Will the 'Smash' Premiere Be a Smash or a Bomb(shell)?- Poll

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February 5th, 2013

Smash premiered to a big 3.8 adults 18-49 rating on February 6, 2012, following The Voice. It was supposed to be NBC's big prestigious hit. Instead, ratings fell steadily, hitting a 1.8 for its May 14 season finale. Tonight it returns with a two hour premiere. The show has been retooled, with a new showrunner (Josh Safran, formerly of "Gossip Girl"). Some unpopular characters have been jettisoned -- goodbye Ellis and Leo. New characters have been added, including one played by Jennifer Hudson. So will viewers give the show a second chance? Make your predictions below.

  • Lane


  • victor hugo

    2.3 for two hour… and next to weeks will fall below 2.0

  • OddGuy

    Below a 2.0 for sure. My guess is 1.7/1.6.

  • DanaK

    This is a hard one to figure. It doesn’t have The Voice as a lead-in, but it does have Betty White’s 2nd birthday special (the first one last year did well). NBC’s ratings are so-so or terrible since The Voice and Football went off the air, but does the renewed interest in the show and its revamp mean at least a decent portion of last year’s premiere audience will tune in? I settled on 2.3-2.4. It looks like poll results are all over the map.

  • Alfred

    Jennifer Hudson alone (She’s an Oscar Winner!) will bring this back into prominence. My prediction is 2.5-2.6

  • BigBrotherFan



  • Honey Badger

    ” Smash ” is back tonight on NBC. What will its ratings be ?
    my guess is a 1.8 18-49 rating.
    Is a special 2 hour show a good idea? why not 1 hour?

    ” Smash ” is back tonight on NBC. It has been off the air since last year, they put in new writers; show runners, new cast members added, some cast members left. Last year the show bombed with dropping ratings

    A all new Smash 2 hour Smash is back tonight on NBC from 9pm to 11 pm

    Smash lead in is Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special on NBC

    It is going against for the first hour
    a new NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.
    a new The Bachelor on ABC
    a new New Girl and a new The Mindy Project on Fox
    a new Emily Owens, M.D.

    It is going against for the second hour
    a new Vegas on CBS.
    a new The Bachelor on ABC

  • James

    Smash will crash.

  • BL


  • Cory

    I can’t believe they’re not waiting to air this after The Voice. My prediction is a 2.0 because I’m a ratings optimist, but my gut is saying it’ll be in the 1.6-1.9 territory.

    NBC proves that it isn’t about how much money you spend, but how you spend your money. What a waste.

  • msupdate

    I say a 1.9 or 2.0.

  • gene

    Watched it over the weekend and the show is much approved. It has to do better than last season.

    Oddly I have never met a single person who actually watches NCIS and I’m in the TV industry. We all know that the ratings system is a joke.

  • DanaK

    Honey Badger, I think they went with a 2 hour premiere because of scheduling. They will be making 17 episodes (vice the original 18 they announced) which would barely keep the show’s finale in May and then the State of the Union further throws that out of whack, thus the 2hr premiere is the likely result.

  • ethan

    Smash 2.4

    NCIS 3.7, NCIS LA 3.4, Vegas 1.7

    New Girl 2.2, Mindy 1.7

    HoD 0.6, EO 0.4

  • Dan S

    1.9-2.0 & this is a show I really didn’t like. I see a lot of people voting lower but I think it could hit 2.0 but will drop after that. This is a show that was a mistake to renew & NBC would’ve been better off giving Parenthood a full season.

  • Brian J


    Um, not at all. If I recall correctly, it was NBC’s highest rated drama in A18-49 last season, or at least definitely within the top three. Given the problems the network has, it was kind of a no-brainer.

    And this touches on another point I wanted to make: this show drew a REALLY wealthy audience last year, the same sort of audience that used to go for a show like “The West WIng.” Given the premium that some advertisers will pay for rich people, that had to work in its favor,

    Now, there’s no guarantee it will do the same this year, but it might. Then there are the people who might watch it just because they hate it.

    Whatever the case, if the show can get at least a 2.0, it’ll probably be great for NBC, considering how much trouble it has had since “The Voice” left and since that would be above “Parenthood.” Anything above a 2.5 would be fantastic. And while a 3.0 or above is unlikely, NBC would be popping champagne were that to happen.

  • matt

    @Big Brother – No, Deception will still be the massive failure it is

  • omabin

    Below a 2.0 for sure, maybe a 1.8 or 1.9 for the premiere, but way lower in the subsequent episodes. I don’t see this ending well.

  • gerry

    i gave it a 2.1-2.2 – i am so goddamn happy that ellis is gone. fingers crossed for an ok s2 premiere

  • Psac

    Definitely should have waited for the Voice..

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