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. jim faub says

    We really enjoy watching Vegas and want it to be renewed. It would be an awesome plus to see CBS bring in well known stars as guests. It worked for Gunsmoke and Alfred Hitchcock for oodles of years didn’t it? Come on Vegas! Hang tight!

  2. joanna says

    KEEP IT! we have nothing on tv but reality shows. We love Vegas. Moving it to Friday well who is home on friday night? That is the killer of shows.

  3. Fran Quadri says

    Thank God! My husband and I would have a “date” night every week to watch
    Vegas. We were very upset when it was taken off the air. Here’s to the return of our “dates”.

  4. Jo says

    The show is great. Love watching the style of dress and cars. Finally, something baby boomers can relate to and the young might learn something from.

  5. RALPH says

    I’m with Anne, the previous post, KEEP IT, it’s a heck of a lot better than some of the other shows on air right now.

  6. EJ says

    Why is it that when a show comes up that i really like, like Vegas, the turkeys at the network want to change things. I really enjoy that show and think it should absolutely be renewed. If it is canceled,CBS will lose a lot of points with me.

  7. Dave says

    Vegas is a great action show. Sure beats singers who can not sing, dancers who can not dance and all the other garbage on reality TV!

  8. David Roberts says

    I wish Michael O’Neill would come back as a guest star. I went to college with him and he has appeared in so many TV dramas, always doing an excellent performance.

  9. David Roberts says

    I’m upset with the low ratings this show has gotten. I think the writing is great, actors fit the roles they play, and the 60’s storyline is perfect for a baby boomer like myself. I watched on Tuesdays and will watch the Friday slot since Blue Bloods is my other favorite show on CBS

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