Updated: How Will 'The Voice' & "The New Normal' Premieres Rate? (Polls)

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September 10th, 2012

Update: 'The Voice' premiered to a preliminary (Fast National ratings) 4.1 adults 18-49 and 'The New Normal' premiered to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

The official start of the new season is still a couple of weeks away, but some shows are premiering in those two weeks, including tonight's premieres of The Voice and The New Normal (and for sports fans, a Monday Night Football doubleheader).

The Voice's third season, it's first in the fall, isn't going to premiere nearly as well as its second season did, but the second season had the benefit of the lead-in being a record breaking Super Bowl which averaged more than 111 million viewers. As a result The Voice's second season premiered to 37.6 million viewers and a 16.3 adults 18-49 rating. With that momentum, the Monday premiere the next night averaged a 6.7 adults 18-49 rating.  I don't see much (any) chance of that happening tonight, and while it is traditional to compare premieres to premieres and finales to finales, the better barometer here is probably to compare the premiere with last spring's finale. The final performance show averaged a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating and the results finale drew a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating.

My guess is NBC will be thrilled with anything near a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating and won't be biting its fingernails unless it debuts below a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Whatever The Voice does it's reasonable to conclude The New Normal will be lower, most likely considerably.


  • Person of Interest – TV’S #1 NEW DRAMA

    In my opinion – the voice will be around 4.5 and new normal around 2.5.

    The voice will beat x factor wich is more important.

  • Tony JJ

    I think The Voice will be around 4.5-5.0. and the new normal will be around 2.5-3.0.

    and I disagree with @Person of Interest – TV’S #1 NEW DRAMA – I think The X Factor premiere will beat The Voice.

  • Haha

    The Voice return will get 4.0 at most. X-Factor will slaughter it on Wednesday.

  • Baqinardo

    > 5.6 for the voice.
    Of course XF will beat the voice on Wednesday.
    It’s 2 hrs premiere and The Voice only 1 hr.
    But head to head, i’d say The Voice slightly win the slot.

  • Baqinardo

    I meant, The Voice will be > 4.4
    Around 5.6.
    and > 3 for The New Normal.

  • Tony JJ

    I”m talking about X Factor Wednesday premiere will beat The Voice Monday premiere.

  • RG-X

    The Voice will hit around a 4.0 – the early shows of the Voice do better because of the spinning chairs and the team making is fun.

    The New Normal will start off well – then 15 minutes into it – it will be the Normal ratings of what other crappy shows receive = Meaning; nearly no one watching. – It will be cancelled before the full season run.

    I’ll be watching the Gordan Ramsey Shows – I didn’t just watch the whole season just to skip the final episodes now – I want to see the winners!

    Sorry NBC

  • Jonathan

    I don’t think some of you understand how much of an audience Britney Spears will bring to this show. She appeared on How I Met Your Mother in 2008 and the ratings almost doubled!

  • bob

    I think the Voice would have gotten a 4.5 IF they didn’t just finish a season a short time ago. I believe it will get a 2.9 at most. The New Normal will get a 2.3.

  • bob

    I am definitely watching Hell’s Kitchen and Master Chef finales tonight. How stupid of NBC to begin a show when incredible shows are finishing on another network. I guess they don’t call NBC the stupid network for nothing.

  • Jeff R

    The Voice has pretty decent competition with HK and MC finales on FOX – both of which should crack a 3. I’m calling viewer fatigue on this one and looking at nothing more than a 3.5 for The Voice. The New Normal will be lucky to get a 2. Look for The Voice to run a couple minutes long and for The New Normal to be adjusted down in the finals.

  • Mon

    I’ll watch FoodNetwork’s MasterChef tonight!!!

  • s0303

    the voice will get around 3.8…new normal around 2.5…new normal ratings will drop quickly and not get renewed for a second season…

  • Allen

    The Voice: 4.0
    New Normal: 2.3

    NM will continue to drop and won’t be renewed.

  • joss

    Very low i hope .. I am HIMYM fan and we all remember hows that affected mid seson

  • Jon23812

    The Voice will get a 4.0.

  • Jon23812

    Unrelated but The X Factor will probably get a 6.2

  • glover

    NBC will be airing tomorrow the second episode of Go On, right? Or will be another repeat of the pilot? The same with The New Normal.

  • Anthony

    I think the Voice will be 3.5 and New Normal will be 2.3; Good but not great.

  • Jared

    Is The New Normal a brand new episode?..or just a repeat of the pilot?

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