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'Smash': What it definitely isn't

In fact, it's the lowest-rated show on broadcast TV

By Corey Levitan Feb 6, 2013 11:41AM
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The return of "Smash" on Tuesday got smushed in the ratings. According to EW, it's currently the lowest-rated series on broadcast television.

 

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Only 4.5 million watched on Tuesday, giving "Smash" a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. That's 71 percent off from its 2012 premiere, and 47 percent off NBC's average rating for the time period this season.

 

Here's a simpler way to put it: If NBC broadcast someone doing bunny shadow puppets over a white background for two hours, the ratings could not possibly be much lower.

 

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"Smash" -- the brainchild of Steven Spielberg -- focuses on the creation of a Broadway musical. It was revamped for its second season, with more emphasis on the stage and less on "civilian" elements, such as the family life of the musical's lyricist (Debra Messing).

 

Wouldn't you say it's about time for Mr. Spielberg to focus on the dismantling of a TV series?

"Smash" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. For now.

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Feb 8, 2013 11:23PM
Feb 7, 2013 11:25AM
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SMASH is not the lowest rated series on a broadcast television.

You should do your research better. EW.com said it was "the lowest rated show on Tuesday Night on a major broadcast television". There's quite a BIG difference there. It's not even NBC's lowest rated show. 

And I still have faith in this. Katharine Mcphee is really the standout. Never liked her before but she's really amazing in this. Such a natural. 
Feb 7, 2013 11:14AM
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Studio Head: "We are not going to promote Smash because nobody is watching it."

 

So they don't promote it and now it is the lowest rated show on TV.

 

Studio Head: "See.  I was right."

Feb 7, 2013 10:36AM
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Please don't cancel this show!  I have waited so long for its return and I was not disappointed in the first show.  Maybe they just didn't poll the right people.  In fact, it is the only show on NBC that I watch.
Feb 7, 2013 10:34AM
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Love it!! It is a great show that highlights the "ins and outs" of broadway but mostly, it has very talented performers in Megan Hilty and Kat McPhee. What's wrong with a show that has "real" talent? I'd much rather watch shows like this than the ridiculous reality shows that display people with NO talent period. Between "Real Housewives" and the Kardashians, I'll take "Smash" any time!!! 
Feb 7, 2013 10:09AM
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I watched it. But I saw the first hour a couple a weeks ago on a plane! I actually thought that was the premiere. It was a Monday like last year and I was pissed I didn't know It was starting again. The following week when it didn't come back on I was like what is going on. I'm not really happy it changed nights but I love the show.
Feb 7, 2013 9:38AM
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It's not Spielbergs fault that there aren't many people who appreciate a well done show.

This show has great singing, choreography and acting. Come on People!

Feb 7, 2013 9:19AM
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Love this show.  Don't put it up against an establish tv show.  It's destined to fail.  Put it on a descent hour.
Feb 7, 2013 9:18AM
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As a lover of musical theater,  I love Smash and think of as the next step for the kids in Glee which I also enjoy.  It's a refreshing change from all too many reality and violent shows, it's ENTERTAINMENT pure and simple. In this age of so much violence in the media I would much rather see children watch these shows than the violent ones. I will admit I wasn't a fan of the musical number in the middle of the premier last night because I don't think of the show as a musical, I view it as a glimpse into the hard work, agony and the ups and downs of putting a show on the stage and hope they will stick to that theme.  I intend to keep watching it and hope it has a nice long run.  Please give it a chance!  
Feb 7, 2013 9:15AM
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This is a good show! Why is the season really only a half a season (tv terms)? Let me see uh other shows like reality shows...BOO crap shows...MTV did that crap and lost a whole generation of watchers!!! This is a clever show with lots of talent! I'm a rocker by heart and generation and this makes more sense then any of the  "Your ****ing Fired" shows that are on! I love all the comedy shows like "2 Broke Girls", "Two and Half Men", Big Bang Theory" and few others and "Smash adds a good well played Drama to the mix! I work nights and I have to go back and watch it after I record it and I will do so as long as it continues!! Let me see ya fit 4.5 million people plus 12 million that record it and watch it later on a reality show set!
Feb 7, 2013 9:11AM
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this show was on Monday's last season if I remember correctly..... better viewership on that night?????
Feb 7, 2013 9:10AM
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Love this show...love the music and all the characters.  It gives us a taste of the brutal competition there is in the industry.  Who says nobody is watching - all my friends are.    I don't understand...who are they polling?

Feb 7, 2013 9:08AM
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I agree that the delay in starting this season's episodes in February may prove to be detrimental to the show and that is definitely a shame.  It is a GREAT show with a good storyline and many very talented actors/actresses.  I hope they don't cancel it and give us another blood and guts or reality show - I also think that Honey Boo Boo is a terrible show - I can't figure out why anyone would want to watch it! 
Feb 7, 2013 9:05AM
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This show is really good. The music is great, the acting top rate, unfortunately, it takes a brain to appreciate it and all those reality show watchers do not possess one.
Feb 7, 2013 9:02AM
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I had no clue it was back on, so glad my DVR remembered it from last season. They didn't advertise that it was coming back on, possibly the reason for the low ratings

 

 

Feb 7, 2013 9:00AM
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I had a note posted to my computer so I would not miss the premier.  And I got the date online by me looking it up.  Otherwise I would not have known that it was on.  I then had to go back to my DVR to watch the end of last season again so I would know where we left off.  And what is with changing nights?  No promotion, no catch up episodes, no Katherine McPhee on all the talk shows.  And NBC wonders why no one tuned in?
Feb 7, 2013 9:00AM
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This looks like a really good show - except I just can't stomach Katherine McPhee - so I don't watch it.  I know I have other friends that feel the same way.  
Feb 7, 2013 9:00AM
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I absolutly love this show and will be EXTREMELY disappointed if they cancel it.

 

Feb 7, 2013 8:57AM
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I love this show- but I don't think the premier was advertised very well! In Canada anyways, I had no idea it was on on Tuesday- I WILL definitely be watching it On Demand now that I know its back!
Feb 7, 2013 8:53AM
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Crap, I missed it!  I will have to watch it on Hulu because I love this show.

 

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