TV tonight: The Voice, NCIS, and Robin Roberts Countdown to the CMAs

Robin Roberts talks with the giants of country music tonight on ABC Photo: ABC/In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts: Countdown to the CMA Awards

WASHINGTON, Nov 5, 2013 —Although audience fatigue with competitive reality shows has been the subject of many TV commentaries, “The Voice” is a wonderful exception to the rule. For the first time since records have been kept, “The Voice” on NBC has been number one in the 18 to 49 demographic for each of the first six Tuesdays since its current season started.

“The Voice” has accomplished this by having the most enjoyable and popular panel of judges of any competitive show now on the air. Rather than spending half the show tugging at our jaded heart strings with competitors’ weepy back stories, we are entertained by the give and take between the judges.

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The competitors get enough air time to display their skills and take in the expert advice of their coaches, but the popularity of the show is undeniably because of the magic between the judges.

With the addition of Cher to the panel of celebrity advisors, it is no wonder that “The Voice” is propelling NBC to the number one spot on Tuesday nights.

For those who are tired of competitive reality shows no matter how entertaining they may be, CBS’s ratings giant “NCIS” is a great alternative. Despite being on the air for eleven seasons, NCIS has grown from its first season rank of 26th to number one in its tenth season last year. The show averaged over 21 million viewers last year, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Never underestimate the value of a well timed head smack.

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For something more cerebral and thought provoking, at 8 p.m. PBS continues with its series, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.” Tonight’s episode encompasses the years between 1861 and 1896. From slaves joining the ranks of the north to evading the southern campaign of terror during the years following the Civil War, tonight’s episode should be one of the best of the series.

At 10 p.m. on ABC, “In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts: Countdown to the CMA Awards” promises to be as informative as it will be entertaining. Jason Aldean discusses fame and family, and Luke Bryan opens up about family tragedies with Robin. Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers are also on hand to discuss favorite country duets, but honestly, they had me at Robin Roberts.

And since I live in Virginia, I’ll leave you with this thought; don’t forget to vote today!

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