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Smash Ratings Watch: Blackmail! Strippers! Ratings Plateau!

Smash Ratings Watch: Blackmail! Strippers! Ratings Plateau!
Megan Hilty & Katharine McPhee in 'Smash'
The May 11 episode of 'Smash' set up all the drama before the series finale!

Well, the curtain has officially fallen on Smash, and by curtain, we mean Peacock-shaped axe, and by fallen, we mean Smash is canceled. It’s the inevitable outcome we all saw coming (except maybe Karen), but it’s still depressing to say out loud: Smash, the much-loved, much-maligned musical dramedy that made an entire nation raise a martini and an eyebrow, is no more.

The May 11 episode “The Transfer” found Hit List finally making the move to Broadway, which is surprising since nobody actually knows what the show is about. According to Zap2It, the episode scored just over 2 million viewers with a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, bringing Smash back down to its typical performance for season two. But who cares!? Let's just enjoy the moment, shall we?

The episode was packed with plenty of melodrama, including an accusation of blackmail, a Broadway replacement scandal, a stripper musical number, Julia singing (!), Eileen sabotaging herself and a pregnancy. Yes, with just one (double) episode left, someone is pregnant, because why not?

Let’s also not forget to acknowledge that for the first time this season, the Karen-Ivy rivalry is finally back on and on fire! Ivy called out her erstwhile co-star for her super-shady gossip, finally setting the stage for a fierce Tony showdown between the divas on the series finale. Will it be Bombshell or Hit List for the win? We’ll find out on May 26!

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