Live episodes of The Voice begin on April 2, and as I expected, NBC is scheduling a live elimination round on Tuesdays at 9 pm.

The Voice’s last live performance episode will air on Monday May 7, with the Season’s winner announced on Tuesday May 8.

America’s Got Talent will premiere the following week with a two night premiere, on Monday May 14 and Tuesday May 15–both two hour shows.

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Here’s the press release:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 7, 2012 – NBC will commence live episodes of “The Voice” on Monday, April 2 (8-10 p.m. ET) and will expand the hit singing competition series to a second night with live elimination rounds beginning on Tuesday, April 3 (9-10 p.m. ET).

In addition, “The Voice’s” last live performance episode will be on Monday, May 7 (8-10 p.m. ET), with the season’s winner announced in the two-hour live finale on Tuesday, May 8 (8-10 p.m. ET).

“America’s Got Talent” – NBC’s top-rated summer series — will then debut its new seventh season the following week with two-hour episodes on Monday, May 14 (8-10 p.m. ET) and Tuesday, May 15 (8-10 p.m. ET). The show’s return will feature the first appearance of new judge Howard Stern, who joins fellow judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. The series then resumes in its regular day and time on Monday, May 21 (8-9 p.m. ET) and on Tuesday, May 22 (9-10 p.m. ET).

NBC’s new Tuesday night lineup starting on April 3 will be “The Biggest Loser” (8-9 p.m. ET), “The Voice” (9-10 p.m. ET) and the new “Fashion Star” (10-11 p.m. ET). “Fashion Star” debuts Tuesday, March 13 (9:30-11 p.m. ET).

This week’s edition of “The Voice” jumped 15 percent versus the prior week in adult 18-49 rating (to a 6.2 from a 5.4) in “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research and was up 13 percent week to week in total viewers (16.8 million vs. 14.9 million), to achieve the show’s top results in the four weeks since its regular-slot debut on February 6. Counting this week’s results, “The Voice” this season is averaging a 7.5 in 18-49 and 19.3 million viewers overall, making it the season’s #1 entertainment series in adults 18-49 and other key demographics.

“The Voice” returned with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition. Celebrity musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton also returned, along with Carson Daly as host. Christina Milian joined this season as Social Media Correspondent.

The hit vocal competition series features the four superstar coaches who recently hand-picked their favorite vocalists in a blind audition and will guide them through an intense competition that ultimately crowns one winner. The show’s innovative format showcases the live performance shows that follow the blind auditions and the current battle phase.

“The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Content USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.

Last summer, “America’s Got Talent” delivered its highest-rated cycle ever, averaging a 4.1 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 14.3 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition, up in both categories by 17 percent versus the prior year to set new series highs. The Wednesday Results Show averaged a 3.7/11 in 18-49, up 9 percent versus the prior year, and 13.3 million viewers overall, up 6 percent. “America’s Got Talent” ranked #1 among non-sports telecast on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in total viewers every week it aired over the Summer of 2011, making it the #1 summer series in total viewers for a sixth year in a row.

“America’s Got Talent,” NBC’s top-rated summer series from “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television, returns with the hottest performers from across the country ready to compete in the blockbuster reality show. This year, outspoken, unedited radio personality television host and author Stern joins Mandel (“Deal or No Deal”) and Osbourne on the judging panel, while actor/producer/comedian Nick Cannon returns as host.

 
  • Anonymous

    So only a month of live shows? Interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Um….the press release says the results show is Tuesdays at 9pmET. Only the finale is at 8pmET. So it won’t conflict with Glee at all.

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

    It will be 6 live shows. A little bit better but could be more.

  • Anonymous

    Six weeks.

  • Anonymous

     Yeah, I misread the release. I corrected it. Still. Ugh to another night of The Voice. At least it’s only 4 weeks.

    I also feel obligated to cover the first week of AGT with Howard Stern and all…so there’s that.

  • Elliegrll

    The Voice has already caused Fox to move Kiefer Sutherland’s new show.  

    I guess NBC can always justify expanding to two cycles a year by saying that most weeks the show only airs once, but I doubt that this will be the case for very long.

  • Anonymous

     I remember when Dateline took off in the 90s. NBC had that show airing like FOUR nights a week. It was ridiculous.

  • Miss Chaos

    My reason for watching AGT is to see Nick Cannon, who IMO is the best MC out there.  I hope he is, will be, well enough to do the show.  Love his comments, and his clothes, ect.  This maybe off topic, but when did Ryan Seacrest get so short, he is shorter than every contestant on the show, and all I could focus on was what happened to  him, he looked like his whole body shrunk, WTH?

  • Anonymous

    And this is why The Voice will rarely produce any stars.  People need longer than that to connect with somebody.  There are SO many acts, and each gets hardly any screen time when you think about it.  But a show that only truly cares about its judges aren’t worried about this kind of thing.  I wonder how the ratings are going to hold up post-auditions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Beth-Bowers/1357962780 Beth Bowers

    Re Ryan being so short – LOL.  Lately whenever I see him with a contestant (and DEFINITELY Jermaine), I think of my MinPin facing off with my pitbull.  (Actually, the first time I thought that was when Hulk Hogan came after Ryan.  Ryan SO looked like my MinPin.)

  • Anonymous

    So 4 people go home each week? One person from each team? When do they compete against another team…the finals? If so, I feel sorry for the people on strong teams…They are sure to go home before weaker talent on other teams. 

  • Anonymous

     It will be six live shows, but after the group rounds they are going to have 24 contestants, which means they are going to have probably two weeks of semifinals like last year, and only 4 weeks of “finals” just like last year. So frankly, I expect the same results as last years winner, crap sales.

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

    Thanks for the deets mj.  I guess this just puts more pressure on you that you really didn’t need considering all of the shows you currently cover on a weekly basis.  Thanks to any of the rest of you that provided any good info about the show that watched last sesaon.  This is my first season watching so this is all new to me.  :)

  • Anonymous

    So we have 2 opposite formats….The Voice speeding to the finale and crowning vs. AI dragging on interminably, sending home 1 contestant per week.  AI’s strategy is obvious…to maximize advertising revenue.  NBC’s purpose may be to minimize the expense of the 4 superstars who are the reason for the show’s success. 

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

    As being a franchising from a dutch TV program, I don’t know how much they can change. Hopefully they’ll expand the living shows so people can get attached to the contestants.

  • Anonymous

    I just wish the Battle Rounds would be semi-live. I know the show’s format had the coaches choosing who will be a part of their team for the live shows but they can easily change that to having the four coaches choose between the two who battled and have the fifth be the public’s pulse. I can’t believe the choices Blake and Cee Lo made. Seriously? Cheesa and Raelynn?

  • itsalleternal

    At one point, it was on every night except Thursday and Saturday (Thursday due to the lack of space at the time since there were so many hits and Saturday because of movies and sports).

    It was advantageous for NBC due to the low production costs.

  • musicality

    I find myself liking The Voice better than Idol. I think I like I guess quite a lot of people outside that weird bubble have Idol fatigue. I’ll be watching The Voice

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I know several people will watch “Dancing With the Stars” live on both days.  I wonder if there will be a time adjustment.  I imagine a repeat may be on Xfinity One.  Such an overload of talent reality shows.  I still prefer American Idol over the others!

  • hcpoirot

    I had to disagree with people need more live rounds to connect with the singers so they can sell records after the show is over.

    1. The Voice only had one season. lets see season two results first. Now they had expand to 6 live shows.

    2. America Got Talent who also had few weeks live shows produce Jackie Evancho. She only sing 3-4 times in live round before win as runner up and sell lots of records (so far)

    3. And of course Susan Boyle. She only sing TWICE in live round Britain Got Talent and end up as runner up and look how popular she is in the whole world.

  • Anonymous

    Susan Boyle’s audition went completely viral online, which is where the majority of her success built from.