Sunday Ratings: The Voice Gets Bragging Rights (37M+ Viewers) (UPDATED)

Ratings Report from TV By The Numbers.

UPDATE: Last night’s  Super Bowl was the is the biggest audience to watch a television program in U.S. history.

The season two premiere of “The Voice” that followed the Super Bowl averaged a 16.3  rating in adults 18-49 and 37.6 million viewers overall, making it the highest-rated entertainment program in 18-49 in six years, since ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” post-Super Bowl telecast on February 5, 2006 (16.5). “The Voice” is up versus last year’s post-Super Bowl telecast of “Glee” by 47 percent in 18-49 (16.3 vs. 11.1) and up one percent versus the 2010 post-Super Bowl telecast of “Undercover Boss” (16.3 vs. 16.2).

These numbers are going to change during the day, due to time zone adjustments, but the early reports are pretty sweet for The Voice. The show’s 2nd season hour-long debut  earned 13.3/32 share in the key demo and had 30.28 average viewers tuning in at 10:20 after the Super Bowl ended.

Let the crowing and the boasting about how their premiere kicked the asses of both American Idol and X Factor begin!  But a more reasonable comparison can be made tonight when the Voice settles  into their regular timeslot at 8/7 ET.

TV Line is reporting that The Voice is up 27% from Glee’s post-Super Bowl episode last year.

Again, we’ll have to wait until later to get final numbers.



1. 111.3 Million – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Last Night’s Game)

2. 111.0 Million – Super Bowl XLV, Fox

3. 106.5 Million – Super Bowl XLIV, CBS

4. 106.0 Million – M.A.S.H. Finale, CBS

5. 98.7 Million – Super Bowl XLIII, NBC


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