NBC expands The Voice to two hours


“The Voice” is paying off for NBC with big ratings, so the network is expanding the hit show to two hours, effective June 7th. If things go as NBC programming execs hope, it’s going to have a double whammy with The Voice and the return of “America’s Got Talent.”

The “Battle rounds” of The Voice began last Tuesday (5/10) and will continue through Tuesday, May 31, airing 10-11 pm ET. That last date is also the season debut of “America’s Got Talent” (AGT), which will kick off with a two-hour show, 8-10 pm ET.

Beginning Tuesday, June 7th AGT will air 8-9 pm ET, followed by two hours of The Voice, 9-11 pm ET. Those live two-hour episodes of The Voice will continue through June 28th.

Meanwhile, the second night of AGT will be Wednesdays, 9-10 pm ET, beginning June 1st. The June shows will be from the recorded auditions, with the live AGT shows beginning Tuesday, July 5th, 9-11 pm ET, continuing for the rest of the summer, with the weekly AGT results show on Wednesdays, 9-10 pm ET.

Through its first three weeks on the air, The Voice has averaged a 5.3 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers overall, making it the #1 new series of the season in adults 18-49 and the #3 entertainment series overall behind only Fox’s two editions of “American Idol.” Each Tuesday telecast of The Voice to date has ranked as the #1 program of the night in adults 18-49, according to live plus same day results from Nielsen.