SMASH Leads Online Poll Of TV Shows To Save

NBC's musical drama series SMASH leads E! Online's poll of "Save One Show 2013", with a wide margin of over 20% of the total votes as of Friday evening, as we head into the final 48 Hours of the competition.

Next closest in the audience-interest gauging poll are the CW's BEAUTY & THE BEAST at around 14% and ABC's Body Of Proof at around 12%.

What makes this particular poll instructive is its history: ANGEL, FELICITY and ONE TREE HILL all were renewed after troublesome, low-rated seasons in part due to the fan support exhibited exclusively in this E! Online poll, whose results are announced and discussed on the TV network, too.

This round of the poll, Top 25, closes on April 21 at 9 PT.

Last year, NBC's Community won the "Save One Show 2012" poll and lived to see another season.

But, does this bode well for the tragically little-live-viewed second season of SMASH? Given that this is a series which, after two time and day changes, scored its lowest ratings to date the last few Saturdays, the poll certainly proves that there is still much support for the entity, despite the low ratings of the second season so far.

It should also be noted that ratings for recent episodes have doubled when calculating in live+7-Day DVR viewings and the series continues to be among the top shows on TV for households earning $100,000 or more. But, is that really enough?

Additionally, a grassroots "Don't Cancel SMASH" Facebook page has garnered nearly 10,000 followers in a few short weeks, as well, evidencing even more faith in the Broadway-themed series.

Yet, is there enough fan support to ultimately save SMASH from the chopping block? NBC Upfronts are soon, so we shall see.

And, in any event, don't miss the show at its new time, Saturdays at 8 PM.

Until then, check out the E! Online poll here and the "Don't Cancel SMASH" Facebook page here.

Furthermore, do you want to see SMASH renewed for another season on NBC?

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