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Vegas: Should the CBS Show Be Cancelled?

Vegas TV show on CBSGoing into the fall season, CBS’ Vegas series was one of the new TV shows with the most buzz. Many people were expecting it to be one of the hits of the season. Has it measured up? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

Airing on Tuesday nights, Vegas takes place in the Las Vegas of the 1960s and revolves around Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid), a former rancher, and his clashes with Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis), a Chicago mobster who moved west to set up his operation. Others in the cast include Carrie-Anne Moss, Taylor Handley, Sarah Jones, and Jason O’Mara.

The show debuted back on September 25th to a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 14.85 million total viewers. While the viewership was strong, CBS was likely expecting a much better demo number — especially considering the show’s high-profile talent, positive reviews, and the show having a strong lead-in like NCIS: Los Angeles.

In week two, the ratings dropped 20%, to a 2.0 rating with 12.11 million. In week four, they dropped another 20%, to a 1.6 rating with 10.8 million.

The numbers have remained fairly steady since then and the 15 episodes that have aired thus far have averaged a 1.7 demo rating with 10.9 million viewers.

While that demo might be enough for a show on NBC, it’s not likely good enough for CBS. Right now, Vegas is one of the network’s lowest-rated weekday series in the demographic which advertisers favor. Vegas has a lot of total viewers but so do many other CBS shows.

Last season, Unforgettable occupied the same timeslot and performed better than Vegas — averaging a 2.3 demo rating and 11.3 million viewers. It was cancelled.

The network ended up making a deal with Sony TV to bring Unforgettable back for a short season this summer and both sides likely made some financial concessions to make that happen. Word is that most of the supporting castmembers have been dropped. A deal like that is not likely to happen with Vegas.

Unless the ratings start to climb, it doesn’t look very likely that Vegas will be back for a second season.

On the positive side, the series will be back on March 19th and there are seven new episodes yet to come.

What do you think? Do you think CBS should cancel Vegas to make way for a new show? Or, should they renew Quaid and company for a second season? If you were running the network, would you change anything try to attract higher ratings?

 

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chris roe March 17, 2013 at 5:49 pm

please bring back vegas that and arrow on a different channel were 2 of the few good new shows that debuted last sept or oct.

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Craig March 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Great show. Real characters, wonderful cast. PLEASE keep this show on the air.

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Cosymaker March 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Love Vegas. My favourite show of the 2012-2013 season. Too many more reality shows about dysfunctional illiterates and I will stop watching Tv completely.

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Shelby Brock March 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Vegas was one of my favorite shows. The only reason I watched CBS was NCIS and Vegas. You didn’t ask me about so how can you say how many people were watching? You didn’t ask my husband or any of my friends or anyone here. How do you judge how many people are watching? We all want Vegas back on the air or we are going to stop watching CBS althgether.

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EDNA March 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I really like this show, Please don’t cancel

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Mrs. L.F. Williams, Jr. March 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Keep Vegas on….it’s one of the very few shows I enjoy and look forward to watching each week!!!

RENEW VEGAS!!!!!!!

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gene&kathy March 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm

My wife and I think this is the best show in quite a long time. Great show, Great cast, can’t say enough good about it.

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Gwen March 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I really enjoyed watching VEGAS. I really like watching CBS on Tuesday nite. Taking Vegas off has ruined that. Please bring it back.

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Susan March 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm

My husband and I really enjoy watching Vegas
It’s something different than the ordinary cop and
robber shows that are now showing. We really hope
it stays on!

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Will March 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Please put Vegas back and move Golden Boy to Friday as planned. Just when a decent show is put on it seems as though it is removed. Shame if it is cancelled.

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Bill March 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Please do not cancel. One of the few shows worth watching.

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Sue Cameron March 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Love the show. Please renew for a second season.Would like to know why only the 18-49 age group matters.

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Joe M March 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I liked Unforgetable and i like Vegas why haven’t these shows been given the writers to bring out their full potential ?? If FX can do it with Justified and you could do it with NCIS and CSI and the GOOD WIFE we have to ask IS this POLITICS ??

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MA SHERER March 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Pope March 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

” VEGAS”!!!!!! Finally a show that has a great cast,great plots,A show that myself my family and all my co-workers look forward and go out our way to watch it every tuesday and CBS cancels it.WE sure hope that some other less greedy network picks it up…CBS you are sure losing a winner of a show……

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