‘Smash’ Returns With Disappointing Ratings, Is Declared D.O.A.

Smash is not really living up to its name. Last night’s second-season premiere brought in disastrous ratings—Vulture reports that the show averaged "4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults under 50. That last number is what makes last night a disaster for NBC, since it’s less than a third of what Smash averaged in its 2012 premiere (3.8) and about half of what it was drawing when it left the air in the spring." Well, no duh, because the second season of the show was hoping to pull in all of the people who found the first season to be so insufferable. Also, the general public doesn’t like musicals. The real shame, other than the fact that most of the second season has been shot, is that its cancellation would mean we wouldn’t have Rachel Shukert’s brilliant recaps, which was the only reason I kept up with the show in the first place.

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