'Smash' Isn't Canceled Yet, But Showrunner Talks Show's Lack Of Success

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"Smash" isn't quite canceled yet, but it's as good as dead.

The NBC drama was moved to Saturdays where it will air the remainder of its 17-episode second season, starting on April 6.

Though surprised by NBC's scheduling decision, "Smash" showrunner Josh Safran isn't in denial about the fate of this once-heralded series.

“I didn’t see it coming, being relegated to Saturday,” Safran told TVLine. “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.”

"Smash" has certainly been stuck with low numbers: The Season 2 premiere brought in 4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating the coveted 18-49 demographic and the Nielsen ratings have only gotten worse. "Smash's" most recent outing earned 2.9 million viewers and a 0.9 rating.

In February, "Smash" star Megan Hilty told HuffPost TV that she tries not to worry about ratings. "Listen, as an actress I realized a long time ago there are a lot of things out of my control," she said. "Those are the things I can't let affect me because what can I do? All I can do is show up and do the best work that I can and the rest is in everybody else's hands."

Those remaining "Smash" fans shouldn't worry about a lack of closure if the show is canceled: Safran told TVLine that Episode 17 “was constructed as a series finale.”

For more from Safran on the likelihood of "Smash" being canceled, click over to TVLine.

"Smash" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC until April 6 when it switches to its Saturday at 9 p.m. ET timeslot.

Click through the slideshow below to see what the "Smash" cast shared about Season 2's filming ending.

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