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‘The Voice’ Returns: Still a Steady, Formidable Player for NBC in Season 14 — Ratings Watch

Watch out, "American Idol": the spinning chairs still have some power. Also: The Oscars increase slighty in the Live+3 TV ratings charts for the week ending March 4, 2018.

THE VOICE -- Season: 14 --  Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys -- (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys

Art Streiber/NBC

The Voice” isn’t the tremendous hit it was when it first debuted in 2011, but it still packs bite. The singing competition — known more for the interaction between its coaches than for actually discovering the next American singing idol — has settled into a healthy groove, with ratings that haven’t varied much since fall 2016. For a show now in its 14th cycle, and having undergone multiple residents of those spinning chairs, that’s remarkable.

It’s extra notable this winter as ABC attempts to revive “American Idol,” the music show that dominated on Fox in the mid-2000s, but was already on a downward slide when “The Voice” came on the scene. The arrival of this new franchise hastened “Idol’s” decline, and Fox ended the show in 2016.

Perhaps the end of “Idol” helped keep “The Voice” steady since then, as fans of music competitions found a home there. But regardless of the reason, the 14th edition of “The Voice” — with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and Alicia Keys — averaged a 2.8 rating in its return on Feb. 26, a number that eventually went up to a 3.3 rating after three days’ worth of DVR and VOD usage. That’s up from the fall, and just 0.3 ratings points from last spring.

Here’s a ratings tracker of “The Voice” from the beginning:

Cycle (Date)…18-49 rtg…p2+ viewers (x000)
Voice 14 (02/26/18)…2.8..12313
Voice 13 (09/25/17)…2.6…10570
Voice 12 (02/27/17)…3.1…13029
Voice 11 (09/19/16)…2.7…10340
Voice 10 (02/29/16)…3.4…13332
Voice 09 (09/21/15)…3.5…12371
Voice 08 (02/23/15)…4.1…13968
Voice 07 (09/22/14)…4.1…13240
Voice 06 (02/24/14)…4.7…15858
Voice 05 (09/23/13)…5.1…14983
Voice 04 (03/25/13)…4.8…13636
Voice 03 (09/10/12)…4.2…12285
Voice 02 (02/06/12)…6.7…17844 *
Voice 01 (04/26/11)…5.1…11775

*The day after a post-Super Bowl preview, which averaged a 16.3 in 18-49 and 37.611 million viewers.

Meanwhile, the Oscars got a slight bump from additional DVR and VOD viewing, to a 7.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 27.3 million viewers overall. The premiere of NBC’s “Good Girls” and return of CBS’ “Survivor” also made it into the Top 25.

On Xfinity’s ranker of top video on-demand shows last week, “The Walking Dead” returns to the list, thanks to its midseason premiere.

Here are this week’s rankers:

Adults 18-49 ranker, week ending March 4, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

RATING

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

RATING

1

The Oscars ABC 

7.0

6.9

2

The Walking Dead AMC

4.3

2.9

3

This Is Us NBC

 4.0

2.5

4

The Big Bang Theory CBS

3.7

2.5

5

The Voice (Monday) NBC

3.3

2.8

6

Grey’s Anatomy ABC

3.2

2.0

7

Young Sheldon CBS

3.1

2.1

8

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC

2.8

2.4

9

Live From the Red Carpet ABC

2.7

2.7

10

The Good Doctor ABC 

2.6

1.3

11

9-1-1 Fox

2.5

1.5

12

Survivor CBS

2.3

1.7

13

The Bachelor ABC

2.2

1.8

tie

Modern Family ABC

2.2

1.3

tie

Chicago Med NBC

2.2

1.4

16

Scandal ABC

2.0

1.2

tie

Chicago PD NBC

2.0

1.2

18

The Goldbergs ABC

1.9

1.3

tie

How To Get Away With Murder ABC

1.9

1.1

tie

Mom CBS

1.9

1.5

tie

Good Girls NBC

1.9

1.5

tie

Chicago Fire NBC

1.9

1.1

tie

Will & Grace NBC

1.9

1.1

24

Law & Order: SVU NBC

1.8

1.1

25

NCIS CBS

1.7

1.2

Adults 18-49; ratings points. Source: Nielsen Media Research
THE OSCARS(r) - The 90th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)JIMMY KIMMEL

Jimmy Kimmel, The Oscars

ABC

Total viewers ranker, week ending March 4, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

The Oscars ABC

27.30

26.62

2

The Big Bang Theory CBS

17.33

13.76

3

Young Sheldon CBS 

 15.73

12.42

4

NCIS CBS

15.40

12.46

5

The Voice (Monday) NBC 

 14.26

12.32

6

This Is Us NBC

14.02

9.74

7

Bull CBS

13.79

10.70

8

The Good Doctor ABC

13.03

7.83

9

Blue Bloods CBS

12.69

9.05

10

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC

12.46

10.84

11

Live From the Red Carpet ABC

11.71

11.60

12

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

11.56

8.27

13

Mom CBS 

10.93

8.95

 14

Grey’s Anatomy ABC

10.61

7.53

15

Hawaii Five-0 CBS

10.49

8.00

16

Chicago Med NBC

10.37

7.28

17

Survivor CBS

10.10

10.03

18

The Walking Dead AMC

9.89

6.84

19

Chicago PD NBC

9.53

6.09

20

9-1-1 Fox

9.33

5.95

21

Chicago Fire NBC

9.00

5.67

22

MacGyver CBS 

8.48

6.92

23

S.W.A.T. CBS 

8.31

5.32

24

Seal Team CBS 

8.12

4.97

25

Life in Pieces CBS

8.06

6.50

Total viewers; in millions. Source: Nielsen Media Research
THIS IS US "Vegas, Baby" Episode 216 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

“This Is Us”

Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Here is this week’s Xfinity On Demand ranker:

Top 20 TV Series, Feb. 26-March 4, 2018:

RANK

SHOW

NETWORK

1

This Is Us

NBC

2

Game of Thrones

HBO

3

The Good Doctor

 ABC

4

9-1-1

Fox

5

Homeland

 Showtime

6

The Bachelor

ABC

7

The Simpsons

 Fox

8

The Chi

Showtime

9

The Voice

NBC

10

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

11

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

FX

12

The Walking Dead

AMC

13

A.P. Bio

NBC

14

The Resident

Fox

15

Divorce

HBO

16

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

E!

17

 The Alienist

TNT

18

Celebrity Big Brother

CBS

19

Family Guy

Fox

20

Married At First Sight

FYI

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