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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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Kathleen April 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm



Gepe April 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Love this show!!!! KEEP IT ON!!! Love the old vintage look,especially the old cars!


Mike April 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Keep Vegas, there is nothing as unique or different on TV in my opinion, and I love Mia played by Sarah Jones.


Suzanne April 25, 2013 at 3:01 am

We love Vegas. It has to be renewed for another season. One of the best shows on tv, along with Elementary.


Nigel April 25, 2013 at 2:59 am

Please keep Vegas. It’s one of the best shows on tv at the moment.


alan April 24, 2013 at 10:39 pm

keep vegas its great


Anonymous April 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

keep vegas it is great. give it a second season


Linda April 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Absolutely keep Vegas! Tell those network execs at CBS that they would be cancelling a great show if they did.


John April 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Vegas is definitely a keeper. It is refreshing to watch a show on tv that actually has a plot and is enjoyable to watch. I implore CBS to please give Vegas a 2nd season. As they say 1st impressions aren’t always reliable


Fan April 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

Keep Vegas. Its a great storyline, actors are good and fun to watch.


Sally April 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Keep Vegas. Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis are a great team. I enjoy watching this show every week. I hope they give it another season


you cancell vegas will never look at other show on cbs April 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

keep it


37 chevy April 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

One of the best shows on TV. Don’t be stupid.


Ann Wood April 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

Keep Vegas


Cha April 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Keep Vegas on the air. Great stories, acting and scenery. Definitely fun to watch.


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