Can ‘Deception’ Survive? Ratings Drastically Drop For Meagan Good’s TV Drama

February 15, 2013  |  

After getting off to a great ratings start, the new NBC drama Deception is now in danger of being canceled.

Starring Meagan Good, Deception is suffering badly from poor viewership. But the series is hanging on — last week’s episode saw an 18 percent increase in viewers to 3.23 million, although that is still pretty low. “The show had been more or less shedding viewers since premiering to 5.62 million on Jan 7. On Feb. 4, it hit a season low with just 3.08 million tuning in,” writes EURWeb.

This is just a month after the show debuted as a ratings winner, as we reported.

While many may think the show was inspired by ABC’s hits Scandal, which also has a black female lead, and Revenge, about a young woman going undercover in a wealthy family to expose secrets, the show’s creator says it was actually three films that gave her the idea for Deception. Creator and executive producer Liz Heldens told the EURWeb, “Two of my favorite movies are ‘Donnie Brasco’ and ‘The Departed,’ and then I was sort of thinking about how could you do an undercover show with a female protagonist, and at the same time NBC was looking for a soap. And so then I sort of thought could ‘Donnie Brasco’ and the movie ‘Sabrina’ have a baby? And so they did. So that was how it happened.”

But the question is whether this mash-up is compelling enough to attract viewers. Have you been watching? What do you think is missing from the show?

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