Ratings: NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ ‘The New Normal’ off to solid starts

We all knew that “The Voice” was not going to be able to repeat its performance from season 2’s post-Super Bowl premiere Monday night; so with that in mind, the question really for us instead was just whether or not the singing competition would keep a decent percentage of the viewership, or plummet down to earth.

Overall, we have a feeling that NBC may actually be okay with the 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic that the show posted. This is in line with many of the later episodes during season 2, but you have to remember one key caveat here: those episodes were airing in May, and there wasn’t much else on Monday night that was on the same level as “Dancing with the Stars.” “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.5) and “MasterChef” (2.6) posted numbers for their finales that are really on par with what they scored all season long, and “Bachelor Pad” failed to get any extra viewers out of their promise of drama, as the show dropped to a 1.3 rating this week.

As for the sneak preview of “The New Normal,” the good news is that a 2.5 rating is better than host most of NBC’s comedy series did last year. The problem? The rest of the series will not benefit as heavily from “The Voice,” and will need to rely on “Go On” heavily as a lead-in. We predict that “New Normal” will likely be below a 2.0 by the end of its fall run, much as that “The Voice” will drop below 3.0 for the live shows. Bringing the show back so soon was in our mind a bit of a mistake, ad NBC would have been better off giving people a chance to miss the blind auditions before shoving them back in our face again so fast.

What did you watch on Monday night? If you do want to catch our review of “The Voice” premiere, you can do so by visiting the link here.

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