NBC Boosts Ratings With TV’s Hottest Show “The Voice”

Primetime hit singing competition “The Voice” is the hottest thing on TV, boosting NBC weekly ratings March 18-25 through the roof. With three shows that dominate the competitive edge on Primetime TV, the only one raising the bar is the second season singing competition “The Voice” on NBC. You can be sure to see every episode when you take advantage of this Digital Cable Television Offer.

Captivating audiences for the 9th week in a row, “The Voice” has reigned in holding the #1 or #2 series for ages between 18 and 49 year olds. A Monday win yielded NBC the top spot in the ratings, capturing number one over both ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” and the CBS comedy block.

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The new singing contest featuring artists Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton as the shows coaches, has been the savior from years of poor ratings for NBC. Competing with Fox’s “American Idol” and ABC’s Dancing With The Stars”, “The Voice” has hit the mark as it offers the voices of America’s best a chance to shine without age limits or the restrictions that “Idol” boasts and it has drawn a broader age range of viewers.

Since last season, viewing has increased by 35 percent according to Nielson ratings, proving the ascent of the show in popularity. In contrast, “American Idol” viewing is down by 21 percent as the show moved to Wednesday on Fox. While ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” was the second most popular show on TV as it premiered last week, but was still down 17 percent from the first episode last spring.

Monday, March 26, 2012 wrapped up the battle rounds and narrowed down the final contestants for the live rounds to begin next week. The battle rounds were plagued with bad performances, the worst yet as far as singing goes in the episodes. The night kicked off with Team Cee Lo featuring James Massone and Wade in a rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” Both contestants hit flat notes and were pitchy at times. While Wade was a tiny bit better than James who sings like a child, picking a winner was tough.

The face-offs on the battle rounds serve the purposes of fun viewing and are much more thrilling than the karaoke that plagues this type of shows, plus it gives the coaches to fine tune their teams by culling out and picking off the weak singers before the live competition begins. Sadly, some spectacular voices were eliminated due to the restraint they showed like Lex Land, Sarah Golden, and Gwen Sebastian. Blake Shelton chose the young country sensation RaeLyn over a powerhouse singer in Adley Stump presumably due to target demographics.

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The results of tough decisions that have moved the show into the live contest next week have left a good group of promising stars. Cee Lo has an exciting and versatile style voice in Jamar Rogers. Lindsey Pavao, Christina’s pick, offered a strange take on Trey Songz’s “Say Aah.” Also on Aguilera’s team, Jesse Campbell, comes from a gospel background with phenomenal tone and range.

Last season’s winner performed well on the show, but subsequent albums were hit with lack of interest. “The Voice” is hoping for a star to substantiate the growing interest in the show this year. It’s do or die for NBC’s hottest hit.