'The Sing-Off' ratings rock; third season likely

On-the-RocksImage Credit: Harper Smith/NBCIf the The Sing-Off inspired NBC to order The Voice of America, then the network might be on the right track when it comes to finding viewer-friendly competition shows: The second season of the Nick Lachey-hosted show is up 25 percent in total viewers and 26 percent among adults 18-49 versus its year-ago numbers.

The show that features a cappella groups competing for a $100,000 prize and a recording contract has averaged 8.9 million viewers and a 2.9 rating/8 share over its three telecasts this month. (Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.3 million viewers). That includes a series record on Dec. 13, when the show earned a 3.3/9 and 9.5 million viewers. That’s NBC’s best performance in the time period, excluding the Olympics, in 22 months.

Last year, the debut season of the show only averaged 6.9 million viewers.

NBC hasn’t made a decision about a third season of The Sing-Off, but it seems likely that NBC will bring it back. The second season finale airs Dec. 20, which NBC just decided to extend to 10:30 p.m. (It’s now a two-and-a-half hour episode). NBC will follow it with a special preview episode of Perfect Couples, a comedy about three engaged couples that officially bows on Jan. 20.

Meanwhile, the winter’s other competition show on ABC hasn’t fared nearly as well. Skating With the Stars may have opened with 9.4 million viewers on Nov. 22, but it hasn’t had the benefit of a hefty lead-in from Dancing With the Stars. As a result, the show dropped to 6.1 million on Nov. 29 and 2.9 million on Dec. 6. On Dec. 13, it averaged 3.8 million.

 
 
 

 


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  • Mr. Holloway

    Great news about “The Sing Off.”

    I even wouldn’t be mad at NBC if they decided to bring it back in the summer instead of waiting until December again. (The show’s only on for a few weeks, so it’s unlikely to get overxposed.)

    “Skating with the Stars”, on the other hand, is a trainwreck…and not even the fun kind.

    • FromChicago

      I like the show. The singers really seem energized and eager to make their mark. I didn’t know they got a recording contract. Maybe that’s why they’re so motivated?

    • sfgsdg

      Nope. NBC has America’s Got Talent in the summer. THey would not have two similar shows airing at the same time.

      • Mr. Holloway

        Fair point.

        I don’t watch “America’s Got Talent”, but I’m aware of it enough to see that it’s mostly singers that do well. “AGT” is also a big hit for them, so they’d want to save “Sing-Off” for the December lull.

    • LOL

      America loves crap.

      • Kris

        I usually could not agree with you more- but I watched the Sing Off, and was pleasantly surprised. It is a bit interesting.

        But these ratings are not good news for The Event…..this is worrysome.

  • Kate

    I like it in December, during the lull of hiatus season and then it has that good natured cheese about it that makes it perfect for the Christmas season.

    • Denise

      I agree Kate.

    • ST

      Totally agree Kate. Around November I remembered the Sing-Off from last year and was hoping they would bring it back. The groups are talented, it’s in small doses so it leaves you wanting more and the judges are nice but offer constructive criticism (for the most part). And now I even like Ben Folds!

    • Mr. Holloway

      You make good points…I just selfishly want to wait a year to see it again, since it’s only around for 2-3 weeks.

  • LizP

    Love the groups, but I love the judges even more. They give, for the most part, well considered, interesting, constructive criticism. They don’t use the same tired phrases over and over – they are a pleasure to watch.

    • Razzle

      My husband and I talk about this as we watch the show. My kids love to dance as the groups sing, this is an awsome family show.

  • Jenna

    Love the Sing Off. Ben Folds is the best part :)

  • Peter

    Cool! Just keep it in small, tasty doses, and don’t let Ben Folds suffer from overexposure.

  • Tony

    Has the Sing Off increased it’s audience so much because Skating with the Stars is so bad?

    • sfgsdg

      The ‘increase’ is not that big. Remember, that Charlie Sheen show is still pulling killer ratings.

  • Allan

    I wonder how they choose the groups. They must have scouts or recruit in some way other than open auditions. The key to continued success will be having strong, diverse groups – which is true in spades this season.

    • mscisluv

      They do have open auditions…I remember a group from a local university driving to Atlanta for last season’s auditions.

  • Roy

    get the Maccabeats on the Sing Off!!!

  • suebrody

    I am so excited!!! I didn’t watch last season except for the finale, but b/c of the ‘bubs doing background vocals for the Warblers on Glee this year, I decided to try it. I LOVE it! Great singing, and Ben Folds being geeky!

  • SaraS

    GOOD.. this show is awesome. Everyone at my work is talking about it. And I think the groups are much better this year than last, more exciting to watch and listen to.
    The entire design of the show is fantastic.
    Two questions though:
    1) How is the show run? EW should do a cover story on it. Is this show pre-taped months ago, or is it happening right now, and the groups are staying in hotels getting to know one another as the weeks go on? I keep wondering if they come to the show with the topics already known and 8 songs prepared, or if they get the challenges each week.
    2) Can the prize money be more than $100,000? I mean dividing that amongst 25 members isn’t that great if they’re really living there in real time.

    • Brenda Barrett

      It’s happening now. One of my co-workers is in Street Corner Symphony; he’s been in LA for a couple of weeks, and will be through the finale. (Hope they win!)

  • Chris20906

    Chuck fans unite!! No more messing with our time slot!

    • Mark S

      I am a big fan of Chuck and the Sing-Off and Sing-Off gets better ratings. It has the best ratings in almost 2 years, except for the Olympics. I can let Chuck go for a few weeks in December or a little longer for this show. If Chuck gets canceled, it is not because of the Sing-Off.

  • Jason

    I like this show and I like Nick Lachey, but Nick on this show is SO robotic. His tone of voice, even his head movements (first side to side, then up and down). It really bothers me he doesn’t stand next to the contestants or try to talk to them. Why doesn’t he bring his personality into it more? He has the authority to be a judge but the show has managed to dumb him down. That’s my only frustration with the show.

  • sfgsdg

    Supposedly, the number of groups that auditioned for Season 2 doubled the number for Season 1. That was one reason the show expanded from 8 groups to 10 groups.

  • Matt2

    Instead of airing it on Mondays and Wednesdays in the span of one month, NBC should put this on their fall schedule 2011, add an elimination show, and run it for 10 to 12 weeks.

    • Lisa

      I honestly think that would ruin what I love so much about the show. There’s not a lot of filler in the episodes. The majority of it is just singing, and that’s my favorite part.

  • Matt2

    Oh, and I love this show. So awesome!

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