'Smash' renewed for second season, can 'Awake' also make the cut?


NBC is renewing musical drama "Smash" for a second season, after the show has averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 demo rating. "Smash" joins "Grimm" as the second freshman NBC drama to get a renewal this year.But can fellow newbie "Awake" join its ranks?It seems that renewals aren't all about ratings anymore, as things like production cost, syndication probability, and streaming presence on multi-platforms are all becoming more important. "Awake" remains a toss-up on TV by the Numbers' renewal/cancellation index, while it marked "Smash" as a sure thing, even before the announcement. Of course, the 18-49 demographic has more bearing in their index, but one might argue that the demo has more bearing on a show's overall survival than total number of viewers.Here are a few of the factors at play with "Awake" and "Smash":The time slot/competition. The 10 p.m. hour can be a tough one to break into, particularly up against stiff...



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