NBC renews 'Smash' for Season 2

DM1TV04 , SMASH -- Pilot -- Pictured: (center) Megan Hilty as Ivy Bell -- Photo by: Will Hart/NBC

The show will go on.

NBC Thursday announced it had renewed "Smash," its Monday night drama about the making of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, for a second season.

The 7.7 million viewers the show's been averaging might not sound like a lot to Fox or CBS, but it's the Peacock's No. 1 drama among the 18- to 49-year-olds advertisers pay to target (and it's improved the performance of whatever was in that 10 p.m. Monday time period last year (do any of the 3.9 million people who watched remember what that was?).

"Smash," for those who haven't yet tuned in, stars Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty -- among others -- and has so far focused on bringing a fledgling musical to the stage of a workshop presentation. It was created by executive producer Theresa Rebeck, a veteran TV writer and playwright who currently has a show of her own, "Seminar," on Broadway.