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'Smash' season 2 premiere a ratings bomb

Katharine McPhee, left, and Megan Hilty on the

Katharine McPhee, left, and Megan Hilty on the set of "Smash," premiering with a two-hour episode Feb. 5, 2013 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC. (Dec. 12, 2012) Credit: AP

"Smash," NBC's ambitious series based on the mounting of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, had a rough re-entry Tuesday -- only 4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.

This figure of course could and likely will go up when the so-called live-7 day rating is factored in. "Smash" normally is considered one of those shows that fans catch up with later.

Nevertheless, this was not what NBC was looking for. The problem? In this instance, probably a scheduling one. "Smash" had to go opposite an original "NCIS: Los Angeles," while its lead-in was Betty White's 2nd annual birthday special -- not what one would imagine to be an ideal companion too something like "Smash."

The show -- and it's a good one -- needs all the help it can get because it's now in a rebuild phase, with a new show-runner and new lease on life. Let's hope this worthy program gets up to where it belongs. I'm very much hoping it does. It's quality TV, and TV of course needs quality.

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