Ratings are in via TVByTheNumbers:

In its second regular Monday episode NBC’s The Voice drew a 5.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% vs. a 6.7 adults 18-49 rating last Monday night. In its second episode, Smash had a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, down a somewhat worrisome 26% vs. a 3.8 rating in its premiere last Monday. That still easily put NBC on top the Monday adults 18-49 ratings for the second Monday in a row. Those two shows continue to give NBC their best timeslot ratings in many years (8-10p since March 5, 2007, 10-11p since April 13, 2009).

The Voice has come back down to earth this week, which is expected.  Smash took a pretty big dip. I really like the show, but I have to wonder if there’s a wider audience for a Broadway based musical drama that’s somewhat insidery.

8:00PM

NBC The Voice (8-10p) 5.9 15 16.1
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.4 10 9.10
ABC The Bachelor (8-10p) 2.5 7.98
FOX House 2.4 6 7.15
CW Gossip Girl 0.5 1 1.17

8:30PM

CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.7 10 10.46

9:00PM

CBS Two and a Half Men 3.8 9 12.35
FOX Alcatraz 1.9 4 6.19
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.6 1 1.60

9:30PM

CBS Mike & Molly 3.3 8 10.98

10:00PM

NBC Smash 2.8 7 8.09
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.6 7 9.52
ABC Castle

 
  • Anonymous

    So much for The Voice overtaking idol, eh? :D

    Those are still good numbers for The Voice, but the thought that it would keep beating idol was exaggerated.

  • Anonymous

    Still very solid for “The Voice” – NBC has themselves a legit hit with the show – maybe not a runaway hit, but a hit nevertheless.

  • Valentin432

    We’ll have to wait to see where this number stabilize but The Voice draws like 3 times the ratings of any other NBC show.

    The Smash rating is very worrying and unfortunately not that surprising. NBC has pushed it a lot and put just after its best rated show, I don’t think that’s what they expected.

  • Valentin432

    The Voice is a runaway hit (and it was pretty big last year already), the fact that it drew an almost 6 for two hours is more than NBC has done for years.
    Comparing any show to idol is just unfair (in term of ratings), Idol is arguably the most successfull show of the past 30 years.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    So much for The Voice overtaking idol, eh? :D

    Those are still good numbers for The Voice, but the thought that it would keep beating idol was exaggerated

    I have to agree a lot with this.  So far, I’ve enjoyed the blind auditions on the Voice better than the AI auditions but last night wasn’t as enjoyable for me as last week was although I do enjoy the banter between the four judges which seems much more relaxed, fun, and less forced than with AI.  As far as Smash goes, I haven’t watched the show since it premiered although I hate to see the ratings tumble for the show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    too bad because The Voice is 10 times the show that Idol is IMHO

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MikhailXO

    But aren’t we looking at 5.9% Voice versus 6% Idol? Big whoop. And lest we forget Idol has had 10 seasons of marketing their show….the Voice has had only one. The Voice won Monday night and it’s time slot so let’s see what happens Wed with Idol. I do wonder if Tuesday would have been  better for running The Voice.

  • Anonymous

    Those are still good numbers. As long as they don’t continue to drop off too much in the coming weeks, both shows will be fine.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    ITA. The Voice is doing very well.  Its going to end up this season with better ratings than last year I bet, and last year’s were enough to make it a big hit. I shed no tears for The Voice.

    This should be a good week for idol with two 2-hour episodes on deck. There is plenty of room for both shows to do well.

    I am worried for Smash. It has to be a fairly expensive show, I hope they can pull enough ratings to justify their existence. I really like it.

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    Smash’s numbers make me so sad.  I hope will stand by this show the way they did  with Parenthood.

    As for The Voice, I wonder if this iis bottom yet, the auditions are fun, but the battlerounds seem to go on forever. 

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MikhailXO

    Maybe it gets better….perhaps one of the contestants gets rushed to the hospital for dehydration and diarrhea! That Nigel sure knows how to produce an entertaining show…Thank goodness they brought him back… LOL!

  • Anonymous

    Well from the commercial we see 1 woman fall on the stage while performing with their group. I think that will definitely be shown because it was during a group performance. The others that faint while off the stage I can do without & doesn’t need to be shown IMO unless it prohibits them from finishing Hollywood week.

  • Anonymous

    Im sad about Smash. Hopefully it picks up. Not too surprised about the Voice. I wonder whats the difference between 8 and 9pm? Was there a drop?

    I think the numbers will be great, but will drop a little more as people get use to the chairs and the level of talent that’s typical in these last few audition weeks. Hopefully Next week is the last of the 2 hour long chair episodes…gotta keep it moving.

    Hopefully there’s something exciting and new planned for the battle rounds. Unless it was an obviously unfair fight, I didn’t always agree with who was sent home. It was a slow boring massacre.

    If I’m attached to someone, I’ll watch the live rounds. If not, I’ll catch it on video.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Nobody thought that the Voice would overtake idol, at least this year. We were surprised just for tthe fact that it even came close to Idol.

  • Anonymous

    It was expected that the ratings would drop from last week’s Super Bowl week. The Voice is doing well especially considering it’s on NBC. Last year, the season average in total viewers was about 11 million. I think it will definitely be higher this year.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how typical a viewer I am.  Both weeks, I had no desire to watch ‘Smash’ after a big dose of my favorite reality show.  I had had enough…still haven’t watched last night’s episode.  Maybe the usual strategy of having a new show follow a hit is not a good idea in this particular case.   

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think many people thought it would overtake Idol this year. I agree the numbers for The Voice was exaggerated. But since The Voice is a young show & Idol is losing viewers it has the potential in the next couple of seasons to overtake it. If Idol keeps losing it’s viewers next year by a huge amount like this year & The Voice keeps gaining viewers it could be a sign of trouble for Idol. And there’s always a possibility Seacrest could leave next year which would be a problem for such a popular host & IMO the best host on tv.

  • Anonymous

    NBC Smash 2.8 7 8.09
    CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.6 7 9.52

    Am I reading that right? Hawaii Five-0 had about 1.5 million more viewers than Smash in the same time slot? But Smash had a higher 18-49 audience?

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Yep curly-yentayou are reading it right. That happens a lot. Some shows skew a lot younger and can do better in the demo than shows with more total viewers.

  • Anonymous

    It was NBC’s claim that they already did overtake idol. They put out a commercial last week that announced the Voice to be the #1 singing competition show. Of course most of us agreed that that statement was premature.

  • Anonymous

    Nigel definitely brought it out of the dark days of seasons 8 and 9.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    5.9 is a very, very good rating. The Voice is having a very good year. And I am glad.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    They put out a commercial last week that announced the Voice to be the #1 singing competition show.

    It’s true! It’s the #1 singing competition show watched by drunk Superbowl fans too inebriated to find the remote.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

     Not surprised about either.  The Voice is still doing well, and I expect that to continue, but I do think it will continue to bleed some viewers after we get through the auditions.  That is unless the producers have done something to make the rest of the show more interesting.  My guess is the numbers haven’t really stabilized here yet.

    Smash, I enjoy the show and want it do well, but the subject matter is just a hard sell I think.  My only worry is because the show is so expensive to make, I don’t think it can be sustained on mediocre ratings.  NBC has to justify the cost.

  • Anonymous

    Have yet to see anyone on The Voice that really peaks my interest or would keep me from switching channels if something on another channel was interesting.  It seems to me that the judges have just picked up a lot of fodder at this point.

    A thing about the Voice process that bothers me is this:  How can the judges who mentor and help all the contestants in their group of 12 not have a favorite who they will promote or do a better job with.  Apart from mothers with more than one child, can anyone do this? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4ND6Q5VHOIYVYIIRVU2B7ECPWY DianaL

    I love Smash and don’t think it is a “niche” show.  I do think NBC should move it to a different night and put it on earlier.  The demographic seems to be different than what The Voice attracts. 

  • sdmama

    I did not expect Hawaii Five-0 is more for little kids and retirees than Smash is. Isn’t Smash appealing to people who can remember Marilyn Monroe? These stats are hard to understand. Interpreter, please!

  • Anonymous

    Not surprised about Smash. My suggestions: move it to 9 on another night,
    “kill” off Messing’s family and Kat’s bf, bring on more girls to try for the Marilyn part and start casting (cute) male leads for the musical. The show needs more than the same two people doing all the musical numbers. I think the show has real potential but needs a radical revamp.

    No charge for my advice: NBC prez and Steven Spielberg. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I do think Smash would be helped by moving it to 9pm on another night, so I agree there. 

    I also wanted to add that there seemed to be a ratings decline across all the networks last night. All the CBS series hit season lows last night and they are generally all pretty unflappable in the face of competition. So it wasn’t just the NBC shows that were down.

  • Anonymous

    Seacrest leaving would probably increase the ratings just like how the judges revamp increased the ratings for curiosity. Even Ellen initially increased the ratings, but S9 needed the talent/buzz to fall back on and keep those ratings up, and it didn’t.

    Also airing the voice two times a year won’t do it any favors. I don’t think JLo will come back next year and finding the right judge will increase idol’s ratings.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

     My understanding is that they will be bringing in other characters and people to do musical numbers.  We just haven’t gotten there yet.  I honestly don’t think the show needs a re-haul, so much as an earlier time slot, perhaps on a different night.  2 episodes in is a bit too early to start revamping the show.

  • Tess

    Okay…The Voice, Season 2, prime season kick-off, major marketing up against the following:  How I Met Your Mother, 7 years, The Bachelor, 16 incredibly boring seasons, House, 8th and Final Season and it shows, Gossip Girl, 5 seasons.  For the competition it is up against it should be sweeping up the viewers..It should have easily held onto 20mil viewers and a majority of the prime demographic especially the day after the grammys. 

  • Anonymous

    How I Met Your Mother actually has some of the best ratings in it’s history. It has a core fanbase & the show is revealing who the mother is soon after 7 seasons. It helps ratings & buzz to reveal the big storyline after 7 seasons.

  • harvestmoon

    And ditto to whoever said, the ratings are especially good for NBC (which ruins pretty much every show it touches.)

    This is why I totally believe the rumors that NBC is considering airing The Voice in the fall.  It is bound to take a hit airing again so quickly, and if their plan is to actually air it twice a year (every winter and fall), it will ultimately kill it.

  • Anonymous

    I agree if Seacrest or J-Lo leaves or both the ratings will increase at first because of curiosity. But then the contestants need to be talented or have buzz to keep viewers. Steven & J-Lo came in S10 & there was a curiosity factor. Once people realized they were too nice or were boring viewers were already interested in some of the contestants. If Idol next year doesn’t have interesting contestants or the talent to back it up, ratings will drop even with a new judge or new host.

    Talent doesn’t mean anything on Idol. S3 (Fantasia, J-Hud, etc.) & S9 (Crystal, Casey, etc.) had talented contestants. Those seasons were just considered boring by many Idol fans because people weren’t interested in the contestants.

    I will agree that The Voice airing twice a year won’t help. But maybe ratings will stay the same. This happened with DWTS which aired twice a year, but still had about the same ratings for both seasons.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I honestly don’t think the show needs a re-haul, so much as an earlier
    time slot, perhaps on a different night.  2 episodes in is a bit too
    early to start revamping the show.

    Except for the baby adoption sub-plot which seems totally unnecessary … unless the baby is going to audition for the Marilyn role as well.

  • Anonymous

    jpfan2, I agree with everything you said.

    My coworkers don’t watch TV after 10, so they have to catch them online.
    Kat’s character should breakup with her boyfriend so she can meet all the young guys who will give the delicious Jack Davenport’s character some competitions. Tension .

  • Kylee

    The Voice is 10 times the show that Idol is IMHO

    Definitely not in sales.

  • Anonymous

    How I Met your Mother is doing great and it is a big season. Viewers who have watched this comedy over the years are watching this season due to the storylines that are unfolding this year. House is in its final season, viewers are tuning in to see if Dr. House gets his life together or implodes. At 8:00, you have Two and a Half Men. There was no way a fairly new show was going to hold on to 20mil viewers on any night!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    Okay…The Voice, Season 2, prime season kick-off, major marketing up against the following:  How I Met Your Mother, 7 years, The Bachelor, 16 incredibly boring seasons, House, 8th and Final Season and it shows, Gossip Girl, 5 seasons.  For the competition it is up against it should be sweeping up the viewers..It should have easily held onto 20mil viewers and a majority of the prime demographic especially the day after the grammys. 

    I have to wonder how many of the viewers who watch those shows, and are very loyal to them, would tune into The Voice in the first place.  I don’t watch any of those shows and the only one I used to watch is House.  I think THe Voice and shows like it attract a very specific type of viewer and aren’t likely to draw viewers away from already established shows that aren’t even in the same genre of television. 

  • Kylee

    You also can’t forget that the Voice will be going up against DWTS, which could bring it back to ratings similar to last year. I don’t think the Voice will increase in ratings that much next year-this year was helped a lot by the superbowl. Idol is decreasing because of viewer fatigue, and I think the Voice will end up following the same pattern, especially if it airs in the fall also.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    Kat’s character should breakup with her boyfriend so she can meet all the young guys who will give the delicious Jack Davenport’s character some competitions. Tension .

    Manufactured tension isn’t what this show needs.  There will be plenty of tension between Kat and her BF once the show kicks into high gear, judging from her missed dated with him last night it will become an increasing problem the more she works. 

    I like the backstories of the characters, including the adoption story.  They are fleshing these characters out and making them deeper than your standard ensemble cast.  Everyone has something going on behind the scenes which ultimately could impact the show.  It’s a show about what it’s like to create, produce and star in a broadway show.  It’s not a show about Kat hooking up with a train of men. 

  • Anonymous

    I know it’s against DWTS. But DWTS ratings have been dropping. And I would guess many DWTS fans aren’t fans of The Voice & vice versa so I’m not sure how many viewers would stop watching The Voice. They have different fanbases to me.

    IMO what will help us figure out whether The Voice is a huge hit is if it’s ratings hold during the battle & voting rounds. If the ratings stabilize, then I think that The Voice will be solid in ratings since the battle rounds & afterwards is when ratings go down. Also, by the battle rounds it will be against DWTS by then. Battle rounds will tell us a lot about the show.

  • Kylee

    I think the battle rounds are what causes it to lose momentum after entertaining auditions.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully, the show learned that the battle rounds are the weakest part of the show & re-vamped it. Idol learned after S1 that people love to see bad auditions & added more for S2. The Voice could have improved on it’s show. Many reality/talent shows improve on different aspects over the years. I agree that the battle rounds are what will lose momentum for the show if it isn’t any different from last year.

  • Anonymous

    Yay for The Voice! Now that it has lost its Superbowl high, I hope it can at least maintain. The talent this year is much better.

    As for Smash, well…I was tired of it before it started. Less is more, I always say, and although there were big names attached to it, they clearly weren’t big enough. I mean outside of the Idol bubble, is she really that well-known?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe people were watching the Westminster dog show!

  • Anonymous

    For everyone who is  talking about revamping the show,  they have already filmed the first 13 out of 15 episodes for the season, The pilot was filmed over a year ago, so I don’t think there will be any revamping….

    Unfortunately, the general public just doesnt get into well written TV dramas that don’t involve a lot of action, death or horror.  I think the closest thing we have to compare this show is to Studio 60 on Sunset Strip, which was a great show about the behind the scenes workings of a SNL type show (without the punchlines of 30 Rock). It had a great show and interesting story line and lasted for 22 episodes. It was also on Mondays nights on NBC.  MJ is probably correct in that what goes on behind the curtain probably isn’t of much interest to the majority of American viewers.

    Mondays are dark nights in the theate biz, so it could be a great night for theatre folk to watch this show. But they are probably off trying to do all the things – like have a life – that they can’t get done on the other days. Or folks could be like me and have to get their head around actually turning on a show and sitting down in front of the TV. I was super-hyped to see the episode all day but was home last night a full 20 minutes before I remembered that the show was on.

  • Anonymous

    Katherine wasn’t the big name. The big names are Academy Award winnner Anjelica Houston and Emmy and SAG Winner Debra Messing.

    For theatre folk it doesn’t hurt that they have Tony Award winner Michael Christofer or mulitiple Tony Award nominee Christian Borle on board either. (or for that matter Megan Hilty)

    Oh yes, and then there is Steven Spielberg.

  • Anonymous

    You have to remember that Idol, the TV show, is totally and completely different than what it’s contestants do in the sales dept after they are off.  It’s oil and vinegar. 

    The Voice is a better show, IMO.  Idol is stale, old and past it’s prime and the ratings are showing it this year. How the respective contestants do is unrelated to the quality of the show airing on TV.

  • Mieps

    ;) You’re too generous jpfan.

  • Kylee

    Idol is stale, old and past it’s prime and the ratings are showing it this year.

    The ratings were actually up this past week. Last Thursday was the highest rated Thursday of the season so far!

    You have to remember that Idol, the TV show, is totally and completely
    different than what it’s contestants do in the sales dept after they are
    off.  It’s oil and water.

    Not really. I never would have bought the albums I bought if I wasn’t invested in them and didn’t enjoy them like I did on idol. A lot of fans will buy the albums because they loved them on the show. The Voice contestants couldn’t connect with the buying public. It also didn’t help them when they got no promotion from the show either.

  • http://twitter.com/jerryt9789 HaleyismyBaby

    I like the Voice but I don’t love it,after the 1st hour I started losing focus to what was going on, it started to feel repetitive and slow, like a meeting at work  when the speakers talk to themselves instead of the group

  • Anonymous

    Big names, wrong audience.  Yes, I can acknowledge those big name winners, but when I saw previews, all I saw was Katharine McPhee.  I can clearly connect Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing to pretty popular periods in their entertainment history.  And, who doesn’t know Steven Spielberg? But, the real girl in the spotlight?  Katharine McPhee.  In the real television-audience world, her name really fails to be connected to anything else outside of Idol.

    When it’s all said and done, a show’s success is directly tied to the fact that people connect to and enjoy it on some level, not because of the big names tied to it.

    And that’s not to write it off in any sense of the word because some popular shows have really slow starts.

  • Anonymous

    I  thought the show was too long, too.  I also think it would be better if Smash had another time slot:  Between The Voice and Smash, it is a little too much music.

  • Anonymous

    The characters are not developed enough for anyone to care about the adoption.  We barely know them.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, they did push or ‘introduce” Kat a little too heavily didn’t they? I wouldn’t have remembered her from Idol if I didn’t post here, I didn’t see any of the films she was featured in, and though I have seen her guest star in a show I like, I doubt I would have connected the dots.

    But my real probelm with the push is by doing so, they showed their hand a little too much and killed much of the intrigue that might have hooked casual viewers. Kat was at the heart of the ads and in the center of the print ads above the bigger names. What person who thought about this for a moment wouldn’t think she was ultimately going to take home the prize? The fact that she is running around promoting the show, discussing production on their 13th episode doesn’t help matters much. Megan is probably in pre-production for her real Broadway gig, but it wouldn’t have hurt to get her out there as well.

  • Anonymous

     This isn’t true. Many people were saying it would.

  • Anonymous

    The whole Messing family thing rings false. Fake adoption storyline, fake dialogue and showing of affection, fake family crisis. Ditto the supposed tension between McPhee’s character and her bf. Too canned and unmotivated–apparently designed exclusively to move the plot along. Bf’s explosion totally out of character. McPhee’s victimization too obvious–as is her supposed lack of sophistication. In fact the whole Midwest unsophisticated-NY-Hollywood sophisticated meme was offensive. Lighting and sets all wrong. Too California. For example the backyard sequence between Messing and her son was too clean to be NY, not a speck of grit anywhere. I found the whole thing boring–and I like McPhee. She’s a fine actress and is the best thing in the show. The other girl has a terrific voice but she’s turning into someone predictably bitchy. I turned the show off midway.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Here are last night’s final adjusted ratings from tvbythenumbers.

    The Voice, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0 were all adjusted up a tenth with adults 18-49 versus Monday’s preliminary ratings.

    8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10p) 6.0 15 16.28

  • Anonymous

    I am not at all surprised that the ratings for Smash are down. I do not like the show. I think that the Voice will continue to do well in the ratings.

  • Anonymous

    wow incredible ratings for the voice

    who would have thought month ago they will be getting a 6 rating on regular basis? they did barely 4 last season

  • Anonymous

    It may “blip” up from week to week, but it’s down, what? 25% from last year?  That’s what I’m referring to.

  • Anonymous

    She can sing.
    She can dance.
    Turns out she can act too.
    And she looks like a million bucks.

    Despite these attrributes, no one has been able to successfully market Katharine McPhee.
    NBC should have learned a lesson from AI5 when Taylor Hicks likely got double Katharine’s vote total in the final.
    Despite considerable talent, Katharine has never connected with an audience.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    I like The Voice a lot and, unlike XFactor, the banter among the judge/mentors is much more ‘genuine’ and fun.  All around, I look forward to watching every week and even Levine seems more ‘likable’ this time around.

    As to “Smash”, I am really not a TV series person at all … can’t stay focused on a continuing story line, but I gotta say that I am really enjoying this show and it does have my full attention … so far.  I hope it doesn’t get yanked before given a full and fair chance to succeed.

  • Kylee

    Its been going down every year since Season 5(although it had a good bump in Season 10). The Voice’s ratings are already going down. Any show in its 11th season would love to have idol’s numbers!

  • http://twitter.com/ScottyHaleyFan Maria Romeo

    im boycotting the voice because i don’t want it to over throw american idol!  I like the show, but american idol is MY show.  idk what i would do without it