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BubbleWatch: NBC's 'Smash'
SHOW: "Smash" (NBC)
IN ITS FAVOR: As long as Steven Spielberg is still the executive producer and as long as it remains a show Robert Greenblatt has been passionately invested in developing it and as long as it continues to have a strong cast and ample ancillary potentials, "Smash" continues to have things working in its favor. Oh and through the end of March, "Smash" was averaging an 89 percent bump among adults 18-49 and a 58 percent overall bump once DVR Live+7 figures come in. That's pretty massive.
AGAINST IT: Even after that DVR bump, "Smash" only gets up to a 1.7 key demo rating and 5.2 million viewers and those numbers don't cover the show's shift to Saturdays after NBC gave up on it.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: NBC is giving "Smash" a finale on Sunday night, which has to count as the tiniest glimmer of hope. But serious. VERY tiny. Maybe if the producers give NBC a good Season 3 pitch and maybe if the financials can be wiggled, NBC might consider a 13-episode third season? Maybe? By all rational standards, "Smash" should be dead. By NBC standards, it's merely near-death.
FINAL VERDICT: Cancelled!