NBC’s The Voice, Making Huge Waves
“The Voice” neatly subverts the hoary singing-competition narrative we know so well from “American Idol” and its ilk by making the competition as much about its judges — what it calls “coaches” — as it is about the actual singers. It’s also got some clever shtick: the “blind audition” episodes that kicked off the series had the coaches, in rotating chairs initially facing away from the contestants, unable to see them so as to have to judge them solely on, yes, their voices. And so far the coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — have terrific chemistry both with each other and the contestants.
As Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberdreported last week, the show’s second episode “was seen by 12.4 million viewers and had a 5.6 preliminary rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 10% from [the] premiere, which broke NBC records. Here’s how unusual this is: ‘The Voice’ is the only new show this season on a major broadcast network whose ratings rose for its second episode.”
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