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'Smash' ratings mean show isn't living up to its name

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"Smash" has made some changes for season 2 -- different showrunner, the addition of younger cast members, no more scarves -- but while the NBC musical drama is "new," its ratings haven't improved.

Marc Berman with TV Media Insights reported the numbers for last night's two-hour season 2 opener (featuring guest star Jennifer Hudson) on his blog: "Smash" opened with an uneventful 3.7/ 6 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m (Central). That's 53 percent below the one-hour series-opener (7.8/13 on Monday 2/06/12 at 9 p.m. out of The Voice). And Smash dropped in household rating in each of the four half-hours (4.1/ 6 - 3.7/ 6 - 3.6/ 6 - 3.4/ 6).

This doesn't bode well for the ambitious, expensive show. But it is a pet project of NBC entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt, so the network is bound to pull out all the stops to keep "Smash" alive.


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Please renew Smash for Season 3 and on, and on, and on . . . I was hooked from the first show and couldn't wait for the second season. I just couldn't believe it when I read in TV Guide that this may be its last season. WHY!???? It easily is one of the best programs on TV. I am 61 and, as always, our demographic doesn't seem to matter much to the bean counters; but, I love this show and would hate to find out this really is the last season for such a good show with such wonderful talent. Please do all you can to bring it back. The plot just seems to get better with each weekly program. Why would you cut it off at the knees now? Why not do more to promote it rather than tank it now. Can't imagine you have anything in the can to replace it. LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!

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