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. PAUL ABALOS says

    Please renew VEGAS. It is well written & well acted. & see during am era I can identify with. I watch both NCIS programs & VEGAS on
    Tues. All my favorite programs are on CBS & VEGAS is my most favorite.

  2. Mike says

    Vegas is an outstanding show and I was extremely disappointed to see that it was being canceled. It’s one of the best shows on TV now. Golden Boy is annoyingly lame. If it’s not renewed, that will be one less hour a week I will watch CBS.

  3. Jo says

    I look forward to every Tuesday night to enjoy NCIS and VEGAS. Vegas is well written, exciting, and refreshing as opposed to Golden Boy . The cast could not be better – they are all an excellent selection whose talents and personalities compliment one another. Please do not cancel this show.

  4. JAMcfar says

    Vegas is one of the few shows I look forward to seeing. Not the same old New York cops and bad guys show. It has excitement and a great cast.

  5. Gerry says

    This is one of the few shows in the week that I look forward to seeing. I can’t believe that it doesn’t have higher ratings.

  6. J.A. Bowie says

    This is one of the best shows that’s been on TV in recent years — the writing is truly head and shoulders above most other shows. It has a grit, realism and pacing that ring very true to life and yet, are dramatic and riveting. The entire cast is excellent and once again, infuse their roles w/ truthfulness and real credibility. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW!!!! Compared to Vegas, Golden Boy is very tired and ho hum!

  7. J.A. Bowie says

    This is one of the best shows that’s been on TV in recent years — the writing is truly head and shoulders above most other shows. It has a grit, realism and pacing that ring very true to life and yet, are dramatic and riveting. The entire cast is excellent and once again, infuse their roles w/ truthfulness and real credibility. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW!!!! Compared to Vegas, Golden Boy is very tired and ho hum!

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