Ratings: ABC's Hoops Coverage Rules, NBC's Voice and Talent Down But Far From Out

NBC’s blockbuster summer one-two punch of America’s Got Talent and The Voice finished a strong No. 2 to ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, although both shows were down from last week’s highs.

An abbreviated hour-long edition of Talent slipped 15 percent (12.7 million viewers, 3.6 in adults 18-49), while The Voice — which aired its first two-hour live show — sipped 15 percent in viewers (12.2 million) and 8 percent in the demo (4.5).

ABC’s telecast of Game 4 of the NBA Finals won the night with 13.2 million and 5.5 in 18-49.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The Best part about the Voice are the auditions, after thats its not worth watching. IMO

    • swthompson says:

      Thanks, Uncle Nigel!

    • SallyinChicago says:

      Uncle Nigel is right. It’s all about the star power of the judges. Who cares about some Coulda-shoulda-woulda been singers? We’ve seen them before in another life (show) and now they’re back trying to be stars. Didn’t happen then, won’t happen now.

      This show is a waste of time, except for the entertaining value.

  2. jan sanders says:

    it would be nice if the judges were honest in their comments. On the quarter finals first show most of the singers were flat and off key. The harmonies when singing together were sooo BAAAD I could not listen and had to FF through them. What a sad collection of “talent”.

  3. voicefan says:

    The Voice’s audition process was indeed a high point of the show, but it’s certainly not the only one.

    I don’t particularly care if the Coaches (Not simply Judges) give only positive feedback after the performances. Being Coaches, they give plenty of advice to their team singers while preparing for the performances. And being Coaches and not Judges, they don’t have to entertain an audience in the process of giving their advice. They can be gentle or harsh as they think best helps the team member.

    There is a great team atmosphere and friendly competition among the judges. I will admit a few of the unscripted jabs between coaches were a little awkward. Seeing Blake singing a Maroon five song with his team in front of Adam Levine (Maroon 5 frontman, for those out of the loop) was a great moment in Singing Competition Television.

    The singing itself is generally a leap above the other singing competitions, if only because they are doing a full performance with all the bells and whistles (and mimes,er dancers)

    I can’t say how much I like or dislike their unique voting process. I won’t know until I see how it pans out for the season.

    American Idol is dead to me.