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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  1. Bill says

    Give the show a chance. Moving it to different day and time might help. How about Friday Night at 9:00 PM Eastern. If Undercover Boss goes away (permanently) and Vegas has a better lead-in show, it may have a good shot. Might actually be a good lead-in to Blue Bloods.
    The cast is well known and the storyline was getting better each week.
    PS…Bring back CHAOS CBS!

  2. Greg Harper says

    This is a great show and should not be cancelled. The networks need to give shows a chance to catch on before yanking them. That’s very frustrating by the way networks.

  3. Harley H. Thompson says

    I enjoy the show. Do NOT cancel. We love watching it. Love the time it is set in and seeing all the old cars.

  4. Steve Brown says

    I don’t watch much network tv, however, I really loved Vegas. I always recorded each episode if I could’nt see it in its appointed time slot. How did Golden Boy ever make it in Vegas place? Very dissapointed in Portland.

  5. Mike Stewart says

    I’ve never been a fan of Chiklis and barely a fn of Quaid…….until Vegas. I considered this the best new show of the season and missed no episodes. I have several friends who felt the same. If CBS ditches this series I can do without CBS.

  6. Paula RYan says

    We loved Vegas!! I sure beats all the reality shows on every channel.. Give it another chance next fall .. Or have a finale!!

  7. says

    Long and short of it, vegas is one of the few shows that have a gritty lineup with a good story line…. don’t know why the people don’t get it, however give it a little longer as it will catch on.

  8. Angela Trimble says

    Please bring Vegas back. Great show and cast. Please, please don’t cancel my hole family loves the show. Thank you from the Trimbles, Millers, Ferlitos, Reiters families.

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