NBC was banking on Smash
returning as a hit. They brought in a new showrunner, removed certain characters and storylines, and even cast big name guest stars like Jennifer Hudson. Did the overhaul work? Well, the numbers speak for themselves.
Plus, Justin Bieber is hosting Saturday Night Live
this weekend, and NBC has released some SNL
promos featuring the Biebs. The Wanted is getting their very own reality show. Buckwild
and Top Chef
have been renewed. And John Corbett is set to star in a potential NCIS
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Without The Voice
as a strong lead-in, only 4.5 million viewers tuned in to the two-hour Smash
season 2 premiere. It's NBC, so can we give them some slack? No, because the numbers keep getting worse. Compared to last year's series debut, the show is down 71% (and down 47% from the average ratings NBC has been getting in this timeslot before this week).
The show was fortunate enough to have The Voice
as its lead-in before; the singing competition show premiered after the 2012 Super Bowl, which ended up helping Smash
as well. What also hurt the show on Tuesday was ABC's decision to air a second night of The Bachelor
(7.8 million). Smash
's competitors in this timeslot
include NCIS: Los Angeles
(21.49 -- how can you compete with that?), Vegas
(10.2 million) and New Gir
l (4.8 million).
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This is of course disappointing news not only for NBC, but also for the fans that do watch. We were lucky to receive a second season, but if the numbers don't turn around by May, Smash
may be cancelled.
And if you're not watching, why aren't you? Take a look at Jennifer Hudson performing during the premiere and tell me this isn't fantastic television:
airs Tuesdays at 10pm on NBC.
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