Update: The final overnight ratings numbers are in. The Voice climbed up a tenth to an even more impressive 5.7 rating. Dancing to a 3.0/8 and Glee to 3.7/11 A18-49. See the adjudges ratings after the jump.

Last week’s buzz made the ratings for the second week of NBC’s The Voice climb even higher than last week’s record-breaking debut episode.

According to EW, The Voice was seen by 12.4 million viewers and had a 5.6 preliminary rating among adults 18-49, up 10 percent from last week’s premiere that broke NBC records.

In other ratings news, Glee was up 6% from last week’s supersized episode with a 3.6/10 rating and and average of 8.61 million viewers.

Dancing with the Stars Results Show was down 19% to a season low 2.9 adults 18-49 rating (ouch) and 15.60 average viewers.

Adjusted ratings after the JUMP…

The Voice (120 minutes)
- 12.581 million viewers
- 7.3/11 HH
- 5.7/15 A18-49

Glee (61 minutes)
- 8.850 million viewers
- 5.3/8 HH
- 3.7/11 A18-49
- 3.8/12 A18-34
- 4.8/15 W18-34

Dancing with the Stars (8pm)
- 9.384 million viewers
- 6.1/10 HH
- 1.8/5 A18-49

Dancing with the Stars (9pm, 61 minutes)
- 16.061 million viewers
- 10.4/15 HH
- 3.0/8 A18-49

 
  • windmills

    I expected higher ratings than the premiere because the premiere episode reran after the big buzz and positive reception. I’d imagine they picked up more viewers for last night’s episode because of that. But this week’s episode wasn’t anywhere near as good. One bit of evidence for that is the i-Tunes numbers in the numbers thread.

    But NBC has a hit on their hands and even when the numbers stabilize they’ll be solid IMO. People will at least want to watch the judges.

  • Elliegrll

    Glee had a 3.6/10 rating in the key demo, and DWTS only had a 2.9/7. I bet NBC is shocked that The Voice is doing so much better than those two shows in this category.

  • Buffynut

    I’m not surprised because DWTS has been pretty crappy, IMO, this season! 2 hours last night was ridiculous!!

  • Valentin432

    DWTS (and CBS in general) has always skewed very old, it’s not really a surprise that The Voice is beating it in the demo.

    The positive buzz around the show has translated into the bump on this week ratings, we’ll have to see where it stabilizes in the next few weeks, but people at NBC must be in disbelief to see a show above 5 when they have a number of shows struggling under 2.

  • Elliegrll

    DWTS (and CBS in general) has always skewed very old, it’s not really a surprise that The Voice is beating it in the demo.

    DWTS skews older, but last week, Monday’s episode was the fourth highest rated show among 18-49 year olds, while Tuesday’s show was the seventh highest rated show in those categories, and Glee came in eighth place. So, I think it has to be surprising for NBC, which usually only has football and sometimes The Office break into the top ten in that category, to have one of their shows come in third for the week.

  • Miss Blue

    Excellent. I badly want to see this show succeed.

    I was perfectly willing to watch both AI and the Voice, until yesterday. The whole thing with charity concert killed that notion. I’ll watch AI until Haley’s gone, then I’m out permanently.

    Lord knows I love my singing shows, and I loved this one both last week and this, so it needs to go forward with another season, at least. These ratings certainly will keep it on the air.

  • Allison

    I always watch DWTS but chose to watch the Voice mainly and switch back and forth to check on who was getting voted off. There was no compelling guest star to watch the resukts last night, so I’m, not surprised the Voice won at 9 pm.
    Also the 8 pm DWTS was a total recap/waste last week, so I just stayed with Glee for that hour this week.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m glad to see the ratings for “The Voice” getting a boost from last week.

  • Nina1

    I was perfectly willing to watch both AI and the Voice, until yesterday. The whole thing with charity concert killed that notion. I’ll watch AI until Haley’s gone, then I’m out permanently.

    Agree. I need to watch a show where I don’t feel constantly manipulated. That is why God invented politics.

  • Elek

    Nowadays, it seems that musical/singing shows appeal to more viewers.

    Unfortunately, I don’t feel the same for The Voice. I’ve watched it’s premiere and found the platform not that interesting to my taste.

    Somehow, I find the judging style cornier and more torturing than AI. What if no judge swivel the chair but the contestant is actually good and has a lot of potential? Well, I won’t be waiting for such incident to occur as I don’t have any plan to watch again.

    IMHO.

  • lucy95

    I agree with a few others here that I will tune in to watch Haley and when she’s gone, so am I. Very tired of all the producer manipulation and lazy/useless judges. I find the Voice refreshing with judges who are entertaining and actually speak their mind. I will skip AGT and give X Factor a shot in the fall. Let’s face it, none of these shows are going to produce a “star.”

  • Robin40

    I actually like the premise of “The Voice”. The judges serve a purpose and the contestants can all sing.

  • cowboysfan

    I thought last night’s show was terrible.

  • stwbcross

    I thought last night’s show was terrible.

    I agree, it was terrible, but I think they’ll learn from their mistakes and when the show comes back next season, they’ll ensure they have more contestants so they don’t have to recycle. They’ll also be able to space out the talent instead of front loading it. I’m also sure they have already recognized that people love the banter between the judges and will make sure more of that happens.

    The problem with last night’s show was that last week was like watching the trailer for a movie. They showed all the best parts. It was inevitable that we would be disappointed this week. lol!

    Anyway, I think that the ratings should stay high for next week because most will want to see how the coaches mentor their teams.

  • koshka

    I’m surprised.. hopefully next week will be better. Having 2 singers in the ring could be interesting.

  • http://jasonlscott.com jlscott13

    Something was definitely off last night. I think the recycling the talent was just…weird.

  • thenghreport1985

    This love affair with the Voice is weird. You people keep claiming that the Voice is fresh! and new! and contemporary! You keep stating that it doesn’t try to manipulate the voters, etc.

    I’m sorry… are we watching the same show? I have to agree with MJ here.

    The show is flashy, full of bells and whistles, but the talent is no better than any other talent show, and this show LACKS a huge thing that makes American Idol and X-Factor successes.

    They are using seasoned pro’s as contestants instead of finding some average joe and make his dream come true. This show is more edited than anything I’ve ever seen. They literally go out and SCOUT allllll of their contestants, and then invite them on the show.

    Also, American Idol asks their contestants to audition acapella, without a live band, without practice or rehearsal, just “Get in here. Sing.” It’s so much more pressure on a singer.

    I enjoy this show, but I think some people are so bitter and have such a need to tear Idol down that they want to anoint a clearly inferior product as the new King.

  • Hazehel

    I enjoy this show, but I think some people are so bitter and have such a need to tear Idol down that they want to anoint a clearly inferior product as the new King.

    Hehe, just you wait till X-Factor comes round, even flashier and more bells and whistles, and it has Simon the honest judge who tells you like it is! There’ll be more people declaring they are so over Idol.

    The Voice is nothing special, but it’ll be interesting to see how it does at the end of the season, and see if it produces any star. Personally I don’t think I have seen any with the potential to be big, but who knows what will happens when enough people get behind the contestants, like what happens with Idol and other talent shows. For example I didn’t think Clay Aiken can make it in the music business, but he did have a good music career with Idol’s help, and I thought the voice of Miranda Lambert from Nashville Star grates, but she is doing well now (her voice still grates on me though).

    Personally I think there are really too many singing shows, feeling over-saturated already. I’m really not sure how many of these shows can survive in a few years’ time.

  • thenghreport1985

    Yea, also another thing…. this show is less about cheering for a single contestant and more about cheering for a judge’s team. The problem with judges who are all famous celebrities is that it becomes very very hard to focus on the singers. The talent in this talent show automatically take a back seat to Christina, Adam, Cee-Lo, and Blake.

  • stwbcross

    I’m actually hoping this show does well so that it will force Idol to get better. It will also force X-factor to be better when it debuts. Simon must be rethinking his judges panel at this time.

    Hehe, just you wait till X-Factor comes round, even flashier and more bells and whistles, and it has Simon the honest judge who tells you like it is!

    Simon an honest judge on X-factor? One-direction anyone? lol!

  • jtoms

    thenghreport1985 says:
    05/04/2011 at 2:39 pm

    They are using seasoned pro’s as contestants instead of finding some average joe and make his dream come true. This show is more edited than anything I’ve ever seen. They literally go out and SCOUT allllll of their contestants, and then invite them on the show.

    and this is a problem because….why? it’s not like the show has gone out of its way to paint these people as mere paint salesman from middle america when they’ve in actuality have also been in the business. in that way, it’s a helluva lot more honest than idol.

    no surprise that it is absolutely KILLING in the 18-49 demo. contemporary songs, contemporary artists, all great.

    agreed though that the show is still working out some kinks. really weird that they had to recycle contestants. i’d also agree that the talent isn’t mindblowing, but i enjoy it. i’ll probably enjoy it next season much better when they’ve got a better idea of execution, etc.

  • thenghreport1985

    and this is a problem because….why? it’s not like the show has gone out of its way to paint these people as mere paint salesman from middle america when they’ve in actuality have also been in the business. in that way, it’s a helluva lot more honest than idol.

    It’s not a problem for me, but it’s a bit of a problem for the show. As viewers, we tend to migrate toward’s talent competitions with great underdog stories. With heart. I’m not as likely to get excited about watching a guy signed with a minor label compete against a girl who was signed with a minor label compete against each other. I want to see the 19 year old single mother who has been beaten down throughout her life compete against the 28 year old guy who has spent his life in the military but wants a shot to make his dream come true.

    You can like watching pro’s all you’d like, but there’s a reason why Clay Aiken/Ruben Studdard garnered huge ratings and huge buzz. Watching Kelly Clarkson, a girl from small town Texas, win a million dollar record deal , watching people like Elliott Yamin who has spent most of his adult life caring for his mother and himself while squeaking by financially make it to 3rd place, watching David Cook and David Archuleta compete, etc.

    You have to have heart. I see flash and glitter in “The Voice” but very little heart.

    no surprise that it is absolutely KILLING in the 18-49 demo. contemporary songs, contemporary artists, all great.

    If a mid-5 is KILLING (which it is), than what do we call the 7.1 that Idol averages? SERIAL KILLING? MASS GENOCIDE? Just curious :)

  • Thirsty

    thenghreport1985 I want to see the 19 year old single mother who has been beaten down throughout her life compete against the 28 year old guy who has spent his life in the military but wants a shot to make his dream come true.

    Since the voice is new and we don’t really know the format, we don’t know how the next rounds are going to play out. I suspect that we’ll get to know the contestants more now that auditions are over. That was kind of the point of doing auditions the way they have. The coaches can’t be swayed by backstory or looks. Now that the contestants are “in” we’ll probably see more of who they are. And Idol has had plenty of contestants who’ve made albums before (Carly Smithson, Lee DeWyze, David Cook), been signed before (JoAnna Pacitti, Michael Johns), attended stage or performing arts schools (Pia Toscano, Karen Rodriguez). They aren’t all just noobs off the street.

    I also don’t care at all that the judges on The Voice are a sort of focal point at this stage. This is the setup of the show, and they aren’t trying to present it as something else. It should be interesting to see how the judges/coaches do with the mentoring too.

    I can only speak for myself, but boy am I tired of being bashed over the head with the Idol sob stories. These past few seasons have been more like American Sob Story than American Idol.

    When they announced the new judges this year, and the audition rounds seemed good, hopes were high for this season. Weren’t we promised no cheezy theme nights, more contemporary and expanded song lists, and some original music? Yeah, haven’t seen any of that either.

    I don’t know. I don’t hate Idol or want it to fail. Quite the contrary. But they need to do something to freshen up the format other than just adding a new stage, Steven Tyler’s pirate shirts, and JLo’s sparkly eyeshadow.

    *shrug* YMMV but that’s my $0.02.

  • Elliegrll

    Hehe, just you wait till X-Factor comes round, even flashier and more bells and whistles, and it has Simon the honest judge who tells you like it is!

    Simon isn’t honest. He had two totally different personalities, one for the X-Factor and one for AI. But, people have pointed out that The Voice is basically a rip-off of X-Factor, and that the only reason why Simon can’t sue is because of the chair gimmick. It will be interesting if this will hurt the X-Factor, because next year it will look like that show is just copying The Voice.

    no surprise that it is absolutely KILLING in the 18-49 demo. contemporary songs, contemporary artists, all great.

    AI isn’t known for having contemporary songs, but their 18-49 numbers are routinely 75% higher or more than any other regularly scheduled show. It will be interesting to see how well the contestants and producers pull off contemporary songs in this format. When idol contestants have tried to do songs that are more about the production than the singing they have failed miserably.

  • thenghreport1985

    Since the voice is new and we don’t really know the format, we don’t know how the next rounds are going to play out. I suspect that we’ll get to know the contestants more now that auditions are over. That was kind of the point of doing auditions the way they have. The coaches can’t be swayed by backstory or looks. Now that the contestants are “in” we’ll probably see more of who they are. And Idol has had plenty of contestants who’ve made albums before (Carly Smithson, Lee DeWyze, David Cook), been signed before (JoAnna Pacitti, Michael Johns), attended stage or performing arts schools (Pia Toscano, Karen Rodriguez). They aren’t all just noobs off the street.

    The contestants of the Voice are WAYYYY MORE polished than any of those examples. For example, Nakia is so famous around Austin TX that he brings in close to a 100,000 a year for live performances alone.

    And, honestly, I really do like this show, but it infuriates me to see people jump ship when something shiny comes into town. American Idol has its issues, but it is an institution, a ratings giant, and has given us legitimate international pop stars who have sold millions and millions of records, and yet, The Voice comes around and all of a sudden American Idol is the red headed step child.

    Please people. Don’t lose your minds here. We’re two episodes in.

  • jtoms

    thenghreport1985 says:
    05/04/2011 at 4:05 pm

    It’s not a problem for me, but it’s a bit of a problem for the show. As viewers, we tend to migrate toward’s talent competitions with great underdog stories. With heart. I’m not as likely to get excited about watching a guy signed with a minor label compete against a girl who was signed with a minor label compete against each other. I want to see the 19 year old single mother who has been beaten down throughout her life compete against the 28 year old guy who has spent his life in the military but wants a shot to make his dream come true.

    You can like watching pro’s all you’d like, but there’s a reason why Clay Aiken/Ruben Studdard garnered huge ratings and huge buzz. Watching Kelly Clarkson, a girl from small town Texas, win a million dollar record deal , watching people like Elliott Yamin who has spent most of his adult life caring for his mother and himself while squeaking by financially make it to 3rd place, watching David Cook and David Archuleta compete, etc.

    You have to have heart. I see flash and glitter in “The Voice” but very little heart.

    i don’t think that will be a problem for the show since it hasn’t been marketed as such. it hasn’t pretended to be anything it’s not, and so far it’s working out fine. there are lots of folks out there who aren’t over-invested in backstories (though, to be sure, voice highlights these too, albeit briefly) and have complained about sob stories. i think if the voice continues to be more about professional development and the behind-the-scenes of what goes into crafting a performance as an alternative to idol and the sobfests that will no doubt inundate xfactor if the UK version is anything to go by, it will be fine.

    a 5.1 for a brand new show on a network that has been struggling for almost a decade now is great. that it tops glee and DWTS is more impressive, and as the show produces more seasons, that number should go up. that doesn’t take anything away from idol however. it’s absolutely a ratings institution. i must confess, however, that i did not know the demo rating of idol. consider me schooled on that front :).

  • Elliegrll

    i don’t think that will be a problem for the show since it hasn’t been marketed as such. it hasn’t pretended to be anything it’s not

    Lyndsey Parker complained that during last night’s show that they didn’t mention the professional pasts of a lot of the contestants. And for a show that keeps putting the emphasis on the main gimmick, a lot of the contestants look like their hair, makeup and wardrobe have been professionally done. During the audition phase, a lot of the AI contestants look like they are just a step up from living on the street, very few look camera ready, but that hasn’t been the case with The Voice.

    The show is also trying to make it seem like their talent pool is better than AI’s, or that they will cast people that AI won’t, and neither of those things is true. One of the reasons why AI has been a ratings power house is because of the diverse casting.

  • Hazehel
    and it has Simon the honest judge who tells you like it is!

    Simon isn’t honest.

    I suppose snark isn’t always as apparent to those who read it as to those who wrote it.

  • Thirsty

    thenghreport1985American Idol has its issues, but it is an institution, a ratings giant, and has given us legitimate international pop stars who have sold millions and millions of records, and yet, The Voice comes around and all of a sudden American Idol is the red headed step child.

    Hasn’t American Idol viewership been in decline since season 7 (don’t know the specifics but that’s what I’ve read around here)? No doubt it’s still a powerhouse but then again they’ve been the only kid on the block for 10 years now. Idol hasn’t really reacted to losing viewers and voting numbers these past few seasons because they haven’t had to. Even with ratings down it’s still a huge show. There comes a point in a TV show’s lifetime though, when viewer fatigue sets in and people watch either out of habit, or because they like “x” type of show and it’s the only one out there. Now they’ve got some competition with The Voice – which has some huge names on the panel – and X Factor – which has Simon and …. some other people.

    I like The Voice. I like the judges so far and think the format could be really interesting if done well. I’m willing to give it a chance because Idol has done wore me out. Even during season 9, before we knew about The Voice, Idol started to feel a little stale. But that may just be me.

    Like I said, I would LOVE to see Idol stick around and stay as strong as it always has been. But they’re going to have to make some changes.

  • thenghreport1985

    Hasn’t American Idol viewership been in decline since season 7 (don’t know the specifics but that’s what I’ve read around here)?

    Nope. Idol Season 10 has shown an uptick in viewership and continues to rise from the previous season. Idol is still incredibly strong.

    For instance, the Voice has 12.5 million viewers yesterday. American Idol last week had 22.5 million.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I dunno. This show is hella entertaining so far and it looks to get better. I like the idea of pitting the mentors against each other. I don’t want it to be like AI. What would be the point?

    Both shows entertain me. I hope the Voice continues to do so.

  • Elliegrll

    Hasn’t American Idol viewership been in decline since season 7

    This year’s ratings are up in comparison to last year, which is the first time that that has happened since season 7, and it’s a monumental feat, since the average decline for network broadcast shows is 10%. I don’t think that the show’s continued ratings dominance is because their aren’t any other singing talent shows, especially since in the last ten years every other major network, including Fox, has tried to launch an AI clone and they have all failed.

  • Hazehel

    Hasn’t American Idol viewership been in decline since season 7

    Since Season 5. This is slightly more complicated because viewership was down across all the main networks. Season 7 of Idol was down ~10% from Season 6, but then all networks were down ~10% that year. It has kept declining until this season when it crept up (season-to-date total viewership is up 1%). What is more of a concern for Fox is the decline in the 18/49 demo (because they determine the ad rate), and this season is still down from previous season overall.

  • thenghreport1985

    What is more of a concern for Fox is the decline in the 18/49 demo (because they determine the ad rate), and this season is still down from previous season overall.

    Yet, let’s not forget to mention, it’s still the highest 18/49 demo number on television. 7.1 last week. WOW.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Can I ask a question? This is a real question… I’m not being snarky. Why does it matter if AI or the Voice has better ratings if you enjoy either show? If they have enough viewership to get renewed for another season, what does it matter to YOU, the viewer?

    I have never understood why it matters. I know why it matters to the networks. They want $$$. But why should I care?

    Again, I realize if ratings are too low then it means doom to a fave show (see: Friday Night Lights).

  • MayMirabella

    I am really loving the Voice so far. The judges are very entertaining and there is some good talent too.

    The judges though are more current and far more interesting than the Idol judges in my opinion.

  • Thirsty

    pj Why does it matter if AI or the Voice has better ratings if you enjoy either show? If they have enough viewership to get renewed for another season, what does it matter to YOU, the viewer?

    Oh, I don’t really follow the ratings, just remember some headlines around these here parts talking about the numbers and the decline in viewership. It was just the idea that Idol is an institution and deserves our loyalty or to stay on top or somesuch that I was responding to.

    And you just had to bring up Friday Night Lights, didn’t you. *sniff* I love that show.

  • MayMirabella

    For a new show and for an NBC show, the Voice is off to a very promising start. The NBC execs as well as the producers of the Voice must be ecstatic.

    I love that I have a Tuesday show to watch as I quit watching DWTS a few years ago as I do not like shows were celebs are the competitiors. I only like the singing and dancing talent shows where non celebs are the contestants even if some do sing professionally in clubs or on broadway or wherever.

    Friday Night Lights, my favorite tv show of the past decade by far, the acting, the storylines, the production..brilliant. I will miss this show so much. I bought Season 5 DVD and have it now and I will watch it later..I bought the DVDS for each season and I like never do that. It is one of my favorite shows of all time and it suffered in the ratings and I blame that Friday death slot which has claimed some wonderful programs in the past.

  • TylerWV

    IVe been an Idol fan since season 2. I had high hopes for big change this year. I think when they brought Nigel back, we got the same old stuff we dislike so much, producer manipulation and tired themes. He is good at keeping the show on track time wise, but apparently didnt see the polls the show took last year or dismissed them. I think the watered down judging was probably his idea as something “new”. If the judges had judged, the themes disappeared and more current songs used this wouldve been a great season. The talent pool was good. I like the Voice. Last night wasnt nearly as good as last week but Im anxious to see how the mentoring sessions work.

  • Thirsty

    TylerWV I think the watered down judging was probably his idea as something “new”.

    My money’s on JLo and Steven Tyler as the culprits. They are both still producing music in the current market. IMO the smart money is on them not wanting to appear “mean” and then losing fans because of it. Let’s face it, they probably see Idol as a vehicle to promote themselves and their product. Besides, JLo’s been fighting the bitch/diva label for ages and being seen as a meany on TV isn’t going to make that go away.

    We didn’t have that with Simon, Randy, Paula or Kara. They were all either has beens, unknowns, or behind-the-sceners. None of them had to worry about pushing a current single, movie, book, tour.

    Whatever the reason, this nice judging hasn’t really worked.