TV tonight: The Voice continues its ratings domination plus NBA finals

The judges on ‘The Voice’ help propel it to the top of the ratings

Photo: NBC/The Voice

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.

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 “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.

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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. 

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

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.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: NBA Countdown: (Live) Pre-game show.

9 p.m.

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.

10 p.m.

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.

Basic cable:

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:

8 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

The Three Stooges on HBO

Election on MOMAX

360 on SHO

Later tonight:

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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