Don’t start writing an obit for NBC’s The Voice anytime soon. With an average of 13.3 million viewers and a 3.4 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo, its audience is still as big as Kanye’s ego.
Still, numbers for this week’s Season 10 finale — 10.4 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating for Alisan Porter’s win – were down 18 and 28 percent from Jordan Smith’s coronation a season prior. And if those declines don’t make exec producer Mark Burnett a teensy bit nervous, he need only look at the way prior reality behemoths American Idol and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? disappeared from the network landscape in recent years.
The good news is, much of what The Voice does works very well: It manages to put on a terrific two-hour concert every Monday, its introduction of the Twitter Save has made the Tuesday results telecast an interactive success story, and its Blind Auditions remain joyous and thrilling as ever.
Still, there haven’t been many changes to the formula since Javier Colon strummed his way to victory in Season 1, and that got us thinking about some tweaks to the Voice formula that could bring back some lost fans and keep its current ones fully invested.
From the elimination of dreaded montages to an overhaul of the semifinal results massacre, we’ve cooked up eight ideas that would keep The Voice resonating loud and clear and strong for years to come.
Check out the gallery below — or click here for direct access — then hit the comments with your ideas to keep The Voice on top of the ratings heap.