February 6, 2013

The Sked: Fast Nationals Overview — SMASH Crashes and Burns Spectacularly

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Without The Voice to support it, Smash started its second season with a ratings trainwreck to match the creative disaster that is the show.  Read Mitch Salem’s review here.

Half-hour ratings for network television last night are shown below.  Most notably, Smash started at 1.3 rating with adults 18-49 (already down from its very modest lead-in, Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday — wow, the bloom is off that rose).  But the audience just kept dropping, ending at an ignominious 1.0 at 10:30 pm, making CBS’s struggling Las Vegas look like a runaway hit.  NBC finished fourth for the night, confirming it is one long walk in the desert for the Peacock until The Voice returns in late March.

The Taste rebounded a bit on ABC.  It’s three-week track: 2.1 premiere, 1.6 last week, preliminary 1.8 last night.  Other than that, pretty standard night on CBS, FOX and CW.



About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.