"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.