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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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{ 604 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob March 25, 2013 at 12:52 am

Love the show and time period and settings and music. Keep the show and go for anmother season. It will be a good show before “blue bloods.”


Jerry Hale March 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Keep Vega. There is enough reallity crap on already.


Vickie March 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Keep Vegas!! My folks love it; my husband and I both love it!!!


Gary M Franklin Sr March 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Put ‘VEGAS’ back 0n at 7:00C on Tuesdays or LOSE VIEWERS, make your own bed CBS TV you can be replaced……….


Garyb M Franklin Sr March 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm

If CBS CANCELS the show ‘VEGAS’ with Dennis Quaid it will be commiting a CRIME against every loyal CBS TV VIEWER THERE IS and I will QUIT WATCHING CBS AFTER 60 YEARS as a viewer. IF that does happen CBS TV NEEDS TO GET THEIR HEAD OUT OF THEIR ‘POSTIEROR.’


Jim and Jo Lauter March 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm

KEEP IT! This is a terrific show !!!!! Get rid of Golden Boy . . . Keep VEGAS!


George March 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Keep Vegas. There is potential there. I need to get caught up but I feel it is a deserving show.


RC March 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Keep Vegas get rid of the stupid Golden Boy farce….can’t compare with NCIS,etc


RC March 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Keep Vegas and get rid of Golden Boy……couldn’t get into theGB. Vegas is going to do better….and it is fun to see how Vegas used to look when the Rat Pack was there. ( i remember it all like yesterday…what a difference it is today.


Tammy March 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I love Vegas!! I dont know why they always want to take the good shows off and leave crappy ones on! I hope Vegas continues, it would be a real shame if it did not.


Richard Ward March 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Vegas is an excellent show, and the ones responsible for replacing it with Golden Boy, should get a job as a cook at McDonalds. Golden Boy is a without a doubt a stupid show, and has no resembleness to real police work. Vegas shows in a theatrical way what Vegas could have been like in the 60’s. Most of us who were adults back then remember Vegas was a haven for mobsters. Bring Vegas back and keep it there.


Jerry Schmidt March 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Keep Vegas and get rid of golden boy. Vegas was a good show. Please put it back on.


pat March 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Keep Vegas


Gordon March 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

dropping vegas in favor of golden boy was a big mistake you have lost my viewing for that time slot


lennis March 24, 2013 at 1:23 am

This is one of the best shows on television. If this show is cancelled I will be so disappointed. Golden Boy is the real disappointment. I was so hyped after the first show then it just sat there.


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