The Voice gets insanely high post-Super Bowl ratings

With 111.3 million viewers, the Super Bowl was the most-watched television show ever, and NBC’s post-game debut of The Voice benefitted significantly from that: it had 37.6 million viewers and an insane 16.3 rating among adults 18 to 49, which made it the highest-rated non-sports show on any network in six years.

NBC also announced that it was “NBC’s highest-rated entertainment telecast overall in both adults 18-49 and total viewers since the series finale of ‘Friends’ on May 6, 2004.” Perhaps most significantly, more people watched it than watched last year’s post-Super Bowl offering, Glee: 47 percent more people ages 18 to 49, and 40 percent more viewers.

Of course, the real test comes tonight, and in the weeks to come, to see how many of those viewers The Voice can keep.

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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