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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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elinor murk March 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

please do not cancle vegas. i dont like golden boy will not watch it. i liked the defenders jearsy girl if you cancle vegas im going to another network.

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TOM March 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

VEGAS IS ONE OF THE GREAT SHOWS, IT IS A MILLION % BETTER THAN G-BOY. TAKE THAT OFF. TELL THE DUMMY WHO SUGGESTED TO TAKE IT OFF TO GO HIDE SOME PLACE. THIS IS THE BEST SHOW WITH GREAT CAST, PLEASE KEEP IT ON. I WATCHED G-BOY ONCE FOR 5 MIN. NEVER AGAIN.

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Ann March 19, 2013 at 12:11 am

Vegas, is a hit with our family. Do not cancel a show that is great.

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The Texan March 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

As always whenever a great show like “Vegas” comes to our TV sets, some moronic young and dumb yuppie pulls the plug and dumps it!!! Come on CBS leave “Vegas” on and fire the idiot yuppie!!!

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dogma March 18, 2013 at 11:25 pm

The “18-49 demographic” is network speak for “A fool and his money are easily parted”. There is a economic reason why advertisers want the “demo” (even though people between 45 and 65 now make MORE income than people between 18-44). If Vegas had 30 million over 50, and zero 18-49 viewers watched it, it would still be cancelled. Every major network but NBC is down in VIEWERSHIP – especially in the 18-49 – (and NBC is only up because it’s previous years ratings were sooo pathetic)…for the past 5 years. Cable has lost viewership too. Folks 18 – 25 simply don’t watch much TV (Can you say the-in-ter-net?). And more than 60% of viewers have DVR’s now. Note to the oh-so smart TV exec’s and Ad buyers: Viewers DO NOT watch DVR’d commercials!) This is a industry that will suffer the same fate as Fax machines, book stores and travel agencies have within the next 10 years. I really like Vegas, but I also understand the economics of a industry in a death spiral.

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Flo March 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Please do not cancel Vegas but I also like Golden Boy. Put Boy on Friday. Friday is getting to be a very good night. I do a lot of taping and I think the older demographics are doing the same. Give shows a break and a little show time……………

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Carol March 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I don’t like Golden Boy at all and really miss Vegas.

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KS March 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Ditto. “Golden Boy” is so sadly meaningless. “Vegas” is one of the three TV series I enjoy. The other two are “NCIS” (original) and “CSI: New York.” Maybe it’s the cast members . . . ? I miss “Vegas” badly!! Keep it or lose everything real!

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chris minich March 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Only an idiot would cancel Vegas. Great show with a first rate cast and storyline. It takes time for people to dicover a show.

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Jennie Grimmett March 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Please do not cancel Vegas!! I love it!

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Roy March 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE “VEGAS” CONTINUE NEXT SEASON.. I ENJOY THE SERIES AND HATE TO SEE ONE OF THOSE “SIT-COMS” THAT ARE JUNIOR HIGHISH REPLACE IT..

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Jack March 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

Enjoy the show Vegas. Do “NOT” like “golden boy”!!!!!

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Deborah March 18, 2013 at 3:14 am

My family loves Vegas. The whole premise is different from any other TV show out there. It brings back memories of the 60s and we have really missed it these last few weeks. Hope it isn’t cancelled. It sure beats all those silly sit-c0ms CBS airs.

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Sherry March 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Please don’t cancel Vegas..I enjoy it very much.

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Bob March 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Really enjoy Vegas. Great entertainment value

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Jeanette March 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Vegas is great. I really don’t want it to be cancelled.

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