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Ratings Up for SMASH Series Finale

Ratings Up for SMASH Series Finale

Sunday's series finale of SMASH scored a 0.5 in the Adults 18-49 demographic, an increase of 25 percent from a 0.4 for its most recent episode on May 11. Overall the episode delivered 2.43 million viewers for the NBC Network during the 9-10 PM time slot and 2.36 million viewers from 10-11 PM. The numbers are the highest amount of viewers since the April 2 broadcast which garnered 3.07 million.

In the final episode titled 'The Tonys', the teams of Bombshell and Hit List headed to Broadway's biggest night. The episode included cameo appearances by Rosie O'Donnell (Grease), Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu), Ron Rifkin (Cabaret), Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens), Lillias White (The Life), Marin Mazzie (Spamalot) and choreographer-director Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). Also returning was Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, reprising her role as Ivy's mother.

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In Season 2, the "Bombshell" team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand (Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, "Prizzi's Honor"), writers Tom Levitt (Tony Award winner Christian Borle, "Peter and the Starcatcher") and Julia Houston (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, "Will & Grace"), last-minute star Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee, "American Idol") and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport, "Pirates of the Caribbean").

As they all scramble to push forward, one of the show's players finds Brooklyn natives Jimmy Collins (Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, "Newsies") and Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus, "Carrie: The Musical") toiling away on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become "Bombshell's" biggest rival, or yet one more Broadway false start.

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