Ratings Wrap: ‘The Voice’ Sings, ‘Nashville Wives’ Sighs

The bromance continues—Shelton and Levine watch the blind auditions. Photo: Trae Patton/NBC

The bromance continues—Shelton and Levine watch the blind auditions. Photo: Trae Patton/NBC

The sixth season premiere of The Voice, helped NBC win the ratings race on Monday night (Feb. 24). The episode averaged 15.7 million viewers, its biggest audience since it had the 2012 Super Bowl lead-in. This was a 15 percent increase from last year, according to the LA Times. In the key 18-49 demographic, the show attracted about 6.11 million viewers for a rating of 4.7. Coaches on this season include Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Usher and Shakira.

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Nashville returns to ABC tonight (Feb. 26) following a short break. Look for hot local rock band The Wild Feather (Warner Bros.) performing new single “Got It Wrong” on the episode at 9 pm CT. The song is the latest single from their self-titled debut album, produced by Jay Joyce.

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Monday evening’s (Feb. 24) premiere of TNT’s Private Lives of Nashville Wives got the series off to a rocky start. Locally, the premiere brought a 2.3 rating, and viewership declined throughout the hour, with quarter-hour splits at 2.6, 2.3, 2.4 and 1.7, according to the Nashville Scene.

Nationally, the premiere didn’t fare any better. Nashville Wives did not rank among the top 100 cable shows in Monday’s ratings; other competing shows in the same time slot included VH1’s Basketball Wives, History Channel’s Cryptid: The Swamp Beast, Comedy Central’s South Park, a rerun of House Hunters on HGTV, and Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Private Lives of Nashville Wives is the second Nashville-based reality television show that has tanked in the ratings in recent months. The premiere of A&E’s Crazy Hearts earned a 4.6 (with Duck Dynasty as a lead-in) and ended the hour at a 1.5. Crazy Hearts was moved to a Saturday at 1 p.m. time slot.

Nevertheless, Private Lives of Nashville Wives’ production company is eyeing a second season; a casting call notice was sent to media the day after the show debuted.

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