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The Sing-Off: Cancelled; No Season Four

NBC Sing-Off cancelledWell, there’s one singing competition that won’t be back next season. The Sing-Off has been cancelled after three seasons on the NBC.

Hosted by Nick Lachey, this TV series seeks to find the most-talented a capella singing group in America. Judges have included Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman, Nicole Scherzinger, and Sara Bareilles. The judges decide who advances to the finale and the final winners are determined by viewer votes. The champs take home a Sony recording contract and $200,000.

The Sing-Off began in December 2009 as a short-run series with just four episodes. It did reasonably well — averaging a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.9 million viewers — so the peacock network brought it back for season two.

It returned in December 2010, expanded to five episodes, and the ratings rose 26% — to an average of a 2.9 in the demo with 8.6 million viewers.

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NBC decided to take another chance and give The Sing-Off a two-hour timeslot on the fall schedule with 11 episodes. That gamble didn’t pay off and the ratings were much lower. By the end of the season, The Sing-Off averaged a 1.5 in the demo with 4.56 million.

On our NBC Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative demo performance of TV shows on the network, The Sing-Off has an “C-” grade. The network has now cancelled the show.

NBC could have brought it back for another limited run, perhaps over the summer or in December but were likely hesitant to flood their schedule with yet another singing/talent competition. America’s Got Talent has been very successful for them over the summer months and NBC plans to run two cycles of The Voice next season. There just wasn’t a place on the schedule for The Sing-Off any longer.

What do you think? Do you think NBC should have kept The Sing-Off, perhaps run it in December? Are you sorry to hear that it’s been cancelled and won';t be back for a fourth season?

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Penelope November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

My friend and I would discuss at tennis every week how the competition was going on The Sing-Off. We don’t care for all the drama on The Voice. The Sing-off was just glorious entertainment–the way TV used to be. So sad to see it go. Hopefully some other network will pick them up.


Osvaldo Cintron Jr November 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

What! thats crazy. nbc sucks monky nuts. BIG!!! Huge MISTAKE.


Rebecca October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

What??! I can’t believe The Sing-Off has been cancelled! I don’t watch much TV, but I absolutely LOVED this show! The talent blew me away each week. I’ve been wondering when it was going to come back on, so I did a search online and found this article. I am so disappointed! Please, NBC, bring it back!!!


Deborah October 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm

It’s a shame that those who have real talent without all the technology can’t make it in the “fluff” industry, technology can make anyone sound good but when you can do it without even a mike, that’s really talent.
Reconsider the show!


Joe Helms October 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Chalk me up on the really disappointed side.

I didn’t always catch it at the original time, but I caught the re-air on Ovation or Bravo or where ever it was.

Ben Folds was a real music nerd, which was awesome. People who know what they are talking about musically are rare. I wish another channel would/could pick it up, even for a short-run season.


sinatra October 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

This was a show about the MUSIC. It was smart. It had the greatest musical talent on tv. The judges actually commented on the music: the difficulty of dissonant seconds, etc. I guess it was too smart for America! I will keep on listening to Take Six, and mourn the loss of this show.


Abi October 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

So so so sad. I loved this show!! Real vocal talent without the extra drama. I don’t watch much television, but this was one show I never missed. I’m so disappointed.


Anonymous October 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

This is a real shame… the music was great – and gave colleges and small groups a chance to showcase. Does everything on tv have to be about ratings?


amanda dunbar October 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Thats awful! I was really looking forward to seeing the Sing-off! I loved the songs, groups, and music…. NBC lost my vote! and The voice is nothing compared to what they had in The Sing-Off! You should have asked the public before you just took it out from under us like the rest of our life… SING-OFF RULES!


Mary Ann October 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Between The Sing Off and the Voice they are by far the best shows on TV. American Idol is the worst. You have fantastic talen of all ages on both of these programs. What was the problem? NBC promotes drinking alcohol on a daily bases on the KathyLee and Hoda hour but can’t promote truevoices.


katie October 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

This show featured more talent in one episode than all the other singing shows combined! I am extremely disappointed to find out it won’t be back. My friends and family are sorely disappointed as well. Poor choice NBC. You finally got it right with Sara barellis and you cancel the show!


Nicholas Jones October 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

True voices with unbelievable talent … nbc have wasted a real show with real quality.
I feel sorry for all involved in it’s production … I still have last years Xmas special on my DVR.

Means little to the executive ar NBC but Bermuda and I will miss the real talent in the singing world the year.

Put on your thinking caps NBC, you have made a big mistake this time!!!!!


julie October 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Too bad!!!!!Was the best show on T.V. The only show I looked forward to watching.


Arroz October 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Tragic – this was the best of the singing shows by far. Best talent, best format, etc. Don’t understand how people can be so into The Voice and not the Sing Off – maybe if NBC had done as much marketing as they do for The Voice. I have looked forward to it during the Holiday Season for the last 2 years – how sad.


Pelon October 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

I don’t watch much TV at all. However, I do love music, and when the Sing Off was on, I sat my butt down and watched every second of every episode. This show had some real and serious talent where the other shows are awkwardly bad. Now there aren’t any shows that have any talent and are judged by people with minimal talent.


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