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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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bruce March 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Every time there’s a show I like, it’s cancelled! I LIKE VEGAS!


J Roberts March 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Please don’t cancel “Vegas” or Elementary”, cancel some of the other “junk” you have on line up,!!!! CSI & Mentalist have run their course too.. I’ve stopped watching most of CBS shows for this reason, “you cancel the good ones with good actors, stories etc ” and keep the junk, How I Met your mother, and those other reality shows which promote, cheating, lying, stealing and all around bad behaviour!!!!!; CBS needs to get real and think about something other than their purse…. “Vegas” will prove out, if you give it a chance!!!!!!! You haven’t even spent much money/time on advertisement for them…. I think Elementary is a good show too.


Larry March 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

CBS is falling on it’s (ASS), by pulling this crap of starting new shows and then scrapping them. Try another time slot or something. Every time I start watching a new show on CBS that I like, they end up just quitting on it. There are a number of time slots that could be filled right now with this show. Heck, you put it right behind NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles. Anything would look bad following those two programs. I took a peek at “Golden Boy”. My opinion? Get a good illustrator and sell it to Marvel Comics. I won’t be viewing anymore of your new shows, you’ve burned me too many times. I have so many channel choices thanks to satilite Tv, that I can easily find another show or movie to watch. I’m turning 58 in April. I didn’t see my age group represented in the article. I’m presently checking out ABC, NBC and other stations I don’t normally watch. I’m sure I’ll find something out there. Keep going the way you have been the last couple of years and you’ll be airing Three Stooges reruns just to try to get your viewers back!


Marlea and don March 13, 2013 at 2:04 am

Whatever you do don’t cancell Vegas …. You have so many stories to tell… All of them interesting to everyone … We look forward to the series each week and we plan our agenda around your show… It’s great…..


Linda March 13, 2013 at 2:04 am

Please don’t cancel Vegas great show!


mike March 13, 2013 at 12:21 am

There really isn’t much worth watching on the tube anymore. So why don’t you leave one of the good and interesting shows, Vegas, alone and schedule a second season!!! You should cancel NCIS Los Angeles, terrible acting!!!


pam March 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm

OMG please don’t cancel Vegas … we all love it! !!!!


dusty March 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I love Dennis Quaid’s smile, he is just such a man, please do not cancel Vegas and please do not take DENNIS off the show


K.Thomas March 12, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Don’t cancel “Vegas” it is one of my favorite shows that I look forward to watching every week. There are very few shows that I actually enjoy watching any more.


Kathy March 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm

My husband and I love this show so much, its so exciting and brings us back to the real days of Vegas. Its action packed with wonderful story lines….better than most reality shows! ” PLEASE ” do not cancel!!!


Bryan March 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Don’t cancel Vegas, it’s one of my favorite shows and I enjoy watching it every week.


Marl March 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Please,Please—do not cancel vegas—golden boy sucks BRING BACK VEGAS now and next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


pat March 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Vegas is one of the best shows on. We love it and all the actors!


Jeannie March 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Please do NOT cancel this show. We really enjoy this on Tuesday night to relax before bed after NCIS: LA. Do NOT move it to Friday. That is a good way to kill the show ratings entirely! The actors do very well bringing back the 1960’s;they were rough to live through. Thanks for the great shows! Eliminate at least one of the reality TV shows; they get boring and stupid!!!


Vegas lover March 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Can’t believe they would cancel Vegas! With all the stupid “reality” shows on, it’s one of the only shows other than NCIS worth watching!


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