Will 'Vegas' Beat the Ratings Odds on Friday? - Poll

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April 5th, 2013


Tonight, Vegas makes its Friday debut on CBS. The low-rated by CBS standards show has been off the air since February. Now it faces competition from Friday's two strongest shows, Shark Tank  (1.8 adults 18-49 last week) and Grimm (1.4 adults 18-49 last week), as well as its two weakest Touch (0.5 adults 18-49 last week) and Cult (0.1 adults 18-49 last week -- no, that is not a typo.)  In its most recent episode on Tuesday, February 21, Vegas earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. In its sole Friday at 9PM telecast, Golden Boy scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. How do you think Vegas will do tonight? Make your prediction below.


  • Ultima

    Maybe CBS will sell the show rights to NBC. For them it would get decent ratings.

    Why do people keep saying this? Vegas is doing worse than NBC top five dramas!

  • Tony ^_^


    More interested in how “Touch” does without a lead-in and if “Cult” will go lower…

  • ragincajun

    Like almost everyone else, I think Vegas is done on CBS regardless of how it performs on Friday. However, I still like the show and hope that it generates decent enough ratings that some other net would give it a shot. Considering it is a CBS productions, it may be a good pick-up for TVGN. ;-)

  • John A

    Even if it did well CBS dont have the room for this. It would probably need to pull a 2.0 each episode to even consider a renewel which it wont.

  • Samunto

    Don’t be too optimistic people!

  • Ben


    “Vegas is doing worse than NBC’s top five dramas!”

    Is one of those top 5 dramas Revolution?
    Revolution, (and The Voice), go on Hiatus for a few months. When NBC airs The Voice and Revolution they do very well in the ratings. When they go on hiatus; NBC drops in the ratings like a rock behind CBS, ABC, Fox and even Univision.

    I know Vegas is Not going to be the next Futurama or Cougar Town (cancelled by one network, picked up by another), but, NBC needs some shows that get decent ratings and are seen by the viewers from September to May. Just like many of the programs on the other networks.

    I am also willing to admit that Rules of Engagment is Probably going to be cancelled in May 2013. It’s a probability until the network makes it offical, just like the other 3 shows (CSI:NY, G.B., and Vegas) that are Probably going to be cancelled as well.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Please PLEASE for the sake of my SARAH JONES weekly viewing I am praying for a 1.5 PLEASE!

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    I hope it does decent enough as a bench warmer for whatever show gets moved to the time slot next season.

    Besides Blue Bloods, which will be the low returning man on the totem pole for 2013-2014 season, & the Unscripted Undercover Boss, there isn’t anything coming back that aired on CBS Friday for the 2012-2013 season.

    As for what gets moved to those 2hrs, I’m not sure. My best guess is TGW &/or TM, with Elementary getting the 9pm Sun slot, which will allow a new show to get the post POI slot. I still don’t think CSI:LV will be moved to Friday yet. I also think H50 might move there as it is 4th lowest returning show, 2% lower than CSI:LV but a full 16% better than TM.

    CBS next year is NEW Shows vs BB 53%, TGW 59% & TM 65%.
    For comparison, CSI:NY is 50%.
    The NEW shows are MIJ was 36%, Golden Boy 55%, Vegas 60%, & Elementary @ 87%.
    H50 is 81% & CSI:LV is 83%.
    The rest of the dramas are 105% (Criminal Minds) or above.

    So, they really need to work on Fridays, otherwise, come 2014-2015, there won’t be any established show on that night. Sure, moving shows that are on their last legs isn’t ideal. But it is better than starting New shows on the night only to never gain a foothold & last.

  • debsafan

    I would have watched Vegas at a later time. But I want give up Grimm for anything else on TV. Grimm makes Fridays worth watching.

  • Ellen

    It’s worth noting that in 2010-2011, The Defenders did decently after moving to Fridays and was still canceled.

  • omabin


  • k:Alex

    If it isn’t too bad, but too bad for CBS, NBC could take this show.
    No high 18-49 rating, but it could help get a big audience back.

  • Mon

    The show is done no matter how high or low it gets. CBS renewed both The Good Wife and The Mentalist so there wouldn’t be enough room for new shows if they decided to renew Vegas. The only chance I could see it getting renewed is if it could get 1.6+ and Unforgettable gets respectable numbers this summer. CBS might consider relegating Vegas to next summer. So that means, Vegas would have to be cancelled this May then uncancelled by late summer. My guess for tonight it will get 1.1-1.2. Grimm can’t get higher than 1.5 anymore so why Vegas could?
    Undercover Boss 1.6
    Vegas 1.1
    Blue Bloods 1.3

  • Joseph

    “Vegas” might get a 1.3 in the 18-49 demo.

    However it, and all other Friday-night network shows, must now face strong competition in major markets through September from local telecasts of hometown Major League Baseball teams.

    During the Spring and Summer, local baseball often dominates local prime-time ratings on Friday nights.

  • Eric

    It does not surprise me that this show has lagged in the ratings. There’s something about a TV-Network series drama “period piece” that never endures well as the season progresses. There were many past TV series where the plot took place in a past era, the marketing for such shows was solid, and the first episode or two did well. But as the season progressed for those same shows, the viewership numbers dwindled, leading to cancellations.

    And please note: I qualify my perspective with “Network TV” shows, which does not includes PBS or cable.

    Over the past 15 years, the only Network TV “period piece” show I can recall doing well in the ratings was a comedy, “That 70’s Show” on Fox.

    But oddly enough, “period pieces” has seen successes with PBS-TV and cable networks.

    I heard about “Vegas” many months before its debut, and became familiar with its plot being a “period piece” in the 1950’s. As much as I desired the show to succeed, I had a feeling from the get-go the series would not last. Period pieces for mini-series, cable, or PBS can work, but for Network TV, the track record for successes has not faired well.

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  • Carmen

    I kind of think it will surprise. It seems like a “Friday CBS show”

    Let’s look for about a 1.4. It will maintain most of its regular week audience and pick up some of the (older?) weekend viewers

  • Cory Stark

    Selling the rights to NBC wouldn’t work. Only NBC dramas shows that are cancelled get picked up by another network and become a hit. Two examples: Baywatch moved to syndication, it became a huge hit. Most people don’t remeber that JAG was an NBC show before they cancelled it after one season. JAG was a hit for CBS that also created NCIS, NCIS: LA, and now NCIS: Red. It’s also been a while, but NBC cancelled the original Star Trek. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, Enterprise have all come since. None on NBC.

  • thesnowleopard

    I like Vegas, but I think it’s going to tank in this timeslot. Not that CBS cares. This is an obvious burnoff slot.

  • Rollie Dethloff

    Ratings for tonight

    Happy Endings 0.8 and 0.6
    Shark Tank 1.4
    20/20 1.5

    Undercover Boss 1.5
    Vegas 0.9
    Blue Bloods 1.4

    Fashion Star 0.7
    Grimm 1.5
    Rock Center 0.9

    Kitchen Nightmares 0.9
    Touch 0.6

    Nikita 0.3
    Cult 0.1

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