'The Voice' revives Matthew Perry's struggling sitcom

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What a difference The Voice makes.

Night 2 of the Spring edition of NBC’s reality hit not only held up well in the ratings, but it resuscitated Matthew Perry’s struggling sitcom Go On.

Voice had 12 million viewers and a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49. That’s off a tenth from its second episode last fall, and down 19 percent from Monday’s premiere. Go On (5.6 million, 2.1), which featured a cameo from Perry’s former Friends co-star Courteney Cox, jumped 110 percent from last week’s deaths-door rating (and is probably artificially boosted further by having a minute of Voice overrun in these numbers).

The Voice Effect also helped The New Normal (3.6 million, 1.4), but not nearly as much — up 56 percent. By the time Smash (3.1 million, 1.0) aired at 10 p.m., NBC’s ratings had returned to Crapsville (population: Smash). We’ve been hearing Go On and New Normal are likely to return next season, by the way.

With The Voice returning to Tuesdays, NCIS barely blinked — down only a tenth. But other reality shows took a hit. The second week of ABC’s diving competition show Splash, well, dived — down 38 percent from its premiere last week. Fox’s veteran Hell’s Kitchen fell only a tenth, but that’s an all-time low for the show (which typically airs during the summer).

Also Tuesday: Dancing results was down 26 percent from last year. ABC’s Body of Proof rose to beat CBS’ Golden Boy, which dipped, and won 10 p.m. NCIS: LA was down 10 percent. Fox’s New Girl was down 4 percent and Mindy Project was down 12 percent.

Full Chart:

FOX 8-9P HELL’S KITCHEN #7 1.9 4,570
9:00P NEW GIRL #5 2.2 4,264
9:30P MINDY PROJECT #10 1.5 2,810
ABC 8-9P SPLASH #9 1.6 6,666
9-10P DANCING RESULTS P #4 2.3 13,074
10-11P BODY-PROOF #8 1.7 9,583
CBS 8-9P NCIS #2 3.1 18,063
9-10P NCIS:LA #3 2.6 14,322
10-11P GOLDEN BOY #11t 1.4 8,079
NBC 8-9P VOICE P #1 3.9 12,017
9:00P GO ON #6 2.1 5,642
9:30P NEW NORMAL #11t 1.4 3,584
10-11P SMASH #13 1.0 3,111
CW 8-9P HRE-P CTNTL-CW RS #14 0.4 1,141
9-10P BEAST R #15 0.2 655
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