NBC Punches Up 'Knockout' Rounds of 'The Voice' to Air in Two-Hour Original Episodes on Back-to-Back Nights on October 29-30

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October 10th, 2012

via press release:

New Comedies “Go On” and “The New Normal” Will Be Broadcast One Hour Later Than Usual (10-11 p.m. ET) on October 30 for That Night
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 10, 2012 – NBC will pack more punch to its “Knockout” rounds of “The Voice” by airing two-hour original episodes on back-to-back nights on Monday, October 29 (8-10 p.m. ET) and Tuesday, October 30 (8-10 p.m. ET) for a total of four hours of “Knockouts” that week.

In addition, on October 30, the network will move back the broadcast times for original episodes of the new comedies “Go On” (10-10:30 p.m. ET) and “The New Normal” (10:30-11 p.m. ET) for one night.

"The Voice" is the season's top-rated unscripted series in adults 18-49, according to "most current" season averages from Nielsen Media Research, with the Monday edition averaging a 4.9 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49 and 13.7 million viewers overall, while the Tuesday telecast is earning a 4.4/13 in 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers overall. Monday's "Voice" is currently the #1 unscripted series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox this season in 18-49 and the Tuesday edition is #2. Counting all primetime series on those networks except sports pre- and post-game shows, the Monday "Voice is tied for #4 overall and the Tuesday telecast ranks #5.

"The Voice" returned with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show's third season. Celebrity musician coaches Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with Carson Daly as host and Christina Milian as Social Media Correspondent.

The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, then the battle round, the brand new knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.

During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them -- thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes their button, the power then shifts to the artist to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes their button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their team of artists, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success along with the help from their celebrity advisers. During the battle rounds the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.

After the vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach. In a new twist to the format, each coach has two steals during the battle rounds.

Joining “The Voice” coaches as advisers are Billie Joe Armstrong, Mary J. Blige, Rob Thomas and Michael Buble as they well help prep the teams for battle.

More information on the team members can be found at http://www.nbc.com/TheVoice/.

At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach's roster remain and proceed to the new knockout rounds. The artists will be paired again with a member of their team, but this time they find out only minutes before performing who they are being compared against. The artists each select their own song to perform individually, while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach’s confidence and decision to take them to the live shows. Their coach will choose the winner and the artist not selected will be sent home.

In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named “The Voice” and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

“The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Media, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.

  • puta

    The Voice Who? With none star this reality sucks

  • BL

    No Parenthood that week? Not very happy. Parenthood is one of the most underrated shows while Go On is not that bad but far from the other sitcoms I watch (BBT, HIMYM, MF) and The New Normal is just disappointing and terrible.

  • rob60990

    This show will be airing 4 times a week in the spring. I would bet money on it.


    Keep milking the Voice while you can so it can crash & burn even faster.

  • EatMorePez

    November Sweeps start on October 25, so this makes total sense for NBC.

  • Sid


  • Dan

    The Voice is turning into Deal or No Deal

  • j

    Well, it’s not like their other Tuesday shows are doing well. Dancing with the Stars can expect to be crushed even more than usual, while NBC can win each hour. NCISLA and New Girl may or may not go down; I don’t know what audience overlap with Voice is like.

  • CrimTV

    Go On / The New Normal will defiantly counter-program it’s competitors Vegas and Private Practice and should easily win the hour combined

  • DenverDean

    As predicted yesterday, TV is going the way of Millionaire. Burn out city. NBC should hold back.

  • Clarkwood

    @ The Old Man

    That’s the whole point. NBC only joined the Reality Singing b/c they needed something & b/c they are tired of Idol taking it’s Wed/Thur ratings away from them. They also know that Idol’s ratings are going down and XF is not that big. So the genre is slowly dying for this cycle. It’s easy money. So, take as much out of it as you can and then the networks can get back to actual shows once they can kill Idol.

    @ The Voice

    I don’t like that you have your judgementors have to eliminate one of the acts you pair up in the new Knockout round. Glad you allowed them to wait until just b4 they perform so they can judge based on rehearsal though.

    I am also glad that you limit the judgementors as far as votes for the live shows & that 2 go home each week. The fact that it isn’t 4 or 8 is much much better and also allows for strong teams to stay and weak to leave.

    If you could only feature more actual singing each episode instead of so much backstory/drama that would be swell. And, please focus more on those that make it to the lives & not the ones that leave right away/battle rounds.

    I am also happy that no one that you feature is horrible. In fact most are B grade. Even those that are eliminated.

  • SJ

    Why don’t they just air Parenthood and skip the comedies? Parenthood is taking a week off due to some debate, then it’s back on on the 23rd, then off on 30th and then on again, and then presumably off for the election… that kind of scheduling is not good for a serialized show. And I say that as someone who doesn’t watch the show.

  • Ultima

    This show will be airing 4 times a week in the spring. I would bet money on it.

    Keep milking the Voice while you can so it can crash & burn even faster.


    The Voice is turning into Deal or No Deal

    Clearly this has nothing to do with an hour being cut from the show the previous week (debate) and the following week (election night).

    Idol squeezes in extra hours during February sweeps every year and it hasn’t have any negative effects on the show.

    Let’s freak out about how NBC is going all Millionaire on the show, though!

  • Ultima

    Parenthood is taking a week off due to some debate, then it’s back on on the 23rd, then off on 30th and then on again, and then presumably off for the election… that kind of scheduling is not good for a serialized show

    There’s no on again before the election.

    This option was five on, one off, one on, two off, on until break;
    the other was five on, one off, two on, one off, on until break.

    There’s basically no difference between those. There are two unavoidable breaks.

  • Ultima

    As predicted yesterday, TV is going the way of Millionaire. Burn out city

    I can’t believe I missed the actual Millionaire comparison in my other comment.

    It’s a completely ridiculous comparison.

    Millionaire was fine when it aired seven days a week, because it only did so during limited runs (August 1999, November sweeps 1999).

    Millionaire was fine when it aired three nights a week in winter/spring 2000 (top 3 shows on TV that season).

    Millionaire only tanked when some moron had the genius idea to combine the two scheduling ideas and run five hours of Millionaire a week for an entire season.

    NBC is doing nothing with The Voice that hasn’t already been done (successfully) with Dancing with the Stars or American Idol.

  • Oliver

    It will be interesting to see how the comedies perform at 10pm.

    I wonder if I’m future cycles NBC plan to do this regularly, ala Dancing With The Stars, with the pleasant side-effect of staggering premieres. Use The Voice lead-in to launch a show at 10pm then launch a block at 9pm slightly later in the season.

  • ICBBsFuture

    How is it that if “Arrow” gets 0.8 or 1.0 its considered GREAT when every other show on other networks are clearly higher? I’m honestly just wondering because I don’t know much about this and I’m new. If Arrow gets that how is it saving the CW? thanks

  • Justin121

    It’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire all over again.

    Enjoy it while it lasts… which isn’t more than 1-2 seasons.

  • Rob R

    I doubt NBC can contain itself…….it will burn the show out. These are decent lounge singers…..none of them will ever be a star. It is a reasonably well produced contest for a prize that fizzles away into thin air.

  • Ultima

    It’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire all over again.


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