In a new interview with Reuters, NBC's president of programming, Bob Greenblatt told the news service that he was "not at all disappointed in its performance. The expectations were never that 'Smash' would be the biggest hit on television," Greenblatt said by telephone.
"But two years ago NBC wasn't even programming dramas at 10 p.m. To go from that to a 2.3 rating is a complete success." (A 2.3 rating equates to 6.6 million viewers)"
Regarding the show's likelihood of garnering a second season, they report that "Greenblatt said the answer is most likely yes, but he did not rule out moving the show to a new day or time next season."
According to published reports, NBC's SMASH, which aired its fourth episode Monday night, got a slight ratings boost with almost 6.9 million viewers. Last week's audience was 4% smaller at 6.5 million viewers. The series premiere earned the show a whopping 11.5 million tuning in on February 6.
SMASH airs on Mondays at 10pm on NBC. Miss the last episode? Watch it here!
The series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg ("ER," "Schindler's List"). The pilot was written by acclaimed playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck ("Mauritius," "NYPD Blue"). David Marshall Grant ("Brothers and Sisters"), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning "Chicago," "Hairspray") and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey ("United States of Tara," "The Borgias") also serve as executive producers. Original songs are written by Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Hairspray," "Catch Me If You Can"), who serve as executive producers as well.
SMASH is a production of Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television and Madwoman in the Attic. The pilot was directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer ("Spring Awakening," "American Idiot").