WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 —“The Voice” has become THE talent show to beat this year. This season’s premiere had 13.5 million viewers, and one episode since then topped that with almost 14.5 million viewers.
Falling ratings for similar shows like “X Factor” and “American Idol” reflects audience weariness with competitive reality shows in general, but “The Voice” continues to buck the odds by adding viewers each season.
“The Voice” has continued to attract viewers while similar shows hemmorage viewers by keeping the show fresh and making some great choices for new judges. This season’s addition of Shakira and Usher to the already stellar judging panel that includes Blake Shelton and Adam Levine may have been the best decision by a reality show producer in years.
A quick glance at Facebook reveals that Shakira has over 65 million likes while Usher has just over 40 million. Over 100 million likes between them is quite phenomenal, and deserves at least part of the credit for the show’s rise in popularity.
In competitive reality shows the judges are everything. The discord between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on “American Idol” has been blamed for the show’s ratings freefall this past season. The two divas took over the show, making it more about their battle than about finding America’s next singing sensation.
At one time “Idol” was the ratings king with an amazing eight seasons at number one in the Nielsen ratings. This past season the show finished ninth with the lowest numbers since the show first aired back in 2002.
Unlike “Idol,” the judges on “The Voice” have managed to keep their egos in check while mentoring their teams. Despite having incredibly successful careers individually, the judges have never trumped the search for talent with a personal agenda. The ugliness that became “Idol’s” trademark has yet to rear its head this season on “The Voice.” Since the show wraps up next week, it’s a safe bet a battle of the egos won’t be part of the season.
At the end of the day the viewer wants personable and supportive judges who put the contestants above everything else. This year’s judging panel of “The Voice” has demonstrated just how effective good judges can be in securing a loyal audience.
So here’s a heads up to the net-heads; if you insist on continuing the talent show genre in your programming, see “The Voice” for how to do it right.
All times are EDT:
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night: Actors Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade.
CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) A teen girl is kidnapped when a Navy captain, his daughter and her friend are attacked. Meanwhile, Tony gets jealous when Ziva makes plans with a mysterious man.
FOX: So You think You Can Dance: (New) The contestants go to Las Vegas for callbacks to compete for a spot in the Top 20.
NBC: The Voice: (Live) The finalists are revealed, plus performances from Fall Out Boy, Terry McDermott, Tony Lucca and Nicholas David.
CW: Hart of Dixie: (Repeat) A high-school boy develops a crush on Zoe, and she’s advised not to break his heart until after the big football game. Meanwhile, Lemon wants AnnaBeth to be her partner in a catering business; and Lavon attempts to impress Ruby’s grandfather.
ABC: NBA Countdown: (Live) Pre-game show.
ABC: NBA Finals: Game 3: Heat at Spurs: (Live) Game 3 of the championship series. Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs from the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) A marine’s distraught widow questions the circumstances surrounding his death in combat, so Sam and Callen investigate to determine if there is a cover-up. Meanwhile, the team fears that Hetty is ordering another brutal evaluation when she brings in a psychologist.
NBC: America’s Got Talent: (New) Howie, Howard, Heidi and Mel B continue their search for America’s most talented act.
CW: America’s Next Top Model: College Edition: (Repeat) The models travel to Jamaica, where they participate in a dance challenge. At the photo shoot, the girls float on a river raft and must use their body language to express a love triangle that also includes Rob Evans and a local male model.
CBS: Brooklyn DA: (New) A prosecutor works to convict an alleged arsonist accused of causing a fire that left five residents of a Brooklyn tenement dead. At the same time, tensions run high as the long-planned takedown of a suspected art thief is at risk of being exposed.
New episodes of:
Deadliest Catch: On Deck at 8 p.m. on DSC
World’s Busiest Border Crossing at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel
Property Virgins at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on HGTV
Mythbusters at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI
Hardcore Pawn at 9 p.m. on truTV
Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC
Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on Life
Polygamy, USA at 9 p.m. on NGC
The Haves and the Have Nots at 9 p. m. on OWN
Storage Wars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E
Counting Cars at 9:30 p.m. on History Channel
Bang Goes the Theory at 9, 9:40 and 10:20 p.m. on BBC
Exit at 10 p.m. on Syfy
Gangsters: America’s Most Evil at 10 p.m. on BIO
Swamp Murders at 10 p.m. on ID
Pretty Wicked Moms at 10 p.m. on Life
Taboo USA at 10 p.m. on NGC
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
American Restoration at 10 p.m. on History Channel
Shipping Wars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on A&E
Backyard Oil at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
Inside Amy Schumer at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central
For movie lovers:
The Mummy Returns on AMC
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on CINEMAX
Blazing Saddles on ENC
Boat Trip on FLIX
Marley & Me on FMC
Superman Returns on FX
Little Miss Sunshine on IFC
The Good Girl on SUND
Baby Face on TCM
Dr. T and the Women on TMC
The Three Stooges on HBO
Election on MOMAX
360 on SHO
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic at 9:30 p.m. on SHO
Female at 9:30 p.m. on TCM
Dirty Love at 9:35 p.m. on FLIX
The Spy Who Loved Me at 10 p.m. on REELZ
Great Expectations at 10 p.m. on SUND
Chicago at 10:05 p.m. on TMC
The Hills Have Eyes at 10:15 p.m. on IFC
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