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Are 'The Voice' ratings cracking? 'Idol' back on top

After weeks of victory-lap headlines, NBC’s The Voice is starting to falter somewhat in the ratings — with Fox’s American Idol retaking the lead.

NBC’s music competition continues to rule most nights it airs, just like Tuesday evening when the first Voice results show of the season dominated a somewhat modestly rated field of contenders. The Voice delivered 8.4 million viewers and a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. With ABC’s Dancing With the Stars results show (15.4 million, 2.7) down 13 percent and Fox’s tent-pole comedy New Girl (4.6 million, 2.3) down 12 percent, how can you bag on The Voice, right?

Except, The Voice has declined the last five weeks in a row. It’s down 52 percent this week from its first Monday episode. And while the media justifiably made plenty of noise about The Voice overthrowing Fox’s genre-leading American Idol back in February, few noticed that three weeks ago, the Idol performance show climbed back to the top of the weekly race — and has stayed there.

Both episodes of The Voice this week are actually below the show’s first week of live shows last year, which aired during June when TV viewing levels are traditionally lower. And that ratings slippage is despite The Voice receiving a record-setting boost at the start of this second season thanks to its Super Bowl lead-in. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' scoop: 'The Voice' coach Adam Levine in negotiations for season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is already a major reality TV star thanks to his gig on NBC’s The Voice, but now the musician is switching over to scripted television. EW can exclusively reveal that Levine is in final negotiations to appear in season 2 of FX’s hit thriller American Horror Story. In his television acting debut, Levine will be playing a contemporary character and half of a couple called “The Lovers.” AHS producers are so fond of Levine that they are shooting around his summer touring schedule.

While the second season of AHS, set to premiere on FX in October, has been cloaked in secrecy, we do know that original cast members Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe will be returning as entirely different characters. Co-creator Ryan Murphy has also said that season 2 will be set in on the East Coast and in a “horror institution.”

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‘The Voice': Charlotte Sometimes, Tony Vincent and Jermaine Paul talk battle rounds, coaches, and Purrfect the cat — VIDEO

'The Voice': Charlotte Sometimes, Tony Vincent and Jermaine Paul talk battle rounds, coaches, and Purrfect the cat -- VIDEO

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Week one of battle rounds may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the remaining artists left on NBC’s The Voice can rest easy. In fact, the pressure is higher than ever, and three of this season’s contestants dropped by EW to talk about just that.

Charlotte Sometimes (Team Blake), Jermaine Paul (Team Blake) and Tony Vincent (Team Cee Lo) — all New York locals — swung by the EW office last week to answer some of the more pressing questions we had (that host Carson Daly doesn’t already answer for us!). How does it feel to be a Twitter trending topic? What’s life like in Cee Lo Land? And have they ever gotten the pleasure – nay, privilege – of encountering Purrfect the cat?

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'The Voice' ratings climb for battle rounds, and 'Smash' rises too

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Most expected NBC’s The Voice ratings to go down once the show moved from its popular audition phase into the battle rounds. Instead the numbers went up — and boosted Smash too.

Aided by CBS running repeats last night, NBC’s Monday lineup of The Voice (16.7 million viewers, 6.1 adults 18-49 rating) and Smash (7.9 million, 2.7) posted gains over last week. Voice was up 13 percent and Smash climbed 17 percent. NBC is wisely ramping up Voice‘s star power for its battle rounds this year, adding Kelly Clarkson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Robin Thicke, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie and Ne-Yo as guest coaches. This is the best Voice adult demo rating since its premiere week.

The climb was particularly helpful for 10 p.m.’s Smash, which fell drastically from its Super Bowl week premiere last month, then seemed to perk up slightly, and then last night showed some real spark. Smash was probably aided by repeats on other networks more than Voice, though, since both Castle and Hawaii Five-0 were encores in the hour. Still, nobody forces anybody to watch a TV show, and this was a great night for the Peacock.

Also last night: The “Women Tell All” edition of The Bachelor (8.1 million, 2.5) was on par. Fox’s two-hour edition of Alcatraz (5.7 million, 1.8) was steady with last week’s modestly rated hour. (And for those that haven’t heard, Alcatraz‘s chances of renewal likely went up since Terra Nova was just cancelled.)

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Battle rounds begin on 'The Voice' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Good lord, how in the world do you pick between Anthony Evans and Jesse Campbell?

In this exclusive clip from NBC’s The Voice, the two crooners from Team Xtina duke it out while singing “If I Ain’t Got You” during the first two-hour Battle Round that begins Monday.

“The big difference the Voice has is that, while the [singers] are competing, they still help each other as artists,” Executive Producer Mark Burnett told EW. “Yes, someone will win and someone will lose. But they are both human beings. It makes the show great. It’s a real celebration of art.”

Make the early call: Who will advance after belting Alicia Keys? READ FULL STORY

Wednesday's 'American Idol' ratings slip below 'The Voice'

Now it’s a fight. Fox’s American Idol (15.9 million viewers, 5.1 adults 18-49 rating) slipped 16 percent in the ratings Wednesday night, finishing firmly lower in the adult demographic than Monday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice (16 million, 6.0). Though Idol will likely improve a 10th or so in the national ratings, last night’s episode won’t overtake NBC’s show earlier this week. Fox still has a shot of keeping Idol on top of the weekly TV series charts, however, when another episode of Idol airs tonight. (ABC’s Oscars telecast on Sunday is expected to win the week overall.)

If Voice beats both Idols for the week, it wouldn’t be unprecedented. But the first couple weeks of The Voice season 2, premiering out of the NBC’s mega-rated Super Bowl coverage, wasn’t really an apples-to-apples comparison to Idol, which had already been on the air for several weeks. Now things have settled down and the shows are proving to be extremely competitive. Last week, The Voice came within a 10th of a rating point of toppling Idol on the charts and this week it’s poised to win.

The landscape could shift again after The Voice finishes its chair-spinning audition phase and gets into the less-hypnotic battle rounds. One could argue The Voice is in the most popular phase of its competition while Idol is in one of its weakest (revealing the Top 24). READ FULL STORY

'Hawaii Five-0' overtakes 'Smash' but 'Voice' tops

NBC continued its Monday winning streak, thanks to The Voice generating another near-American Idol-sized rating.

The Voice (15.8 million viewers, 5.8 adults 18-49 rating) won all four of its half hours, its numbers climbing throughout, and was down just a sliver overall from last week’s episode. The Voice has held up impressively since its post-Super Bowl return, though another test comes once the show finishes its popular audition rounds.

As for NBC’s new musical drama Smash (6.5 million, 2.3), the show fell 18 percent and was overtaken by CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 (10.2 million, 2.8) in the 10 p.m. hour, perking up 4 percent this week. Smash has gone from a 3.8 premiere rating to 2.8 last week to last night’s 2.3 — not a fun trajectory for a network. ABC’s Castle (9.7 million, 2.1) — which has often won this time period — was in third place. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice': Tony Lucca sizes up the competition. Plus, a special performance. -- EW VIDEO

Team Adam is in good shape. Or so says team member and former mouseketeer Tony Lucca, who audiences watched secure a spot on the Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine’s team on The Voice earlier this month.

As blind auditions continue and the judges keep on building their teams of eight, Lucca took advantage of some of his downtime to stop by EW for a performance of his original song “Death of Me” and size up his competition, which comes courtesy of fellow mentors Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green. READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell suggests Super Bowl for 'X Factor,' 'Idol,' and 'The Voice'

We’re not sure which would make a better television special: a supernova competition between winners of The X Factor, American Idol, and The Voice, or a cage match between über-producers Simon Cowell and Nigel Lythgoe.

On Thursday, the two men engaged in a brief Twitter exchange that suggests a friendly rivalry could make for great TV if it ever found its way into broadcast. First, this from X Factor’s Cowell: “Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I’d be up for it.”

Lythgoe then replied via @dizzyfeet: “@simoncowell suggests the IDOL winner should take on the voice and x-factor winners. The problem is the Idol winner will be a star by then.” Oh, snap! READ FULL STORY

'Smash,' 'Alcatraz,' 'Voice' dip as NBC wins Monday

NBC won Monday night with another impressive performance from The Voice, but its new drama series Smash fell a worrisome amount in the ratings.

Smash (8.1 million viewers, 2.8 adults 18-49 rating) was down 26 percent from last week’s premiere, yet still won the 10 p.m. hour. Smash‘s dip partly reflects a drop from its lead-in, The Voice (16.1 million, 5.9), which fell 12 percent from last week’s debut.

You don’t want to paint Monday’s ratings poorly for NBC because, when taken as a snapshot, this was a great night for the network — NBC won every time period and put pressure on rivals (usual victor CBS watched its sitcom block fall to season lows). Yet when looking at ratings, you’re also following the trends. The Voice dip is actually good news, declining a mere 12 percent the week after a show’s huge Super Bowl-fueled launch is as strong as one can reasonably expect. The Smash drop is problematic, however. The musical was at a fine level — you just hope the brakes come on during the next couple weeks. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice': Hey, that's Jordis from 'Rock Star'!

Anyone who loved the short-lived CBS show Rock Star should have felt major déjà vu on Monday. That’s because Jordis Unga, one of the participants from the INXS season, showed up on stage.

It’s hard to blame Voice executive producer Mark Burnett for recycling singers from his old show. Rock Star unearthed some extraordinary talent, and it was a shame it never went the distance. (If only Van Halen would have agreed to find its new frontman on CBS.)

On Monday, Unga, 29, performed “Maybe I’m Amazed” and had everyone but Adam Levine (WTH?) turning around to greet her. Maybe she should have gone with “Man Who Sold the World” from Rock Star instead (which is also a favorite of Rock Star’s No. 1 fan, Dalton Ross). Check it out here: READ FULL STORY

'Smash' starts solid; 'Voice' tops Monday ratings

Monday’s twin debuts of The Voice in its regular time slot and freshman drama Smash delivered pretty good news for NBC.

As expected, The Voice‘s ratings (17.7 million viewers, 6.6 adults 18-49) dropped sharply from Sunday’s post-Super Bowl debut. The singing competition was down 60 percent. But this was NBC’s highest-rated regular entertainment series telecast in over four years and gave the network a rare Monday night victory. It’s also up 29 percent from last year’s series debut of The Voice and grew steadily each half hour.

NBC’s Smash (11.5 million, 3.8) news was a bit more mixed. The musical was the third-highest-rated new drama debut of the season and delivered the biggest 10 p.m. rating of any drama this season. Yet even with the mammoth Voice lead-in, four rival network shows had higher ratings. Plus, Smash dropped pretty sharply after The Voice, then dipped again during its second half hour. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' stuns: Biggest non-sports TV rating in six years

Wow: You expected NBC’s post-Super Bowl season 2 premiere for The Voice to be big.

But not this big.

The Voice returned to 37.6 million viewers and a 16.3 rating among adults 18-49. That’s — and here’s the killer claim — the highest rating for a non-sports telecast on any network in six years. It’s the biggest number since the post-Super Bowl telecast of Grey’s Anatomy in 2006. It’s also up 47 in the demo versus Fox’s post-Bowl airing of Glee last year.

Can NBC’s ratings victory continue tonight with the premiere of Smash?

More to come…

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