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. Donald Marsee says

    Please don’t cancel the show it is the only damn show worth watching anymore.Nothing but garbage on T.V. anymore.

  2. Anonymous says

    one of the beswt shows on tv now you are cancelling it. so now there isnt any thing to watch on cbs now it is all abunch of garbage. tv now days is not worth waching

  3. says

    My name is Patsy Davis and I live in Charlotte, N.C. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL “VEGAS”! I LOVE THAT SERIES AND MISS IT. IT IS ONE OF THE BEST TV SERIES THERE IS. DON’T CANCEL THE SHOW. WHEN WILL IT BE AIRED AGAIN? I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR IT!

  4. cheryle king says

    The show Vegas is so different from the other predictable cops & robbers on TV, we really look forward to watching it. Hope it’s not cancelled.

  5. VALLEY STREAM NY says

    Waitaminnit! CBS is canceling Vegas in favor of Golden Boy? Losing a great cast, a terrific story line, super locale… In favor of a second rate cop show with less believability than the Earth is flat and a cardboard main character? Aw, come on! If I want a good cop show, I’ll watch Southland … New and reruns. (And I ‘m a native New Yorker).

    BRING BACK VEGAS, you jerks!

  6. rose ann roth says

    love it keep it on ,dennis and micheal are the best at what they do. crime is everywhere read the papers, i love that show would like to do a walk on those times in vegas there show are so real.

  7. rose ann roth says

    why would you cancel vegas, its not we havent seen killing before, after all look at chicago, keep it on take off some of the other crap. why let a good deal go bad.cacel golden boy, or survior weve seen enough of that ,keep it on

  8. Anonymous says

    BRING IT BACK – it beats some of the other junk that is on TV now – like the living dead and any vampire or sitcom – really what do the baby boomers want to see – junk or something the can relate to???

  9. Rogelia Simoes says

    Please do not cancel the show! we love this show! has been missed at our household! even my teenager son loved it.

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