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Ratings: The Sing-Off down 37% from last year

The Sing-Off was up from last week at 1.7 but this was down 37% from last year’s season finale. What a disappointing result. I am now worried for The Voice which will air on Monday in 2012 — although, that show won’t see competition from Dancing with the Stars until March 2012. Let’s just hope for the best. Meanwhile, NBC needs to put The Sing-Off back for two-weeks in December where it belongs. Who knows, it may even beat The X Factor with a short season.

The rest of the numbers:

From TVbytheNUmbers:

With an all-repeat lineup, CBS still bested Fox’s originals to win the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers.

Terra Nova and House were each up only a tenth versus last week (when CBS aired originals) to 2.2 and 2.6 adults 18-49 ratings respectively.

Terra Nova’s CGI “slashers” were no match for the classic 45 year old animated Dr. Seuss classic ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ or the more recent Shrek the Halls or the CBS repeats. The ‘Grinch’ was up 14% versus last year’s telecast and ‘Shrek the Halls’ was up 8%. You Deserve It fell 18% from last week’s premiere to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

The finale of NBC’s The Sing Off was up vs. last week, but down 37% from last year’s short season (finale was on 12/20/10) to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

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@Rickey huh?? There were more episodes this season than the last 2 combined.

And the format was changed in the sense they had 16 teams split into 2 groups, eventually merged into finalists, and more than once the bottom 2 faced off against each other in a sudden death round.

But, all of the extra bells and whistles and the extended run are NOT the ratings killer you're suggesting. It was the competition (DWTS and the CBS comedies), coupled with the fact that the mainstream is generally blind to good, entertaining television and prefers watching utter crap.


Rickey, the numbers were down because it was competing directly with DWTS.

It has NOTHING to do with the format change and additional episodes.


Then I have to disagree with you. Extending the series (adding episodes) was part of the problem. The whole appeal of this show (and the Battle of the Choirs previously) was that it was a short compact season in December.


There was no format change -- they just aired it once a week -- competing with DWTS as you said. There were no "additional episodes" -- it just felt that way!

For two seasons, the show aired almost everyday for about two weeks -- so it was quick and exciting to watch. So the season which had let's say 8 episodes -- was extended to two months instead of two weeks.

I think NBC really wanted to test the waters on Monday night and how The Voice / Smash will fare against DWTS and the CBS comedies. Well, it doesn't look good right now. The sweet spot for The Voice was Tuesday Night 9-11 pm. However NBC really loves The Biggest Loser on Tuesdays. We'll see what happens!