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.

Should Sing-Off have been cancelled?

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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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  1. Sharon says

    We love the Sing Off!! The talent and judging were exceptional and it was a delight to watch!! Please bring it back!

  2. Carol says

    There is no comparison between the other two shows and Sing Off! These are groups of young people singing Acapella… and doing a sensational job of it!



  4. Paula says

    Real talent with real judges. This is the only form of reality TV that is worth watching. What are you thinking? Viewers need some redeeming TV viewing options!

  5. Sunshine McClenahan says

    Please bring back the Sing Off… It is a very interesting show and deserves to be kept… Maybe a summer special??? Don’t let it go…

  6. Billy says

    Sing Off was the BOMB! It is a shame good clean decent show can’t make. I bet if the performers were all half naked we wouldn’t be having this conv.

  7. Jan says

    That’s a Bummer! Now that alot of people have seen the movie “Pitch Perfect”,maybe they would have got a lot more Viewers. Personally I really enjoyed the show!! It really showed some talented individuals.

  8. Nan says

    What a shame. As a vocal musician, it was one of my favorite shows. I watch very little TV. If they get rid of PBS, the Boob Tube has no future in my life. Oh, well – at least there are still a few good movies I can watch for the 50th time. This was one “reality show” that was worth keeping.

  9. Roxann says

    My daughter and I have looked forward to seeing a season four, I just found out that there is not going to be a season four and this is sad to hear. I feel that the “Sing Off” is more challenging then the “Voice” these are a group of people that are challenged as a group and taken out of their comfort zone to sing other genre. Either way I am just voicing my opinion to bring it back.

  10. Janet says

    A network show featuring real vocal talent and judges that actually know something about music (at least one anyway)? God forbid! Keeping lowering the bar to raise the ratings, NBC!

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