The Voice starts strong: the best series debut since post-Super Bowl Undercover Boss

NBC’s The Voice had a good debut creatively, and viewers showed up. While Dancing with the Stars‘ results show had more viewers, The Voice had extremely strong ratings among viewers 18 to 49, the only people who matter.

The show had a 5.1 rating, which “delivered the highest 18-49 rating for a series premiere on ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX since ‘Undercover Boss’ debuted following the Super Bowl on February 7, 2010, The Futon Critic reports. And it had struggling network “NBC’s strongest series premiere since 2008′s American Gladiators,” according to TV By the Numbers.

Still, last week’s American Idol had a 7.0 rating and about 12 million more viewers, so The Voice is not yet an Idol-killer. And it remains to be seen if people stick around, or if the ratings will grow. Considering its strong buzz online, it’s likely those numbers will stay the same or improve next week.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.