NBC is moving the struggling musical drama to Saturday nights. Is it an attempt to save the show or part of a plan to slowly watch it die?
Bad news for fans of musical dramas who also like to spend their Saturday nights away from the TV. Apparently, our beloved Smash has been suffering in the ratings in its Tuesday night time slot, despite the powerhouse voices of Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty. Instead of getting rid of the musical drama altogether, NBC has opted to move the Broadway-themed show to the less coveted Saturday night lineup.
Taking its place on Tuesdays will be the new reality competition show Ready for Love, brought to us by former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria. It starts Tuesday, April 9. Reality and competition shows are still bringing in the major ratings, so Ready for Love will be aired along massive hit The Voice.
Unfortunately for committed Smash fans, the series hasn’t been able to hold its audience’s attention. People in the most desired demographic, those ages 18 to 49, are barely watching the show… and neither is the rest of America. The last episode had only 2.9 million viewers. That sounds like a lot, but it’s nothing when it comes to network television.
At this point, it’s hard to imagine that NBC will bring Smash back next season, as Saturday night seems like a place for shows to go to die. Aren’t people at the bars, on dates, enjoying sleepovers or going to the movies then? Only time with tell if the struggling show will survive it’s new scheduling debacle.