'Smash' Crashes In Second Season Premiere

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February 6th, 2013

The second season premiere of NBC's Smash managed just a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating in its 2 hour premiere on Tuesday night, averaging 4.47 million viewers. That's down from a 3.8 rating and 11.44 million viewers in its first season premiere.

The full Tuesday night ratings are now posted.

  • Hmm

    Disappointing. Last night’s episode was really good. I’m not a fan of two hour shows but it held my attention.

  • Donna

    LOL, FRINGE got higher than that on Fridays last year

  • Jason

    Good. ALL shows with singing must end. Preferably in a hail of ridicule and shame.

  • Jo

    That makes me sad. They improved the show so much.

  • feinn

    So what happens when revolution comes back after 4 months? Nice job nbc ….

  • forg

    Just proves how strong relatively Parenthood is

  • Matt

    The voice is the ONLY thing NBC has hahahahaha

  • Max Vrany

    Smash isn’t cheap either, so the accountants won’t be able to save it. On the other hand, the accountants may force NBC to leave it on so they can make up some of the money they spent on it.

  • Oliver

    Holy crap. Another NBC bomb.

    Ensures another season of Parenthood, at least. Might even get a full season this time around.

  • Dave

    I was going to catch up with Season 1 but I decided to wait for the Season 2 premiere ratings. Too bad cuz the show looks good from the promos.

  • Alfred

    Jennifer Flopson

  • ABC hater

    LOL. Goodbye.

  • Shepherd

    I guessed way high in the polls; 1.7, so I guess I drank too much kool-aid from the fans on this site. I didn’t expect it to fall to the lows 1’s for another episode or so, but the writing was on the wall last season; the show never should have been renewed.

  • rob60990

    Dropped about every half hour, 1.3/1.1/1.1/1.0

  • Honey Badger

    How can this happen? WOW, “The second season premiere of NBC’s Smash managed just a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating in its 2 hour premiere” This is worse than a disaster for NBC.

    Wow, Yipes for Smash, those are very low ratings for such a heavily promoted show. And half hour ratings dropping is a very bad sign.
    I think the ratings for “ Smash “ will only get lower from here. With a bad time slot with a weak lead-in.
    Good thing “ Smash “ is not on CBS or it would be cancelled already. The Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear , is ready for NBC to cancel “Smash “ , it is just a matter of when.

    What does NBC do with “ Smash “ now?
    I Think NBC needs too to cancel “Smash “ now!!!!

  • BL


    Actually, Deception isn’t doing that well either. I think if Smash continues to hit series lows, I wouldn’t be surprised if NBC replaced it with Revolution/Grimm reruns.

  • Imagine Dragons

    @Max Vrany
    Yep. They have to pay for the songs they cover on the show.
    + There was a high promotion for the second season.

  • psychic

    Why would it drop every hour? Confusing. It just kept getting better.
    Oh, lord, I’m going to find myself playing an unintentional game of fan excuse bingo one of these days.

  • senor chang

    @Jeff (Canada)
    “I had said it in another post but NBC will be fine next season with its 5 core dramas (SVU, Chicago Fire, Parenthood, Grimm, Revolution). Add in a couple new ones, and then focus on rebuilding the comedies.”

    This makes sense, but still, it’s so weird seeing virtually everything NBC has tried this winter fail so miserably.

    1600 Penn? Disastrous.
    Deception? That should have been a cakewalk considering its target audience and its lead-in. Instead, it’s in danger of going sub-1 at this point.
    Do No Harm? Well…yeah.

    I’m seriously wondering if ABC might have a fighting shot at third at this point. Having two terrible hours (Mondays at 10, Wednesdays at 8) coupled with two almost completely defunct nights (Tuesdays and Thursdays) can’t be good for that network average.

  • dl

    Same thing would happen to Revolution if they would air it without The Voice as a lead-in.

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