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In this brave new world of evolving TV viewing habits, the DVR can be a series' savior. It cannot perform miracles. And that is just what Smash needs. NBC's glossy musical drama returned Tuesday night with a new showrunner (Josh Safran), an A-list infusion to the cast (Jennifer Hudson) and a 71 percent drop in ratings from its series premiere in February 2012. Photos: A Day in the Life of NBC's 'Smash' Nielsen's Fast National returns give the two-hour opener a 1.1 rating among the targeted adults 18-49 and a shade under 4.5 million viewers.

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