But, in brief, hot off the presses, Deception debuted last night to 5.6 million viewers and a 2.0 rating. In comparison to Scandal (and I only make this comparison because several folks have been comparing it to Scandal, even though both shows have very little in common, other than each stars a black female character); but Scandal's premiere drew 7.3 million viewers.
A lot of factors to consider in both cases, however.
But what's standing out more for TV number crunchers, is that Deception's 5.6 million is down sharply from the numbers attracted by the premiere episode of the show that previously occupied its 10pm-Monday timeslot - Revolution - which debuted to 11.7 million viewers and a 4.1 rating.
The last time NBC launched a primetime hour-long drama series with black lead characters was Undercovers, some 2 years ago. That show's pilot episode drew 8.6 million viewers, and dropped just about every episode thereafter. By its 10th episode, its viewership was less than half of what its premiere episode saw. And as we asll know, NBC canceled the series before it played out its full season.
So it's with much interest that we'll be watching vieweship figures for Deception over the next 2 to 3 weeks for any pops or drops. Obviously, pops are better.
The fact that it has been online for the best part of 3 weeks might have something to do with the low ratings