NBC's 'The Voice' ratings rise!


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“Sure, NBC can launch a reality show,” competitors pointed out last week after The Voice debuted huge, “but then what happens? Remember The Marriage Ref, The Singing Bee, Grease: You’re the One That I Want? All premiered big, but then fell off a cliff… ”

Well, last night’s second episode of The Voice not only didn’t tumble, it climbed up the mountain a little higher. The Voice was seen by 12.4 million viewers and had a 5.6 preliminary rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 10 percent from last week’s premiere, which broke NBC records. Here’s how unusual this is: The Voice is the only new show this season on a major broadcast network whose ratings rose for its second episode.

The big question now is whether The Voice will continue its winning streak when the coaches ditch the swivel chairs and start the “battle rounds” next week. (See exclusive pics of the coaches and their new teams here). Biggest Loser (7.4 million, 2.6) opened the night.

As the runner-up, CBS had NCIS (17.3 million, 3.5) glaring at spin-off NCIS: LA (14 million, 2.9). Both were down about 10 percent, followed by The Good Wife (12.2 million, 2.4), raising a nice 20 percent.

On third-place Fox, Glee (8.6 million, 3.6) rose 6 percent from last week’s season low, followed by Raising Hope (4.9 million, 1.9) and Traffic Light (3.0 million, 1.2).

Then there was ABC with Dancing With the Stars results (15.6 million, 2.9), getting crushed by The Voice in the demo, down 19 percent. At 10 p.m., Body of Proof (10.4 million, 2.0) slipped 9 percent.

The CW had One Tree Hill (1.2 million, 0.6) falling to a series low, and Hellcats (1 million, 0.4) tying its low. Both shows, along with Nikita, are awaiting word whether they will be renewed, but The CW is expected to bring at least two of them back. At this point Hellcats is the most likely to be left without a chair.

Read more:
‘The Voice’ Recap: Eight Is Enough
‘Glee’ recap: Fondue for Two, Rumors for All
‘Dancing With the Stars’ recap: Hippity, Hoppity, Van Intensit√©

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  • tnsmoke

    I watched The Good Wife in real time and recorded The Voice. Glad to hear the show got great ratings again. It seems like it wraps up faster then a season of Idol does, which is fine as 75% of Idol is filler anyway. I noticed more commercials on The Voice this week and hope NBC doesn’t kill this show with too many breaks in the flow.

    • LOL

      The Voice > American Idol

    • nsw

      A very good assessment, @tnsmoke. Greed isn’t good for TV shows and it has darn near killed Idol. Plus The Voice has Javier Colon. Did they name the show for this guy, or what?

  • maikel

    Proud te be a dutchman:)…we invented this show..(ep:john de mol)
    hugh succes over here..it’s fun to see that the format is exactly the same:)..hope u enjoy it as well..

    • Bob

      Question @maikel: from the field of 32, do you recall how many “battle” round they are before they get to the final 16? What’s the structure of these rounds? (Does each team battle just 2 members a week?) Going forward, The Voice is only 1 hr.

      • Maurice

        @Bob: The Dutch version was much longer (5 blind audition episodes, 3 battle episodes and 9 live shows). Each coach had 14 contestants to begin with (so 7 battles). After the 7 battles, 1 more contestant had to go and each coach started the live shows with 6 contestants. During the first couple of live shows, only half of the contestants (from 2 coaches) had to perform.

  • Andrew

    That’s certainly good news for them. I really liked the first episode. This week’s was definitely the weaker of the two, the talent just wasn’t as good but I’m looking forward to the Battle Rounds next week. If it were another Blind audition round, I’m not sure I’d be tuning in.

  • alice

    Yess get that TV smash Christina! So happy to see that the Voice is doing great

  • Stacey

    Surprising since all I have heard is fans not liking the second episode as much as the debut. We’ll see what happens now that auditions are over, and the blind auditions are done. And it just becomes a ordinary singing competition with contestants that aren’t so new to the business…

  • Tenney

    After hearing so many people say how much they liked The Voice last week I decided to watch it this week and was surprised that I liked it.
    I liked the premise of the show and the chemistry of the “coaches” with the way they bantered back and forth more so than the singers but I plan to keep watching. But why in the world would this be a 10:00 show???

    • Eric

      It’s a ten pm show because NBC needs stong10 pm shows to please affiliates. 10 pm leads into local news

  • Alicia

    I approve of the Adam Levine photo accompanying this article. That being said, I watched The Voice again this week, and it was great. Premiere episode’s talent was better, but it’ll be exciting to see the Battle rounds next week. I think Adam’s team is too stacked and will be impossible to beat!

  • Julie

    I liked the swivel chairs (Cee Lo looks like Dr Evil) and the interactions of the coaches (Adam and Blake are very funny), but I’m not sure how I’m going to like it in the battle rounds. It is moving rather quickly which I like. We’ll see…

  • Mike

    Whoa. The Voice CRUSHED Dancing with the Stars… That is pretty glaring. Guess it just goes to show, people care more about singing than dancing.

    • tp

      It was the Dancing With the Stars results show which never does that great…but glad for The Voice anyway.

      • yeah I said it

        dancing with the stars is such a lame show. Those dancers are already stars, so I prefer shows that have contestants working hard so that they become a star someday. It should be, give attention to dreamers that don’t have that big career yet.

      • Marie

        Well, let’s be honest here: how many of these contestants on Dancing with the Stars are really stars right now? They have a bunch of contestants that people have never heard of, along with those who haven’t been heard from in a while.

  • IA

    So far, I’m enjoying the Voice, but after the previews for next week, I’m a little concerned. We’ll see.

  • jfms777

    Clearly the shock revealed in the last “Good Wife” (in April) helped the ratings climb last night, despite
    the success of “The Voice.” Viewers are finding this great show.

  • Stroh

    It’ll be interesting to see how ratings for The Voice are affected by the timeslot change. I’m surprised they didn’t start thisshow at 8:00 and push The Biggest Loser back to 9:00.

  • Kevin

    “The Voice” definitely got what NBC wanted. This reality competition is even bigger and way better than IDOL.

    • Stacey

      Sorry, IDOL still wins the HH rating race, and the overall ratings. 12 million is still half what IDOL gets. It’a a reality show, so no wonder it gets big HH rating. We’ll see when it goes down to only one hour and is not the auditions and becomes a ordinary “vote for me” competition.

      • FR

        Idol winning the ratings right now has nothing to do with it being better though. The Voice is far more entertaining- it’s fresh, the judges are more relevant, and actually about the singing. Idol is an overstuffed pageant crammed into as many hours per week as FOX can fit it- way too much fat and not enough talent.

      • el

        You’re comparing apples to oranges. Idol- 9.85 and 11.24 for it’s first and second episodes, vs the Voice’s 11.77 and 12.4.

  • Janice

    I’m glad The Voice is doing well, but it does concern me that it will be moving to 10 p.m. next week. The only reason I can find is that NBC wants a big lead-in for the local news and The Tonight Show. I hope the ratings don’t decline.

  • Karissa

    This week I was not impressed. Almost turned it off. I will give the battle rounds a chance but after the disappointment from this week it won’t take alot for me to tune out. Which is disappointing because I love music.

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