What a difference The Voice makes.
Night 2 of the Spring edition of NBC’s reality hit not only held up well in the ratings, but it resuscitated Matthew Perry’s struggling sitcom Go On.
Voice had 12 million viewers and a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49. That’s off a tenth from its second episode last fall, and down 19 percent from Monday’s premiere. Go On (5.6 million, 2.1), which featured a cameo from Perry’s former Friends co-star Courteney Cox, jumped 110 percent from last week’s deaths-door rating (and is probably artificially boosted further by having a minute of Voice overrun in these numbers).
The Voice Effect also helped The New Normal (3.6 million, 1.4), but not nearly as much — up 56 percent. By the time Smash (3.1 million, 1.0) aired at 10 p.m., NBC’s ratings had returned to Crapsville (population: Smash). We’ve been hearing Go On and New Normal are likely to return next season, by the way.
With The Voice returning to Tuesdays, NCIS barely blinked — down only a tenth. But other reality shows took a hit. The second week of ABC’s diving competition show Splash, well, dived — down 38 percent from its premiere last week. Fox’s veteran Hell’s Kitchen fell only a tenth, but that’s an all-time low for the show (which typically airs during the summer).
Also Tuesday: Dancing results was down 26 percent from last year. ABC’s Body of Proof rose to beat CBS’ Golden Boy, which dipped, and won 10 p.m. NCIS: LA was down 10 percent. Fox’s New Girl was down 4 percent and Mindy Project was down 12 percent.