Smash made its debut in February and has averaged "7.7 million total viewers and a 2.6 demo rating" according to TVLine. It's NBC's highest-rated drama in the coveted 18-49 demographic, which is nothing to sneeze at.
But the road to season two hasn't been easy. After its premiere, Smash's ratings took a visible nosedive. It went from 11.5 million viewers its first week to 8.1 million its second. That was more than a 30 percent drop. Since then, the audience has lingered in the 7-9 million viewers range.
Thus far, the series has followed the story of two Broadway hopefuls, up and comer Karen (Katharine McPhee) and veteran performer Ivy (Megan Hilty). Both women are vying for the lead role in a musical based on screen icon Marilyn Monroe.
Season one centers on the humble beginnings of the musical, which explores out of town try-outs, while season two will focus on the big kahuna -- New York City. Sources close to the network claim Smash's second season will consist of "at least 15 episodes."
Smash co-stars Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle and Brian d'Arcy James. The series is executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
Smash airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
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