September 25, 2012

THE SKED: “The Voice” Keeps Singing

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Wasting no time–and why should they?–NBC jumped on the strong ratings for last night’s first regular season episode of THE VOICE to renew the show for both Spring and Fall 2013.  The Spring renewal was a formality, since it had already been announced that Shakira and Usher would be joining the judges for that cycle, but the show is now guaranteed a Fall berth next season.

Glass-half-emptiers might note that the 3rd Monday episode of last Spring’s Voice scored a 5.3 in the ratings, while last night’s parallel episode was down almost a full rating point to 4.4–but for NBC, a 4.4 is manna from heaven, and at this point, the network doesn’t care very much if they risk wearing their golden goose out faster than strictly necessary.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."