'The Voice' ends on average note, 'Love in the Wild' debuts tame


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NBC’s first season finale for The Voice ended on a relatively modest note Wednesday night, while new reality show Love in the Wild got off to a tame start.

Airing earlier than usual at 8 p.m. for the second and final week, The Voice — which saw contestant Javier Colon crowned winner — was heard by 10.8 million viewers and received a 3.5 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. That’s easily enough to win the hour and to rank as NBC’s best non-sports performance in this slot in years. (Plus, it was up 6 percent from last week’s season low.) But it’s down from The Voice average and softer than one would expect for the hit show’s last results show.

The Voice gave America’s Got Talent (13.3 million, 4.0) a boost at 9 p.m., which fed into the series premiere of Love in the Wild (6.5 million, 2.2). The new Survivor-meets-Bachelor reality show won its hour, but shed plenty of viewers from its lead-in and delivered a lower rating than the premiere of Losing It With Jillian last year.

Meanwhile, Fox’s two-hour So You Think You Can Dance (5.4 million, 1.9) placed last among the reality competition, plus dropped 14 percent from last week.

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  • bamalam

    As the season went on, The Voice became way too predictable based on fan comments on sites such as this. Maybe that could explain why the ratings were modest?

    • lefty

      It really did become too predictable.

    • RK

      Who wants to watch some guy from One Republic?

      • PN

        I liked Ryan Tedder’s performance with Beverly. But radio loves Ryan’s voice, when his band OneRepublic Secrets cooled down, Rocketeer with Far East Movement popped up and when that song cooled down, Good Life pops up! His falsetto voice is such a good hook on singles on pop radio that they don’t want to let him go.

    • Bettina

      Predictable + 8:00 Pacific meant I could go online, read performance descriptions and who won and decide not to bother. Next year, need to focus more on showcasing contestants’ talents versus overwhelming with effects, backup dancers, duets with mediocre celebrities, etc. Some of my favorite performances were from the first round.

  • Stacey

    Very interesting. The Voice seems to be doing opposite of what AI did in it’s first season. Very modest opening (AI), but exploded by the end of the season. While Voice did big opening and has been dipping ever since. It’s still major for NBC standards but for a finale; not good. Wonder if it was because it was so predictable. It was either going to be Dia or Javiar. Anyone tracking Itunes knew the final two. And even Itunes had Dia winning. I am surprised it had a drop for the finale. I expect NBC to try to run it longer and make it like American Idol. The short season once the blind auditions and battle rounds were over probably didn’t help.

  • Flip

    Glad The Voice’s ratings are down. They deserve to be down because of that horrid choice Javier. Ugh.

  • richard

    results should have been on at 9pm.Other then that the show did well.They will tweak it for the second season.They probably should exclude the songs from the Itunes charts to ensure its a little harder to figure out the winner.

    • Scott

      I agree. And have the judges rank their contestants. That way the audience won’t know who got the votes and who were the judges’ picks.

  • JerseyJoe

    Screw Bieber & his phony endorsement of Colon. Too many minions in the world follow other people’s opinions than having an opinion of their own.

    Voice started strong, especially those battle rounds, that was where the show differed from any other. But the show progressed to self-endorsements with the judges actually taking to the stage.

    PS No matter who won, ask yourself this: would you actually buy Colon’s or Frampton’s album or go & spend $$$ to see them in their own concert? That is why they group them together. This is just an entertainment show, nothing more nothing less.

    PS Voice from Holland had way better singers than any of these Americans.

    • PN

      Sometimes, I think that Blake Shelton’s gushiness about Dia Frampton might have turned some viewers off on the Wednesday show. And I think the other coaches boasting about their singers might have turned off some viewers on later shows. Christina Aguilera overdid it by a third when she had Frenchie Davis and Beverly McClellan, like some overcaffeinated den mother.

    • Jan

      I’d buy Xenia’s album, assuming the songs are well-written.

  • Karate Pants

    In the dating/reality show fluff realm, Love in the Wild was great fun, I hope it survives.

    • tommymommy

      I enjoyed Love in Wild as well. Will be tuning in next week.

  • PN

    Maybe it was lower in the final rating because of the fatigue some people are having from these singing competitions going on and on. And plus, it’s the summer months–most folks were probably going on vacation for the July 4th holiday for the next 7 to 10 days. It’s actually been 23 straight weeks with American Idol’s season and the last weeks of The Voice from January to June 29th. The networks need to take a break sometimes, not have the shows’ runs so close together like that. Idol’s people didn’t see that coming with The Voice’s strong start in April. And while I liked the Voice and its 8 finalists, it pales in comparison to Idol’s strong 10th season of its 13 finalists.

  • Laura

    I had to stop watching. Christina Aguleria was barely covered and made several inappropriate comments to some of the singers (“I just want you to take your pants off”). Also, Carson Daley is B-O-R-I-N-G as host. He is about as animated as a statue. I won’t waste any more of my time of this garbage.

    • PN

      I thought that Carson got better hosting the later shows, but the first two live shows, he was as boring and stiff as milquetoast! A far cry from his enthusiastic hosting on TRL on MTV. He relaxed a little.

    • Anya

      I agree. There were so many times I was saying “Shut Up Christina.” Hopefully, she will not return. She seems like such a phoney.

      Carson should take some lessons from Seacrest about hosting. He seems so stiff, bored and uninterested in the whole thing.

      • Jethro

        COMING BACK ALERT! Christina just signed for 2 more seasons/years! Maybe she will then fit into those oh so tight clothes!

    • jimmy

      I can’t agree more. She was disinterested for most of the preformances and was the only coach who was only willing to work with women. Also, imagine any of the guys said take your pants off to the female contestant…

  • Derrick

    I’m guessing the ratings were down due to the fact it was on an hour earlier than usual.

    • PN

      I didn’t mind the 8 pm hour. I didn’t want that long, sometimes overloaded with guests, 2 hour finale that most competition shows love to do. They didn’t want to be criticized like American Idol does with their big 2 hour season finales so they kept it to only one hour.

  • lostfan23

    This show quickly lost its pizzaz and we were left with over-complimented performances and judges that said sweet nothings. I am afraid that no one will remember Javier’s name by Labor Day.

  • really?

    Can’t wait for this crap fest and american fido to cannabolize each other so this fake ass crap can leave the air….pathetic, brain dead bs that appeals to losers…its a shame this country is full of so many idiots

    • teresa

      You including yourself in your assessment??

  • KeeKeeDee

    First “best performance in years” for NBC means this show will be on, I’d guess, for a minimum of 5 more years. Second, with Mark Burnett behind this, trust me, he’s going to be doing all sorts of tweaking to make Season 2 more exciting.

  • Matt

    1. Nah, people tune in for the excitement and the performances. Last night was just the end. People can look up the results online at 9:02.
    2. Who the heck is the audience for Love in the Wild? No wonder if got horrific ratings. I can’t think who would want to see that.
    3. SYTYCD ratings are down probably because we didn’t get to know many of the finalists until… the finals. Maybe that’s because while they’re all outstanding dancers, there aren’t many stand-out personalities this year.

    • Alienate

      Actually, I found Love in the Wild to be a “guilty pleasure” that is nice to DVR and watch at bedtime.

  • Anya

    While I enjoyed all of the performances, my least favorite was Bev’s duet. I’ll blame Christina for influencing her to overstylize at inappropriate times. She was doing well, then WHAM, there was a bunch of misplaced runs that ruined it.

    • Liya

      I loved the runs. Everyone has different tastes, I guess.


    SYTYCD has the best talent ever this year-especially the girls. I love American Idol but I tried watching VOICE 3 different times and gave it up. It seemed more about the judges than the contestants. I like listing to CA’S music but got tired of listening to her as a judge.

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