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.

  • senor chang


    Not exactly a bomb: its overnights matched what Parenthood did in the fall. That said, I suspect this will all come down to how the show skewed–if its skew last night was similar to last season, it’ll be in the mid-high 1s (unspectacular but fine for NBC)—any lower than that and it’s more or less dead in the water.

  • lukas

    5,14 mln and 1,7

  • Honey Badger

    half hour ratings dropping is a very bad sign.

  • senor chang

    Uh, nevermind. I just found out that it got a 1.1 in the demo.

    The source has been 100% accurate in the past, too.

    NBC just cannot catch a break this winter, can they? At this rate, their highest-rated night of the week will be Wednesday. Who knew?

  • senor chang

    seriously, to wit:

    Deception: 1.1
    Do No Harm: likely sub-1

    What does that leave, SVU and Chicago Fire? NBC only has two dramas on the air right now that aren’t complete disasters?

    Hindsight is 20/20, obviously, but maybe they really should have gone with a full season of Parenthood.

  • Hmm

    Woah. I knew it was going to be low but a 1.1?? I’m kind of interested to see what happens when it’s a a noraml hour against BoP and Vegas.

  • yeah

    1.1 that is horrible!

  • rob60990

    1.1? wow, worse than expected.

  • senor chang

    like, I don’t even understand. how can something so hyped do so terribly? did people just not care?

    one thought: maybe NBC just doesn’t have the advertising clout to pull off a hit. virtually every single show they have is bombing…it doesn’t matter how much they hype something because nobody watches their network in the first place.

    all of this makes it even more interesting to ask how Community will do–another veteran show with significant behind-the-scenes drama and retooling that’s making a late entrance. if it emerges unscathed, then the shows NBC is hyping are the problem. if it too shows significant erosion, then there’s a bigger structural issue that may need to be addressed before Grimm, The Voice, and Revolution all return, because if not, then all of the progress it’s made in the fall might mean nothing by May.

  • ateofi

    It can’t be worse than the unfortunate Do No Harm :)

  • Rebecca

    Wow. Maybe they could just turn Smash into a mini-series (with a real ending) or a TV movie, if it would be worth it cost-wise. Doesn’t look like it’ll make it through season 2.

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