NBC’s stunning new musical ensemble drama Smash—which centers on producing a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe—scored a resounding ratings victory Monday night, February 6. The series premiere attracted 11.4 million viewers, making it No. 1 in the 10 p.m. time slot against all broadcast and cable competition.
It also brought in the highest 18-49 ratings for a regular 10 p.m. drama on any broadcast network on any night of the week so far in this TV season.
For the net, Smash was NBC’s highest-ranked show in the time slot since a Saturday Night Live election special in November 2008 (Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin). And for the current dreary TV season, it was the third-highest debuting drama, behind Once Upon A Time and Touch… uh, two shows I’ve never even heard of.
Smash stars Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee. Let’s just hope it knows where it’s going and not only maintains momentum, but a plausible storyline… more like Revenge and less like Lost. See my review of the series premiere here. *