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"The Voice" Finale Trumps "The X Factor" Finale in the Nielsens

Mark Seliger/NBC(NEW YORK) -- It's clear that NBC's The Voice was the most popular singing competition of the fall season, and not Fox's The X Factor.

The season finale of The Voice, won by Cassadee Pope, drew an audience of 14.1 million viewers on Dec. 18.  Two nights later, The X Factor's season finale, on which Tate Stevens was crowned the champion, was seen by 9.66 million.

Usually, NBC's Sunday Night Football is the most popular primetime program for a given week during the fall season.  But that wasn't the case last week, when the CBS drama NCIS led the way with 19.6 million viewers.

NBC won the network ratings race for the week, followed by CBS, Fox, ABC, Univision, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Dec. 17-23, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NCIS, CBS, 19.59 million.
2. NFL Football: San Francisco at Seattle, NBC, 19.50 million.
3. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 15.48 million.
4. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 14.13 million.
5. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 13.67 million.
6. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 13.37 million.
7. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 10.95 million.
8. The OT, Fox, 10.94 million.
9. Mike & Molly, CBS, 10.79 million.
10. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10.54 million.

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"The Voice" Recap: Cassadee Pope Wins; Christina and Cee Lo Say Farewell

Tyler Golden/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Cassadee Pope, 23, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was crowned the winner of the third season of NBC's The Voice in a live finale Tuesday night.  She was mentored by Blake Shelton.  It's Shelton's second time being a winning mentor.

Terry McDermott, also from Team Blake, finished second while Nicholas David, who was mentored by Cee Lo Green, finished third.

Pope topped 63 other contestants this season and secured the highest number of viewer votes after Monday's final performance show to overcome McDermott and David.  Pope won a recording contract.  The three finalists were presented with new cars from “Saint Cee Lo.”

Pope has been hoping to become a solo artist after being the lead singer for the pop/rock band Hey Monday, which once supported acts such as Fall Out Boy and All Time Low.  She plays guitar as well as some bass, drums and violin, and prides herself on knowing a "surprising amount of '80s rock music."

McDermott, the runner-up, is a Scottish-born rock vocalist who moved to the U.S. years ago with his band, Driveblind, and later settled in New Orleans with his wife and young boy.

David, who finished in third, fell into bad habits when he began performing with a country band after college.  After meeting his dream girl five years ago and finding a spiritual path, he has cleaned up his life and now raises their two children -- with another on the way -- in St. Paul, Minn.

Prior to the results being announced, all four coaches sang a moving version of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” 

Tuesday's finale was Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green’s last show for the foreseeable future.  Usher and Shakira will replace them and join Blake Shelton and Adam Levine in the red chairs when season four airs in March 2013.

Tuesday’s show also featured special performances by the finalists, their mentors, former contestants and several musical guests.  Here's a rundown:

  • Rihanna performed her number one hit “Diamonds.”
  • Terry McDermott was joined by returning contestants Rudy Parris, Amanda Brown, Bryan Keith and Michaela Paige on the KISS song “Rock and Roll All Night.”
  • Motown legend Smokey Robinson joined Nicholas David for a soulful rendition of “Cruisin’.”
  • The Killers invited Cassadee Pope to sing along with their song “Here with Me.”
  • Season three male heartthrobs Dez Duron, Diego Val, Mackenzie Bourg, Julio Cesar Castillo and Cody Belew teamed up for a performance of “Stacy’s Mom,” by Fountains of Wayne.
  • Cassadee Pope got some help from season three contestants Liz Davis, De’borah and Melanie Martinez for the Imagine Dragons song, “It’s Time.”
  • Rock guitarist Peter Frampton sang a duet with Terry McDermott on Frampton's “Baby, I Love Your Way.”
  • Bruno Mars gave a world exclusive TV performance of his new song, “When I Was Your Man.”
  • Nicholas David performed “End of the Road,” by Boyz II Men, with season three friends Dez Duron, Trevin Hunte and Amanda Brown.
  • Cassadee Pope got to sing with her hero Avril Lavigne.  The pair sang Lavigne’s hit “I’m With You.”

The fourth season of NBC's The Voice is scheduled to premiere on March 25, 2013.

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"The X Factor" Loses Head-to-Head Ratings Battle with "The Voice"

Ray Mickshaw/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- A revamped judges' panel on The X Factor wasn't enough to carry the Fox singing show to a ratings victory over its NBC rival, The Voice, on Wednesday night.

A recently-added one-hour episode of The Voice aired opposite the season premiere of The X Factor in the 8 p.m. Eastern time hour.  During their head-to-head matchup, The Voice averaged an estimated 10.7 million viewers, while the first hour of The X Factor pulled in just 7.5 million viewers, according to Variety.

The X Factor audience grew during its second hour, and averaged 8.5 million viewers for the entire episode.  

One can argue that it's a disappointing total for Simon Cowell's show, given that it made two high-profile hires in Britney Spears and Demi Lovato for its judges' panel.

In an interview with last week, Cowell openly chastised NBC for scheduling an additional night of The Voice against The X FactorThe Voice is regularly scheduled to air on Monday and Tuesday nights this fall.

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"The Voice," "Katie" Premieres Earn Solid Ratings

Chris Haston/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The first-ever fall season of NBC's The Voice is off to a good start in the Nielsen ratings. The singing competition attracted 12 million viewers for its two-hour premiere, according to Variety.

The Voice benefited from an early start to its season.  Most of its fall competition, including ABC's Dancing with the Stars, won't premiere for another two weeks.

This is the third season of The Voice, but the first to air during the fall.

NBC previewed two of its new comedies after The VoiceThe New Normal was seen by 6.9 million viewers, and an encore presentation of the pilot of Matthew Perry's Go On drew five million viewers.  Both series will air regularly on Tuesday nights.

Earlier on Monday, Katie Couric's new daytime talk show had an impressive launch.  Katie enjoyed the highest-rated debut of any daytime talk show in the past 10 years.  ABC, which distributes the show, has not released the number of viewers who tuned in.

The highest-rated primetime program for the week ending Sunday was NBC's coverage over the weekend of the Denver Broncos-Pittsburgh Steelers football game, which drew 27.57 million viewers.  That's a bigger audience than the one that tuned into NBC's broadcast of the NFL season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants last Wednesday.

NBC won the network ratings race for last week, followed by Fox, CBS, ABC, Univision, ION Television, Telemundo and the CW.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Sept. 3-9, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. Sunday Night Football: Pittsburgh at Denver, NBC, 27.57 million.
2. NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. Giants, NBC, 23.89 million.
3. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 20.14 million.
4. Wednesday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 18.67 million.
5. Football Night in America, NBC, 12.99 million.
6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 12.32 million.
7. NFL Opening Kick-Off Show, NBC, 10.68 million.
8. America's Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 8.93 million.
9. NCIS, CBS, 7.94 million.
10. America's Got Talent (Thursday), NBC, 7.88 million.

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"Voice" Producer Denies Involvement in "X Factor" Battle 

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Simon Cowell is upset that NBC scheduled an additional episode of The Voice next week opposite his X Factor, but perhaps he shouldn't point fingers at Mark Burnett, who produces the NBC singing competition.

Cowell told TMZ that it was "unprofessional" for The Voice to expand its premiere week with a third episode, scheduled to air Wednesday at the same time The X Factor kicks off a new season on Fox.

When TMZ reached out to Burnett for comment, the reality TV producer said he wasn't even aware of NBC's decision.

He said, "There was never ever a meeting or a discussion of what my show was up against. The fact shows you where our minds are at and where others are because it literally never crossed my mind."

Burnett also said, "This is someone trying to read into something that doesn't exist."

Cowell has since told TMZ that he doesn't believe Burnett's story.

Cowell previously expressed his belief that NBC was trying to steal some of the thunder away from new X Factor judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. 

Though Spears was a high-profile hire, Cowell says she doubted herself on her first day on the job.  It had been reported that she walked off the set to take a bathroom break, but Cowell told TMZ Thursday that she actually "had a moment on the first day where she said to me, 'I'm not sure I can do this.'"

Cowell said he convinced her to stick around, and she turned out to be a great judge.

The Voice's three-night premiere will air next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on NBC.  Fox will broadcast the two-part season opener of The X Factor on Wednesday and Thursday.

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"Community," "The Voice" Win Honors at Critics' Choice TV Awards

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC's Community was honored as best comedy series while The Voice was named best reality show competition at the 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in Los Angeles Monday night.  

NBC won a total of five awards at the star-studded ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  The winners were chosen by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was named best talk show, while Amy Poehler of the peacock network's Parks and Recreation tied Zooey Deschannel of Fox's New Girl for best actress in a comedy series.  Actor Paul Rudd's appearance on NBC's Parks and Recreation was named best guest performer in a comedy series.

Here's a list of the winners:

Best Drama Series
Homeland – Showtime

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad – AMC

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes – Homeland – Showtime

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito – Breaking Bad – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men – AMC

Best Reality Series
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – Travel Channel

Best Reality Series – Competition
The Voice – NBC

Best Reality Show Host
TIE: Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars – ABC and Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance – FOX

Best Talk Show
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC

Best Comedy Series
Community – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K. – Louie – FX

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
TIE: Zooey Deschanel – New Girl – FOX and Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation – NBC

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell – Modern Family – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Julie Bowen – Modern Family – ABC

Best Animated Series
Archer – FX

Best Movie/Miniseries
Sherlock – PBS

Five shows were acclaimed as the most exciting new series:
The Following - Fox
The Mindy Project - Fox
Nashville - ABC
The Newsroom - HBO
Political Animals - USA

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"The Voice" Recap: Jermaine Paul Crowned Winner of Season Two

Justin Lubin/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Jermaine Paul, a former backup singer from Spring Valley, N.Y., was crowned the winner of the second season of NBC's The Voice on Tuesday during a live grand finale.

Paul was mentored by country singer Blake Shelton.  The decision was based on viewer votes.

Paul emerged victorious after weeks of blind auditions, battle rounds and judges “saves.”  In addition to the title, he also gets a recording contract with Universal Republic Records and $100,000 cash.

As confetti rained down and the crowd rose to its feet, a tearful Paul gave thanks to his family, friends and supporters, and cried “Nobody but Jesus.”  He then took the mic one last time to sing his finale song “I Believe I Can Fly,” by R. Kelly.

Juliet Simms, the female rocker mentored by Cee Lo Green, finished second in the voting.  In third place was former Mousketeer Tony Lucca, coached by Adam Levine.  Opera singer Chris Mann, who was mentored by Christina Aguilera, finished fourth.  All of the contestants received a new car from KIA Motors.

Tuesday night’s results show also featured guest performances by Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum and Daryl Hall and John Oates.

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Report: 'Explosive Fight' Between Two Mentors on "The Voice"

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- If a source on the set of NBC's The Voice is to be believed, contestant Tony Lucca's Adam Levine-inspired choice of Jay Z's "99 Problems" for his final solo performance caused an "explosive fight," according to

The song's chorus, "I got 99 problems but a b***h ain't one," was a reference to Lucca and Levine's relationship to a "highly offended" Christina Aguilera, says the unidentified spy.

"Adam and Tony wanted to call Christina out as a b***h," says the source.  "It was completely aimed at her.  It was Adam's idea, but Tony absolutely loved it."

The source says NBC tried to step in and change the offending lyric to "chick," but the Maroon 5 frontman wasn't having it.  "He said changing the song would be a death sentence [for Tony]."

During the broadcast, Aguilera said she felt the song's lyrical content was “derogatory towards women.”  Levine and Aguilera then argued over the meaning of the song until Levine informed her the words were a metaphor for living a hard life.

The gossip site also says Levine "blew up" at Aguilera when the coaches rehearsed "Free Your Mind," calling her "the biggest f***ing c***."

The source says an "immature" Levine then locked himself in his trailer after the blow up, delaying production.

"Christina is so sick of Adam being looked at as the golden boy of the show," the spy tells RadarOnline.  "If America knew how disgusting he was, they would be appalled, she always says."

The season finale of The Voice airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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NBC's 'The Voice' Expands to Tuesday Night Next Month

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- NBC wants to hear -- and see -- more of The Voice, so next month, the network will expand the show to two nights per week.

The singing competition will air a one-hour results show on Tuesday nights, beginning April 3.  The extra hour of The Voice will compete against ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show.  A two-hour live finale is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8.

Currently, The Voice airs only on Monday nights.  The live performance rounds will begin Monday, April 2.

The Voice is definitely NBC's biggest hit.  This week's episode was seen by 16.7 million viewers, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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'The Voice' Returns Sunday After the Super Bowl

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC's singing competition The Voice begins its second season on Sunday night, in the plum post-Super Bowl time slot.

In one respect, the expectations for The Voice are raised -- it was a summer show last year, but this time around it will regularly air Monday nights opposite other networks' first-run programming.

All four mentors from season one -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton -- are back, as is host Carson Daly.  They're joined by a new social media correspondent, Christina Milian.

Not surprisingly, The Voice is again being compared to shows like American Idol and The X Factor, but the mentors say there are a few aspects to their program that sets it apart from the competition.

Levine recently told reporters, "All four of us are singers. That's probably the thing that differentiates us the most, is that we all sing. It's our craft. All four of us. So that alone is a unique element on its own."

Aguilera says the mentors last season tried to offer advice to struggling contestants, rather than ridicule them.

"We really wanted to give genuine opinion without tearing people down.  So this year we actually are diving more into critiquing it," she says.

Critics have pointed out that albums released by season-one winner Javier Colon and his Voice peers, including runner-up Dia Frampton, have not sold especially well.

Daly's response: "Season one of a television show on a major network put out more quality music than arguably a lot of labels and a lot of artists that are in front of them on the charts.  So as far as, you know, success, it's in the eyes of the beholder. "

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