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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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