Gwen Stefani In Talks To Take Christina Aguilera’s Chair On NBC’s ‘The Voice’

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 7:50pm PDT

Gwen StefaniNBC will have two “new” judges for The Voice in the fall as Gwen Stefani is in talks to replace the pregnant Christina Aguilera as a coach for Cycle 7, which starts taping in June. According to informed sources, Stefani also had been in talks for a judge position on ABC’s Rising Star, the interactive singing competition that’s set to premiere June 22. And she has experience on these kinds of shows, having mentored on Fox’s American Idol. The No Doubt singer and fashion icon might have given fans at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival TheVoice__121109194015-200x112__130425000858__130502160756__130516211150something of a Voice fall preview last week when she joined Pharrell Williams onstage for a take on her 2005 solo hit “Hollaback Girl.” NBC announced last month that Williams will join The Voice next season, replacing CeeLo Green, who had announced his departure in February.

Related: Chris Martin Joins ‘The Voice’ As Show Makes A Format Change
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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘Voice’ Adjusted Up, ‘Chicago Fire’ & ‘About A Boy’ Down

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 2:22pm PDT

BRETT DALTON, CHLOE BENNET, CLARK GREGGUPDATE, 2:22 PM: The final numbers are in and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has seen a rise of two tenths for a second week in a row. While still down from last week’s 2.0/6, last night’s 1.9/6 is not the series low for ABC’s superspy agency drama as preliminary numbers indicated this morning. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s all-time low was a 1.8 on March 4. NBC’ also saw adjustments in its lineup with The Voice up a tenth to 2.9/9 to tie a low for a regularly scheduled show, and About A Boy and Chicago Fire down a tenth each for the latter to hit a season low.

Related: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Smashes April Opening Record

PREVIOUS, 9:05 AM: After tease after tease this season, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.7/6) last night finally plunged full force into the greater Marvel Universe with a crossover to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Even with the heavily promoted crossover, plus betrayals and revelations galore, the superspy agency series didn’t see the blockbuster results of the just-released superhero pic.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: NCAA Final Slips, Still Tops, ‘Dream Builders’ Soft Behind ‘Voice’

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It was a Cinderella story in last night’s NCAA basketball tournament championship, NCAA Championship Ratings UConn Kentuckywith Connecticut and Kentucky making it to the title game in a matchup of two of the lower-seeded teams in history to make it … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘NCIS’ Slips, ‘Mindy Project’ Craters, ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘The Voice’ Down

NCIS APRIL 1Looks like the next NCIS (2.3/8) spinoff has gotten off to a slightly unsteady start. After seeing a small rise last week, Tuesday’s second episode of the “Crescent City” two-parter with Scott Bakula dipped 8% from its March 25 episode. On a night that didn’t give big jumps to anyone, that’s a season low for the long-running procedural. The setting up of a Big Easy-based version of NCIS was again the night’s most-watched show, with 16.84 million tuning in, though down a slight 2% from last week. A little bit ahead of its lead-in in the adults 18-49 demo, NCIS: LA (2.4/7) remained even with it March 25 airing. Coming off a big gain last week, Person Of Interest (1.9/6) dipped 5% last night from its previous episode. With all that, CBS took the night in the demo (2.2/7) and in total viewers with 14.49 million.

On Fox’s Glee (0.9/3) it was all New York, New York with the former McKinley High gang starting to strut their stuff in the city that never sleeps. It was a move that didn’t seem to garner much goodwill among the demo: The 102nd episode of the series fell 18% from last week to tie a series low. If Glee’s fall stung, the cratering of The Mindy Project hurt worse. Back for the first time in two months, a double dose of the comedy at 9 PM and 9:30 each drew a 1.0/3 result in 18-49 – that’s a 33% free-fall from the series’ last 9:30 PM original January 31. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale Sets Series Highs, ‘Friends With Better Lives’ Gets Sampled

Nellie Andreeva

himymfinaleUPDATE: Here are the final Live+Same Day ratings for the How I Met Your Mother series finale: 5.4 rating among adults 18-49, up a tenth from the fast national, and 13.13 million total viewers. The Friends with Better Lives premiere was adjusted down a tenth to a 2.6 in 18-49. ABC’s Dancing With the Stars inched up to a 2.3.

PREVIOUS: How I Met Your Mother may have divided fans but it sure brought them to TV in a big way — especially the series’ core younger demographics. Last night’s hourlong farewell episode of the long-running CBS comedy series set across-the-board series highs, drawing 12.94 million total viewers, a 5.3 rating in adults 18-49 (up 51% from last week), and a 5.8 in 18-34, with its ratings certain to go even higher in the finals. Given how rare such beloved comedy series are these days, it was somewhat surprising that CBS didn’t make an event of its farewell. For instance, the finales of NBC’s Friends and The Office and CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond all were preceded by retrospective specials, goosing up the numbers for the closing episodes. Instead, the HIMYM finale was a self-starter at 8 PM.

Related: The Quiet Groundbreaker: How ‘HIMYM’ Pushed The Sitcom Form

After such an emotional experience from 8-9 PM, friendswithbetterlivesmany HIMYM fans admitted online that it was hard for them to stick around for the premiere of CBS’ Friends With Better Lives. Under the circumstances, the new comedy got OK sampling, drawing 8 million viewers, a 2.7 in 18-49 and 2.5 in 18-34. (Its numbers may be adjusted down in the finals because of a minute of a HIMYM overrun.) Its real test will be when it debuts in its regular time slot behind 2 Broke Girls. Unfortunately, that won’t happen for two weeks as the network’s Monday lineup is preempted next week. Read More »

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Pharrell Williams To Replace CeeLo Green As ‘The Voice’ Coach

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 12:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

williamsThe hottest songwriter at the moment, Pharrell Williams (and his signature hat) will join NBC’s singing competition The Voice next season. He replaces original coach CeeLo Green who recently announced his departure. NBC is yet to announce whether fellow … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Finale & ‘Person Of Interest’ Up, ‘Mind Games’, ‘About A Boy’ & ‘Growing Up Fisher’ Tie Lows, ‘NCIS’ & ‘NCIS:LA’ Steady

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 9:11am PDT

BROOKLYN NINE NINE SEASON 1 FINALEIt was a night of partial endings and new beginnings on primetime on Tuesday. The ending was the season finale of Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.3/4). The recently renewed Golden Globe winning Andy Samberg-led comedy wrapped up its freshman cycle with a solid 18% rise over last week’s series low. Fox started the night steady with Glee’s 101st episode even with last week’s 1.1/3, but saw also renewed New Girl (1.2/4) down 7% from its last original on March 11 to tie a series low.

The new beginning was on NCIS (2.5/8) as last night’s show saw the first of a two-parter with Scott Bakula to set up ncis march 25the New Orleans-based spin-off of the procedural. The result was a small 4% rise from NCIS’ March 18 show. Still the series was the most watched show of the night with 17.28 million tuning in. NCIS’ current spin-off NCIS: LA (2.4/7) was the second most watched show of the night with an audience of 15.48 million and also a 4% bop upward among adults 18-49. The real winner of the night for CBS was Person Of Interest (2.0/6) which had an 18% rise over last week’s show to hit its best result among the key demo since February 4. Overall, CBS won the night both among the 18-49s (2.3/7) and total viewers (15 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Gains Momentum, ‘The Voice’ Slips

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 9:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

How I Met Your Mother RatingsThe penultimate episode of How I Met Your Mother last night (3.4), boosted by the long-awaited Robin-Barney nuptials, jumped 17% from last Monday for a second consecutive week of gains as the show heads into its series finale next Monday. The tide lifted all ships, with the rest of CBS’ Monday lineup rebounding from their lows last week. 2 Broke Girls (2.3) was up +5%, Mike & Molly (2.0) was up +11%, Mom (1.9) was up +6% and Intelligence (1.2) was up +9%.

Related: CBS Sets Season Finale Dates

NBC’s The Voice (3.6) dropped 0.4 (10%) from last week’s fast national. Despite that, The Blacklist (2.9) climbed a tenth for a second consecutive week of ratings increases. NBC (3.4) easily won the night in 18-49 by a 62% margin. In total viewers (12.11 million), it was edged by ABC (11.75 million). Read More »

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Coldplay’s Chris Martin Joins ‘The Voice’ As The NBC Hit Makes A Format Change

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 6:41pm PDT

Chris MartinThe voice behind “Viva La Vida,” “Speed of Sound,” et al. has a new gig. NBC‘s The Voice is tweaking its format, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has joined the show as key adviser, mentoring each coach’s … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Off To Soft Start, ‘HIMYM’ Perks Up As ’2 Broke Girls’, ‘Mom’ & ‘Following’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

dwtsSeason 18 of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, featuring a new co-host, new band and a couple of Olympic champions, opened with a 2.5 in adults 18-49 and 15 million viewers last night. It was down 22% from last spring’s premiere, which faced The Biggest Loser, not The Voiceon NBC. Dancing was on par with its last season debut to air against Voice, the fall 2012 opener (2.5, 14.1 million), which happens to be an all-time premiere low for the franchise. Castle (1.8) was up 13% from its last original two weeks ago but may be adjusted down because of a Dancing overrun. ABC won the night in total viewers.

After taking a hit against The Bachelor finale last Monday, NBC’s Voice (4.0) rebounded against the Dancing season premiere, up 8% from last week. The Blacklist (2.8) was up a tenth from the fast national for its most recent airing two weeks ago when the freshman drama posted an all-time low behind The Voice.  NBC won the night in 18-49.

The third-to-last episode of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother (2.9) snapped the veteran comedy’s three-week downward trend, up 7% from last week’s season low. No good ratings news for the rest of CBS’ Monday comedies, which logged a slew of lows in their first outings after getting renewed for next season. 2 Broke Girls (2.1) was down 19% from its last original to a series low; Mike And Molly (1.8) matched last week’s series low, and Mom (1.8) slipped 10% to a series low. After a little bump against lesser drama competition at 10 PM last Monday, struggling midseason drama Intelligence (1.1) dropped 15% to tie a series low.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘Mind Games’ Rise, ‘About A Boy’ & ‘The Voice’ Fall, ‘Glee’ Ties Low

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 3:02pm PDT

JAIMIE ALEXANDER, CLARK GREGGUPDATE, 3:02 PM: Looks like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  had an even better Tuesday than preliminary fast nationals first indicated. The superspy agency series drew a 2.1/7 among adults 18-49 in final fast nationals. That’s a rise of a tenth from earlier. The only other change on ABC was newbie Mind Games who slipped a tenth to 0.8/3. Over on NBC,  The Voice  was adjusted up a 3% to 3.5/12, which is still a season low among the key demo for the singing competition. Freshmen comedies About A Boy and Growing Up Fisher both dropped a tenth from their preliminary fast nationals to 2.0/6 and 1.7/5. Chicago Fire also went down a tenth to 1.9/6

PREVIOUS, 9:20 AM: It wasn’t Captain America, Iron Man or Thor, but the bigger Marvel universe reared its superpowered head on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night. Asgardian Lady Sif from the Thor pics, played by Jaime Alexander, showed up to work with Coulson and the team against villainess Lorelei, who appeared on Earth last week to get up to no good. These kind of Marvel properties crossovers are what the company has come to excel at on the big screen and, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening soon, has long been many a fanboy’s dream for the freshman ABC TV show. Iit certainly gave S.H.I.E.L.D. a much-needed lift: Last night’s show was up 11% in adults 18-49 from the series low the ratings roller-coastering S.H.I.E.L.D. hit last week.
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NBC Schedules 10 Season Finales

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 3:34pm PDT

NBC_logoIt’s that time of year, when the TV viewers’ thoughts turn to plot wraps and cliffhangers. NBC today announced season-finale dates for 10 of its series.  The Voice will wrap with a two-hour edition on May 20, and Community‘s … Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC Confirms CeeLo Green Leaving ‘The Voice’: Video

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 7:20am PST

UPDATE: 7:20 AM: CeeLo Green hasceelogreen__120906200108-275x200 been an instrumental part of the success of The Voice and we deeply appreciate all his contributions,” NBC reality TV chief Paul Telegdy said in a statement about Green’s announcement today that he’s leaving the network’s hit singing competition series. “We’re looking forward to working with him on other upcoming projects that will tap into both his musical and entertainment expertise.”

TheVoice__121109194015-200x112__130425000858__130502160756__130516211150Green also issued a statement: “I’m officially announcing today that I won’t be returning as a coach on The Voice cycle 7 in the Fall. There are numerous reasons that led to this decision, which has been amicably reached with NBC, but I’m excited to be developing several other ideas with the network and my association with NBC remains strong. The Voice has been an immensely enjoyable experience for me and I can only hope I have enriched the lives of our viewers, the contestants, and the many friends I made there. I will always be there in spirit.

“Meanwhile, NBC and I plan to continue our relationship with several new co-ventures including a new music show, while we also explore our ideas for me to create and host a new show of my own. I will not go quietly into the night… expect more great music and entertainment done in my own unique unmistakable and undeniable way. And The Voice has given me all the altitude and incentive to do just that. Thanks for the memories and make way for many more!” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Finale Down From Last Year, ‘POI’ Slips In Return

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 9:18am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Voice - Season 4NBC and CBS were the only game in town Tuesday and split the nightly crown, with NBC taking adults 18-49 (3.3) and CBS total viewers (15.6 million). NBC aired the live finale of The Voice (3.9/11 … Read More »

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NBC Makes It Official: Usher And Shakira Back For Spring Season Of ‘The Voice’ On February 24

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 1:55pm PST

Shakira and Usher will  reprise their roles as Season 4 judge/mentors, reuniting with show voice2regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the NBC singing competition’s sixth season. They pair returns in a special two-night premiere: 8-10 PM Monday, February 24, and 8-9 PM Tuesday, February 25.

Related: TV Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Hits Performance Finale Low

The Voice has averaged a 4.9 rating in the demo and 14.7 million viewers overall with its Monday edition, and a 4.5 and 14 viewers overall on Tuesdays, making it the No. 1-rated Monday and Tuesday series on the broadcast networks so far this season in TheVoice__121109194015-200x112__130425000858__130502160756__130516211150the demo. Last spring, Shakira and Usher were cast to fill in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, respectively, on The Voice — the latter two original judge/mentors returning for the fall season. It’s an arrangement the show’s producers appear to have institutionalized. And in so doing, The Voice has become a bastion of judge stability while Fox’s The X Factor is on its third judging panel in three seasons, and we’ve lost count of the various iterations and regroupings on Fox’s American Idol, which in January will feature the return of JLo and Keith Urban and the addition of Harry Connick Jr.

Related: Simon Cowell: “The X Factor’ Will Be Back Next Season”
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Performance Finale Low, ‘Almost Human’ & ‘Mom’ Down To Low, ‘Mike & Molly’ Up

ALMOST HUMAN DEC 16Just over a week before those presents under the tree are opened, Tuesday’s primetime was full of holiday specials and more year-enders but not a lot of cheer for some. Almost Human (1.6/5) wrapped up the first … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ Falls, ‘The Voice’ & ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Rise

MICHAEL MOLONEY, MICHELLE BLOUNT, ANDREW BLOUNTUPDATE, 2:14 PM: Looks like it was that NFL game out of the Windy City pumping up the energy on The Great Christmas Light Fight last night. With final numbers in, the new short-term ABC holiday series shorted out from the 1.8/4 of fast nationals to a 1.4/4. That fall makes Light Fight the network’s lowest-rated Monday midseason debut ever as it now “beats” the 1.8 of the November 21, 2011, debut of You Deserve It. On the other hand, as the Light went out, The Voice and Sleepy Hollow both bopped up. The NBC competition show went up to a 3.5/10 from this morning’s 3.4/9. That leaves The Voice now up 3% from the Monday lows it has hit recently. In its last show of 2013, the Fox freshman went up to a tenth to 2.2/6 to now be even with its last original of November 25.

PREVIOUSLY, 9:12 AM: With just over two weeks before the big day, the Christmas shows and specials are piling up under the TV tree.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘Dads’ Rise, ‘Goldbergs’ Hits Low, ‘Mindy Project’ Down, CW Hits 5-Year Tuesday Viewership High

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 9:04am PST

The Voice - Season 5UPDATE, 2:25 PM: Looks like there’s even more holiday cheer out of  The Voice’s Tuesday performance. Final numbers are in and the NBC singing show saw an addition 3% rise among adults 18-49 to 3.4/10 over the fast nationals that had the show up 10% from last week’s Tuesday low tie. The Voice’s 13% rise over its November 26 show may have been helped by the 5% bop up that The Biggest Loser got in final numbers. Previously steady with last week in fast nationals and now at 2.1/6, last nights show is tied with the reality series October 15 premiere for a season high.

PREVIOUSLY, 9:04 AM: There were no holiday specials on the Big 4 last night but it certainly was Christmas on The Voice (3.3/9). With holiday tunes galore from both contestants and judges, the live one-hour show trimmed to a final five contestants with a single elimination from the singer pool and the end of the TwitterSave experiment. After being beaten by Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and tying a Tuesday series low last week, the NBC competition series also got a present in a 10% rise over its November 26 show. The Voice was the night’s highest-rated show and the second-most-watched with 11.89 million viewers. NBC had a good night overall: The Voice’s lead-in The Biggest Loser (2.0/6) was steady with last week while the singing show’s 10 PM lead-out Chicago Fire (2.3/7) was up 10% over its November 26 episode. With a 2.6/7 rating, NBC was No. 1 among adults 18-49 on Tuesday while a repeat-filled CBS was in the top slot viewer-wise with 10.124 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rudolph’ Tops ‘The Voice’ & ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Dancing’ Finale Down

By | Wednesday November 27, 2013 @ 10:20am PST
Nellie Andreeva

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEERA 49-year-old animated movie went against some of the most expensive shows on television last night and won. CBS’ rebroadcast of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (3.0, up 3% from last year) was the highest-rated program last night in adults 18-49, the demo category it itself is leading this year, topping NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Rudolph drew 11.4 million viewers, up 13% and the second-largest audience last night behind ABC’s Dancing With The Stars finale (14.6 million, 2.4 in 18-49), helping CBS win Tuesday in 18-49 and total viewers.  The Dancing closer was down 20%  from last fall’s All-Star edition and 11% from the most recent spring cycle to rank as the aging franchise’s lowest-rated fall finale ever.

While it was trounced by Rudolph in head-to-head competition at 8 PM, S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.5, 9.3 million) still ticked up a tenth in the demo not facing CBS’ juggernaut NCIS in the hour and logged its second-largest audience of the season.  It was a seesaw night on NBC with The Biggest Loser (2.0) up 5%, The Voice (2.9) down 9% to tie its lowest Tuesday rating ever, and Chicago Fire (2.1) up 11% from last week’s season low. Read More »

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