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Ratings: ‘The Voice’ premieres strong, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ drops – 3/26/2013

[alert type="info"]UPDATE: The Voice adjusted up to 4.8, Dancing with the Stars up to 2.4, Revolution down to 2.6 — Rickey[/alert]

Credit: Adam Taylor/NBC

Credit: Adam Taylor/NBC

NBC really needed a win after the disastrous midseason they’ve been having. Luckily for the Peacock network, that’s exactly what they got, as the return of The Voice was just the shot in the arm NBC needed.

The fourth season premiere for the popular singing show earned a 4.7 rating, which helped propel the network to the top spot among adults 18-49. However, it was a good news/bad news scenario. The good news: the number bested last fall’s premiere (which earned a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating). The bad news (if you even want to call it bad news, given that TV viewership is down across the board): the rating fell well short of last spring’s 6.7 premiere.

However, the combined ratings successes of The Voice and the midseason premiere of Revolution could help NBC finish out the TV season strong. Revolution premiered with a respectable 2.7 rating, and while this is less than the 2.9 the series left off with in November, the series is expected to remain steady, if not improve via Live+3 viewership. The genre series has been among the TV season’s strongest performers in Live+3 DVR viewershio.

Of course, while the network was top-rated in the night among the key demographic, ABC retained the edge with total viewers.

Dancing with the Stars scored a 2.3, which is down nine tenths from last week’s 3.2 rating in the key demographic. Castle also took a hit, down a tenth from last week’s 2.2 rating, earning a 2.1 among adults 18-49.

Meanwhile, over on FOX, Bones scored a 1.9 rating, down two tenths from last week’s 2.1 in the key demographic. The Following continues to drop, falling to a 2.3, down two tenths from last week’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother hit a season low 2.7, down three tenths from last week’s 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Rules of Engagement also scored a season low number, dropping from a 2.3 to a 2.1 key demo rating.

But it wasn’t all bad news on the CBS comedy front: 2 Broke Girls scored a 2.9, up a tenth from last week’s 2.8, while Mike & Molly inched up two tenths to a 2.6, after last week’s season low 2.4. Yet the increases pretty much stopped there, as Hawaii Five-0 dropped to a 2.0, down a tenth from last week’s already unimpressive 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

But at least the show fared better than The Carrie Diaries. The freshman CW drama matched last week’s 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, which pretty much means it’s on cancellation watch, as we speak.

Via: TVBytheNumbers

So what do you think about these ratings? Will Dancing With the Stars rebound and give The Voice a run for its money? Sound off in the comments!

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Amanda Starr Kesel
Amanda Starr Kesel

Yes! Let's do it again tonight!!! :) Loving this season of The Voice!!!!

doobeedoo
doobeedoo

Hey, you guys who know this stuff better than I would--why wouldn't someone like Judith Hill go for Xfactor's $5M rather than the Voice?  Makes no sense to me.  

Idol has produced Kelly, Clay, Fantasia, Carrie, Adam Lambert, Scottie, the Smash chick, Jennifer Hudson, P to the 2nd Power...I don't see how you can argue that it doesn't produce stars.  Idol gives its singers a great spotlight.  All this said, the Idol stars haven't proven to be great songwriters as well. 

For whatever reason, the Voice is getting the best talent now and it has them singing the most current songs.  By far.  But I think the show really puts the spotlight on the judges whereas Idol puts more attention on the contestants.  And that's the reason that Philip Phillips, who probably wouldn't even get the chairs to turn on the Voice, is doing far better so far than any Voice contestant.  Personally I think it is too bad that an amazing talent like Cody Belew chose the Voice because he would've had a good shot at winning Idol this year (assuming Nigel let him in), and he would've done it with the sort of songs that he would have chosen on his own--like the Otis Redding/Black Crows song he blasted in his audition: country soul, which would absolutely find an audience.  

Meanwhile, I can't stand Xfactor as a show, but Simon can end up making that platform the most powerful in the end by putting Syco/Sony behind the top contestants.  It's telling that Willie Jones, who didn't make Xfactor's final shows, has far more Twitter followers than Lazaro, who leads the dudes on Idol.  If Simon can make Emblem 3 or the chics group, Lylas or whatever they are called, successful post show, Xfactor will hang in there.  




Mathieu R
Mathieu R

I'm with Trey and Nick. I am not excited about The Voice. I prefer Idol, though I realize it's a sinking ship. I wish Idol could evolve, but if the theme nights are any indication, that's just not going to happen.

It's interesting to compare the song choices on each show. It's hard to imagine anyone on Idol being able to sing "Sexy and I Know It". Instead we get a bunch of youngsters on Idol singing Beatles songs they don't know (blasphemy!) with blank expressions and little emotion. This will be followed by Motown, Big Band Classics, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Neil Diamond and the music of Simon & Garfunkel theme nights. 

Since Idol refuses to evolve, I suppose I must do so. But what happens when you have to move on, but the shiny new red button swivel chair format is also not exciting you either? Probably I need to be put out to pasture. LOL. At least until they find a way to smash the best of the two formats together. Idol has some things it does right. I feel like by the end of The Voice I hardly know or care about any of the contestants. It's more current, but I'm not invested.

zule
zule

Folks should also remember that the ratings rose during the fall season (i.e New Battle Rounds) so things are definitely looking up!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

My prediction was wrong and I am happy to be wrong again. :)

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

Idol premiered with a 6.0 rating this season but it has gone downhill from there.  If The Voice stays steady in the 4's that would be pretty dang good.  Idol had a 2.9 rating last Thursday which was really freaking sad and hopefully it will get better.  Ok I'm happy for both shows, I just hope that idol will still be around next season.  

Trey_
Trey_

IMO, I just don't see how they get high numbers. The show is decent, but its not enough for me to be like OMG THIS IS GREAT or to say that the format is better than Idol. Sigh. Congrats though.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@doobeedoo You guys need to stop being fixated with this "stars" thing because it's a myth. Idol only puts that out for self-promotion. StarSearch on CBS produced Usher, Beyonce, etc. and it's no longer on the air. So why hasn't that show gone back airing and claim that they "produce stars?"

It's all about ratings. Artists performing well after is just secondary.

There are many fans who believe that Phillip shouldn't have won last season because he can't sing. It's very ironic that the same Idol fans are using him now as a poster-child for Idol's success because he has a hit song -- that helps the "argument" that Idol makes "stars."

The transition is going to be tough for a lot of fans I know. But when Idol premieres next season as a non-phenomenon and perhaps a mea culpa from Nigel, then everything will be OK. 

Hey I survived. Rickey.org which was built on the popularity of Idol a few seasons ago -- is now more successful than ever even with decline of Idol (up to more than 50% reduced traffic).

Go The Voice!

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

The coaches are fun and the show is more fun. Idol use to be like that in it's golden age with Pauler/Simon/Randy.  :(  Idol just needs to loosen up and have fun again. Plus the 3 year curse, lols. Every 3 years we have a sucktastic season on idol. 

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@Mikhail XO True. TV viewership is down across the board.


And yeah, I'm always going to be an Idol guy, but I can't deny that Idol is irrefutably second banana. They may be better at creating stars, but The Voice is America's preferred singing show now, and it's pretty easy to see why, as The Voice just has this sense of pure fun to it that's been lacking from Idol in recent seasons. 

Also, the monstrous reaction to Christian Porter tells me Idol made a huge mistake this year not casting any WGWGs, as I imagine the frau is heading over to The Voice for her fix. That said, while I'm always going to be an Idol guy, first and foremost, Idol's problems this year extend far beyond the lack of a cute white guy with a six-string in his hands. 

Mathieu R
Mathieu R

@Rickey @doobeedoo AI has produced one or two stars, but AI has been going for twice as long as its competitors. Their ability to put out stars recently is just as spotty as The Voice or X-Factor.

What AI does well is create a backstory or narrative for the contestants. There's good and bad with that. The good is that it creates an investment in its characters- The Zoanettes and Charlie Askews and Lazaros and Angie Millers. They all have some kind of narrative behind them. The bad side of that is the potential for manipulation.

The Voice doesn't really do backstories. They come out and sing, and maybe that's the way it should be, even if it means we are not as invested. Their choice of modern songs is also a great thing about The Voice. Their judges all get along (or are professional enough to fake it). And they've found useful ways to make the judges useful beyond the initial auditions.

So I guess I can come around. Goodbye AI. *sniffles*

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Mikhail XO @Trey_I'm talking about Season's 1-5, lols.  Randy WAS fun, he isn't anymore. Remember "Randy is the glue" hahha. Plus 4 judges don't work on idol. They need to stick with 3 and have a faster pace show with MORE singing and better contestants.  I'm just frustrated with idol. It was such an amazing show, it still is but this crop of contestants really suck.  :( :( :(   

Trey_
Trey_

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ @ArchieSue No, Idol can get rid of Randy. I like TV judges too - the show just doesn't pop for me. 

KavitTuralSumud
KavitTuralSumud

@ArchieSue Yeah, the judges aren't having anywhere near the amount of fun that you can tell those on the Voice are.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@ArchieSue @Mathieu R @doobeedoo You can STILL WATCH AI, hello. I watch everything! I'm still OK. I don't understand this us vs. them mentality.

Personally, The Voice is just easier to watch. American Idol thrives on infruriating people ("Why is Lazaro still there? etc etc etc). The X Factor is just "over top" -- when it works (like in the UK version) it's great. When it doesn't -- US version, cough -- it's just pathetic.

But you can still watch all three (and more!) like I do. There's always something for everyone is my motto. :)

Go The Voice!

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Mathieu R @Rickey @doobeedoo NO don't leave us, lols.  Well The Voice have used back stories too. Remember Jamar Rogers? They milked that baby for a long time. Anyway it really doesn't matter. It's all about who produces a great show and so far The Voice is winning in that category with it's more current songs and platform. I still love both shows and will watch both.  :)

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

Because f-ing Nigel and company wanted a female winner this year. It was obviously cast that way on purpose. I'm sure there were plenty of talented WGWG's that got rejected, lols.  Nigel screwed up BIG time this season.  I blame him and the other producers for all this bull crap this season. I'm still mad that Kez Ban, Zoanette and Charlie didn't make it. 

Trey_
Trey_

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ @ArchieSue I'm not speaking on the whole season already, just from what i've seen the the past three seasons and last night. But this is just my opinion, just like its only your opinion that only 3 or 4 of the top 10 of Idol have talent. It's all objective! Lol. 

Trey_
Trey_

@ArchieSue @Mikhail XO @Trey_ Agreed Archie. The Voice's talent is blah. Judges are good but the show doesn't bounce out at me. Maybe Idol isn't as good as it has been in the past - but it is the standard which is why I guess it continues to hold my attention no matter what happens. 

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ Ok this is about The Voice ratings, lols.  The Voice is amazing but will the ratings hold on throughout the whole season?  Judging from last night the only two that stood out was WGWG and Judith.  

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@zule @ArchieSue @NickRoman1 @Mikhail XO @Trey_  No I'm not embarrassed at all. Pop Idol started it all but American Idol became a phenomenon.  I am so happy that Simon decided to bring American Idol to us. I have enjoyed  it every single season good or bad. I'm a fangirl for life, lols.  My only hope is that idol will survive a few more seasons. The producers need to go back and see what worked best for the seasons that did really well and become more current and maybe it will have better ratings. :)   As for The Voice it's still new like everyone has said and this is only the 4th season of it so who knows what it can do.  Anyway I hope there will be success for both shows, why not?  :)

zule
zule

@ArchieSue @zule @NickRoman1 @Mikhail XO @Trey_ In all those countries where the Idols format has been cancelled, they've been trounced by the Voice! Aren't you embarrassed that the home of Idols cancelled the show after two seasons!

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@zule @NickRoman1 @Mikhail XO @Trey_ Wow so idol only survived in the US? Very interesting, so that means The Voice US will produce chart topping talent down the road here in the US and worldwide. Amazing! 

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@Mikhail XO @NickRoman1 And also to be fair to The Voice, the seasons have had an absolutely unprecedented turnover. Two seasons a year? The crown hasn't even warmed on the winner's head before we're off finding another person to call The Voice. At least with Idol, a winner had the chance for the victory to sink in as they toured the country as The American Idol, maybe put out a single or a record. Has Cassadee Pope really had an opportunity to actually get out there in the public sphere yet before season 4 started?