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The Sing-Off: Unimpressive Ratings; Cancel or Keep It

The Sing-OffNBC’s new reality competition, The Sing-Off, completed its four night season on Monday. One vocal group was victorious but was the show a winner in the ratings?

The Sing-Off is a singing competition show for a capella groups of all styles and sizes. The program begins with eight groups and then teams are eliminated over the course of the episodes, either via viewer call-ins or judges’ votes. The series is hosted by singer Nick Lachey and the judges are Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman, and Nicole Scherzinger.

This season’s winners are the six-member group called Nota from San Juan, Puerto Rico. They were rewarded with a $100,000 prize and a recording contract with Sony. Of the win, the group said, “This means a brand new life for all us. Thank you so much for this opportunity… We look forward to bringing you some more music and bringing joy to your heart.”

While Nota was a winner, what about the show?

Should Sing-Off come back?

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The ratings for The Sing-Off started off with an unimpressive 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.89 million viewers. That’s about what Heroes has been doing in the demo but easily bests Trauma. Sing-Off lost viewers in its second hour and that didn’t bode well for night two.

But, strangely enough, the key rating increased a bit for Sing-Off on Tuesday evening, to a 2.6 in the demo and 6.86 million viewers. For night three, the show sunk to a 2.1 rating and 6.51 million.

And then, for the season finale, Sing-Off attracted a 2.3 rating and a viewership high of 7.28 million viewers.

While this kind of performance in the ratings certainly isn’t very impressive, NBC might still opt to order a second season. Sing-Off is cheaper to produce than scripted shows and held audience interest. That’s certainly a positive thing for ratings-challenged NBC.

If the network does renew it, they could make season two in the same abbreviated “event” format or they could try to expand it to a more typical run.

What do you think? Would you tune in to watch a second season of The Sing-Off? As a regular series or as another holiday event? Cancel or keep it?

 

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Erica January 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Definately KEEP IT!!!!! Finally there is a program to showcase this type of singing! Please Please keep it and let me know where to look to audition for the 2nd season!!!!

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Anonymous January 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

My family would definitely watch another season.

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Rick January 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

KEEP IT…..but I would have liked to seen some of the auditions

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Tracy January 7, 2010 at 9:10 am

We absolutely loved it! It was so entertaining and fun. The groups made me smile through the whole thing and it amazes me that there is no instruments. I LOVED the show and can’t wait for a new season!!

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Kerber January 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

Loved it

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Nik January 5, 2010 at 4:08 am

I loved the show. I thought it brought back the real competition of singing! Like one judge said it was good to hear a song with out all the bells, whistles, and whatever crap goes on these days when groups are performing. It takes a lot of talent to do what those guys did without any music at all. I think the judges really knew what they were talking about and did a good job on the show. Try it out for another season….I thought it was great. I loved the finale but do agree to much talking at some points…Boyz II Men were great though!

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sick of networks January 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

trash it

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Michele December 31, 2009 at 7:11 am

dump it,

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Will December 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm

I’d love to see a 2nd season but they definitely need to retool the show a bit to keep it a true competition and definitely keep it to 1 hour. 2 hours a night for 4 nights is just too much, especially for the number of songs/arrangements that you actually heard.

If you liked the music, check out BOCA (Best of College A Capella), a cd series done over the past decade or so. They featured some of the same groups and years ago and some other fantastic college groups.

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V December 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I was sold on the show just from the previews. Nota was my favorite from the beginning. I followed the show every night that it was on and even voted . I was so happy that Nota won.
I hope you will bring it back . I’m a true fan. The only thing you can improve on is repeating the shows by putting them (On Demand) or on the Website of channel 7 so it can be watched again. Next time I will record it on my DVR. So yeah ! Bring the show back .

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Anonymous December 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

This show wasn’t that great. The best groups besides the group who placed 2nd were all kicked out of the competition. The finale was a joke as all 3 of the judges joined in and got to stand on the stage the vast array of groups in the beginning was a joke they judged the kids who came from a rough background with a there were a couple of problems but you did great to the school that had an amazing group and told them well you went sharp on this note and sharp on that note. Criticism was not fairly handed out… I just thought this was a rough season and I didn’t care for it this comes from a person who loves music, choir, performances, American Idol and Glee. I think they need better judges who give fair criticism to all groups and doesn’t sway what they have to say in accordance to a groups background additionally they need to find groups that are on the same level of competition.

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Anonymous December 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm

This series was unbelievable!! Our whole family loved it so much that we held onto the recordings for the entire family to watch on Christmas day….all so talented and completely entertaining! Everyone was amazed. Hope the series continues…

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Alli December 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm

KEEP IT!! I loved seeing an entire show promoting a capella and I’m sure it will be utilized by choir directors all across the nation.

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michael butts December 24, 2009 at 12:37 pm

WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER AMERICAN IDOL RIPOFF. NBC SHOULD GET BACK TO SCRIPTED TV. I’M SICK OF ALL THESE REALITY BOMBS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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SHELLA FITZGERALD December 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I LIKED THE SHOW AS LONG AS IT WAS COMPETITION. BUT THE FINALE STANK. BRINGING IN THE STARS THAT SANG THE SONG ORGINALLY REDUCED THE NEW GROUP TO NO MORE THAN A BACK UP GROUP. AND IN SOME CASES THE NEW GROUP’S SOUND AND ARRANGEMENT WAS BETTER THAN THE ORGINAL. WHILE WATCHING THE FINALE I GOT EXCITED BECAUSE IT SOUNDED LIKE YOU WERE GOING TO REVEIW THEIR PERFORMANCES , BUT INSTEAD OF LETTING US HEAR THE GROUPS SING, YOU TALKED THROUGH IT ALL. VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE FINALE. I HAD A FRIEND WHO DIDN’T SEE THE OTHER NIGHTS AND I WANTED HER TO HEAR THE GROUPS. DIDN’T HAPPEN!

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