“The Voice” will be back on NBC in the fall, with a pair of former “American Idol” stars as judges.
The network announced Thursday that “Voice” judges Jennifer Hudson, who joined the show this fall, and Kelly Clarkson, who made her debut in the current cycle, will be part of Season 15 in the fall. Series mainstays Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will be back as well.
That was the lead of NBC’s press release. The fact that “The Voice” is returning was relegated to paragraph two.
Not that it’s any real surprise. Ratings have come down a fair amount this season — the Monday edition is off 13 percent in adults 18-49, and Tuesday shows are down 11.5 percent — but so are those for most other shows. It’s still the No. 2 show on NBC (excluding sports), behind “This Is Us.”
Combined, the two weekly editions are averaging about a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.27 million viewers in same-day ratings. After a week of delayed viewing, the numbers rise to 2.6 and 12.17 million.
“The Voice” joins these shows that have been renewed for 2018-19 and beyond.