“The Voice” Debuts Strong

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011  |  Updated 6:12 PM PDT
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Forget “Glee.”

NBC belted out a ratings win for the two-hour debut episode of “The Voice” Wednesday night, topping the competition in the key advertiser friendly 18 to 49 demographic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The heavily promoted singing competition featuring “Forget You” singer Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera reportedly scored a 5.1 rating in the demo, compared with a 3.4 rating for Fox’s Lady Gaga-themed “Glee.”

“The Voice” averaged 11.8 million viewers when all demographic groups were factored in, about half of the audience for Fox’s “American Idol,” THR reported.

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Tuesday logged the most eyeballs for the night overall, The Wall Street Journal reported. About 18 million viewers tuned in for the dancing competition's results show where pro-wrestler Chris Jericho got the boot.

Still, NBC said “The Voice” scored the most viewers for any premiere on the big networks since the Feb. 2010 debut of “Undercover Boss.”

Selected Reading: THR, WSJ, MTV
 

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