TV News: As We Say Hello to ‘The Voice,’ We Say Goodbye to ‘Hellcats’

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What a great night it was on Tuesday evening, as ‘The Voice’ sang it’s way up to the top, beating [and possibly robbing viewers from] Glee, as the NBC competition series sets the best series premiere of the season, with 11.8 million viewers, and a huge 5.1 rating among adults 18-49. Wow. The folks over at NBC must be partying hard.

‘The Voice’ set the highest series premiere of the season, if you exclude the ‘Undercover Boss’ premiere which had the Super Bowl as it’s lead in; compared to ‘The Voice’ which actually had a lower rated show as a lead-in (‘The Biggest Loser,) and still soared to such high numbers. How good or bad was the show? It was good. Very good. Great, actually. I saw American Idol for 3 seasons, and tuned out right after season 7 premiered. The talent just wasn’t as good anymore. The Voice at least has the guarantee that there won’t be a full-blown train wreck, which could be both a good thing and a bad thing. Either way, the premiere was fantastic. I will come back next week to see another round of blind auditions, and so should you. An encore of last night’s premiere airs tonight at 9 P.M. EST on NBC.

The outlook is rather bleak on The CW, with the network having one of the worst (if not the worst) night with original shows this season. ‘One Tree Hill’ was flat with last week with a 0.7 rating with adults 18-49, and had 1.54 million viewers. It got worse, a lot worse over the course of the night. ‘Hellcats’ dived even further to a series low 0.4 rating (the worst for a scripted drama this season) and just over a million viewers (1.04) which is horrible, even for The CW. I can pretty much declare that ‘Hellcats’ isn’t returning for a second season. It’s doubtful that it will rebound high enough so late in the season, and it’s been week after week that ‘Hellcats’ has set new lows. So don’t expect Hellcats to come back next season, and if you’re a fan, enjoy it while you can.

So you’re up to date! For now…

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