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. Soccer mom says

    LOVE this show! Love the retro look and feel of the episodes! Don’t cancel it, please! It’s so refreshing to have something different from all the reality, singing, and silly sitcoms to watch! Give it a good, consistent time slot and don’t leave month gaps between episodes and I would bet this show will find a following! Give it a chance!!!

  2. Linda says

    Love this show and totally hooked. Sick of all those stupid reality shows. Give it a chance and quit moving it around. And just when it’s starting to get good!!

  3. Sue says

    CBS – do not cancel this show. I love the retro, the mob and the old Vegas. I’m sick and tired of all the CSI and NCIS in various cities, the reality shows, the singing shows. I suppose Chiklis was promoting Vegas on a local radio station this week as a last attempt to draw viewers? Why does the viewer polling stop at age 49 for ratings? Do people stop watching TV when they reach 50? Give It a Chance!!!

  4. jon says

    Really enjoy the show, so I hope it will stay on the air with many new episodes for many years to come. Thank you.

  5. Jj says

    Love Vegas!!!! Well written, well acted, just great!!! Please don’t cancel it!!!! Just put it in a time slot and leave it alone. Advertise it during Mad Men, and they will follow…..

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  7. Anonymous says

    This is the best series on T.V. this year. Well written and acted. Give it a chance to gain steam. It would be a big mistake to cancel. Love it!

  8. says

    my wife and love this show and i have friends and family that watch it too we always talk about the episodes when we talk

  9. Andrea says

    Love this show. Interesting stories filled with well acted, intelligent characters. Give this show time and a loyal audience will develop. There are too many boring reality shows out there. Please keep this high quality, well written show for viewers to enjoy!

  10. GG says

    I love this show and the characters! I hope they give it a chance at a second season!! Love the look and feel of a Las Vegas most people never knew and now never will!!!

  11. Debbie says

    My husband and I both enjoy the show and look forward to watching each week, that being said it is rare that both of us like the same show I would miss the show and our time watching it together. Also love the music, give it a chance to develop and gain more loyal fans.

  12. Betty says

    Vegas is one of my favorite shows. Can’t believe it’s on the cancellation block. Big, big mistake.

  13. Rick says

    Enjoy Vegas. Story lines are interesting and lead characters have principals which most shows don’t offer.

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