Bad news Deception fans. NBC has officially canceled the dramatic soap series after one season.
It’s not a huge surprise, especially after the network’s April 26 press release announcing drama series that would be renewed for next season, its 2013-14 slate, and Deception wasn’t on that list of titles.
Taking a look at Deception (which starred Meagan Good and Laz Alonso), it debuted to 5.6 million viewers and a 2.0 rating, which wasn’t all that strong to begin with. After its debut, it hovered around the 3+ million viewers mark, a 40% drop from its premiere highs, which is hefty. Its first season ended on March 18, airing 11 episodes total.
It was a losing time slot for NBC, with ABC and CBS leading the hour.
Also worth considering in all this is that NBC did order at least 2 new pilots centered around black leads for next season, like the yet-to-be-titled political action thriller set in Washington DC, starring Lance Gross and Michael Beach; and then there’s the Craig Robinson-centered comedy from The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, which Larenz Tate will co-star in.
Of course neither may make it to series.