NBC Series Braces for an End That Now Seems Inevitable TVLine

After a vote of “no confidence” by the network that leaves the series banished to Saturday nights, the showrunner of the struggling NBC show “Smash” is opening up. reports that Josh Safran says he was “saddened” by the decision that places the show on Saturdays starting April 6.

The report quotes Safran saying: “I didn’t see it coming, being relegated to Saturday. We’re all aware the show is not successful, but I guess I had hoped we would see what happened when ‘The Voice’ came back [or] maybe they’d move us to a better time slot. But I understand from the network’s point of view. We hit a number and we stuck there.”

TVLine adds: “The number the show hit when it returned for Season 2 last month was a 1.1 demo rating [in viewers 18-49]. ... It slipped further in Week 2, stabilized in Week 3, and most recently ticked up a hair to 2.9 million viewers and a 0.9 rating. But as Safran points out, going up a tenth of a point ‘is not really going up.’”

The story notes: “If there’s a silver lining here for fans, it’s that all of this season’s remaining 11 episodes will air (the next three on Tuesdays at 10/9c and the final 8 on Saturdays at 9/8c). And, according to Safran, Episode 17 ‘was constructed as a series finale.’”

Safran adds: “I don’t want [viewers] to think they are going to be left hanging, because they won’t be. The season has a beginning, middle and an end. … [And] it just gets better and better.”