good sitcom and really needs to keep going. You can’t just blow it a way. It should remain on the air to support more action on the love life of Jack and Dixson and going after more more scary mob bosses.

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