'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.

 
  • robert

    Smash was no match for NCIS LA. What a mess for NBC, their midseason ratings are imploding.

  • Ultima

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

    :roll:

  • Brian J

    Wow, that’s terrible, although as I said the other day, this makes scheduling easier for NBC next season, as it has no reason to bring several shows back.

  • steve

    That is so low, you almost wonder if there isn’t some mistake. (I’m not suggesting there is)

  • senor chang

    If nothing else, this should serve as an example of what happens when you renew a heavily hyped show just to cover your butt. Find the shows with engaged audiences; those are the shows that’ll fend for themselves.

  • tv_viewer

    This is consolation for Matthew Perry. At least he isn’t the only one less popular than a 91 year old woman.

  • senor chang

    @Ultima

    It’s a speculation at most, but you really have to wonder what’s going to happen to Grimm/The Voice/Revolution if everything else on NBC is doing so direly. Revolution, in particular, might not have a fully loyal audience yet, and if NBC doesn’t have a platform to promote the show’s return, that could be damaging.

  • Ultima

    @senor chang
    I’m seriously wondering if ABC might have a fighting shot at third at this point.

    NBC is way ahead of ABC right now and The Voice will eventually be back. I don’t see any way ABC can catch them.

    On the other hand, FOX shouldn’t have much trouble taking second.

  • psychic

    @tv_viewer:
    When that woman is Betty friggin’ White, you have nothing to be ashamed of.

  • Shepherd

    @Jason +1, and then some!

    I wonder if it may be time to bring back the “what will be canceled next polls, Smash, Deception, or Do No Harm?” I say Deception has the best chance of airing all its episodes given that it has stabilized above 1, and Smash is likely to fall as low or lower than DNH. Given the production costs, I also think Smash will get canned before DNH. NBC must be in turmoil at this point.

  • Ultima

    @senor chang
    It’s a speculation at most, but you really have to wonder what’s going to happen to Grimm/The Voice/Revolution if everything else on NBC is doing so direly. Revolution, in particular, might not have a fully loyal audience yet, and if NBC doesn’t have a platform to promote the show’s return, that could be damaging.

    Chicago Fire is doing fine. If there’s shows people want to watch, they’ll watch them.

    If Revolution returns down, it won’t be because of the hiatus. That’s just fan excuse bingo. Plenty of shows have had extremely long breaks and done just fine.

  • Max Vrany

    @senor chang/Ultima, ABC needs to win by .63 points a week. They only won by .2 points last week, and that’s without The Voice.

  • David Howell

    That’s your 22-episode order secured, Parenthood fans!

    I’m absolutely staggered.

    Over/under on Rock Center specials appearing in the time slot?

  • Shepherd

    @ Senor Chang
    “If nothing else, this should serve as an example of what happens when you renew a heavily hyped show just to cover your butt. Find the shows with engaged audiences; those are the shows that’ll fend for themselves”

    I agree. It’s too bad Fox couldn’t have learned this lesson last season. I’m looking at you Touch, another show that will return as a huge flop this season and should never have been renewed!

  • SOFASPUD

    Aww, that’s unfortunate. I liked, but not loved, “Smash” last season and was planning to DVR the second season. Still will, whatever they end up airing.

    I believe a show should be able to stand on its own and not rely on a preceding hit, however it would stand to reason that if ANY show on NBC should follow “The Voice” it would be “Smash”. Kind of a no-brainer.

  • DaxJackson

    Insane! I haven’t seen it yet but really enjoyed last season. I can’t believe it aired so slow… Time to start fan excuse bingo I think. IT’S THE WRONG TIMESLOT :P

  • Brian

    So much for Jennifer Hudson’s star power.. too bad for SMASH,that’s what NBC gets for cancelling Harry’s Law! SUFFER NBC!

  • Pietro el Grandisimo

    Damn sad news!! I really liked last night’s two hour premiere. I hoped the audience grows from week to week — who am I kidding? Any Cable networks out there interested?

  • Kyle

    Guys, The premiere were at iTunes FOR FREE. Do you really think that people would bother of watching one more time. Sorry, guys, but NBC did a bad choice doing this to Smash.

  • Kyle

    was*, not were. I’m sorry.

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