TV Ratings Report: Deception Drowns

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Deception premiered on NBC last night, fooling very few viewers as its ratings tanked in comparison to previous fare in that timeslot and on that network.

Scoring a 2.0 among 18-49-year old adults, the series was down 31% from the fall finale of Revolution and 47% from the Smash Season 1 premiere last February.

Deception Premiere Pic

8 p.m.
The Biggest Loser: 6.3 million viewers
The Bachelor: 6.8 million
How I Met Your Mother rerun: 5.1 million/2 Broke Girls rerun: 5 million
Bones: 4.2 million
Hart of Dixie rerun: 1 million

9 p.m.
The Mob Doctor: 3.3 million
Beauty and the Beast rerun: 860,000
2 Broke Girls rerun: 6.1 million/Mike & Molly rerun: 5.8 million

10 p.m.
Deception: 5.6 million
Castle: 8.6 million
Hawaii Five-0: 4.9 million

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Deception (as well as any new show) has a chance to rise. I mean look at Chicago Fire, it's ratings were similar and got a full season pick-up and now it's ratings are higher than before.


Mmm.. that was the finale of The Mob Doctor since it was cancelled by Fox. So sad... it was such a good show !


Also be mindful the pilot is on on-demand for more than a week and I wouldn't be surprise if more folks watch it illegally.


Deception may have been low in viewers, but it won the 10 time-slot with a 2.0 in the demo. I say a good start for now.