The Sing-Off: Will It Be Back for Season Four or Cancelled?

Sing Off season four or canceled[SPOILER] Last night, NBC aired the third season finale of The Sing-Off and crowned the winners of the a capella competition. Pentatonix, a five-person ensemble from Arlington, Texas, took home a Sony recording contract and $200,000. Will there be more winners and a fourth season of The Sing-Off or, will the TV series be cancelled instead?

Hosted by Nick Lachey, The Sing-Off began as a short-run series with just four episodes in December of 2009. It did reasonably well (a 2.3 in the 18-49 demographic with 6.9 million viewers) and was cheap to produce so the peacock network brought it back for season two. It returned the following December and was expanded to five episodes. That renewal paid off and the ratings rose 26%, to an average of a 2.9 in the demo with 8.6 million viewers.

NBC decided to take another chance and give The Sing-Off a two-hour timeslot on the fall schedule and 11 episodes. That gamble didn’t pay off and the ratings have been terrible.

The Sing-Off began this season with a disappointing 1.9 rating in the demographic with 5.3 million viewers. The numbers never got any better they dropped as low as a 1.3 rating, less than half of its worst demo rating last season. The show’s consistently been in fourth place in its timeslot and has lost 40% in the demo season-to-season.

The reality competition is the second-highest non-scripted show on the network but, given the state of the rest of NBC’s schedule, that’s not saying much.

Will NBC cancel The Sing Off? If the network were in better shape, of course they would. As things are, I suspect NBC will bring it back for another season but give it either a summer or holiday run, when competition and expectations are far lower.

In retrospect, they probably shouldn’t have messed with the success they’d been having with it.

But, what do you think? Should Sing-Off return for another season or are you done with it?

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    • Daniel R. Mills says

      News Flash!!
      Season three was won by Pentatonix.
      Season FOUR was won by Home Free.
      So, yes, there will be a season four. But, wait, season four just ended.

  1. Dan Mills says

    The Sing-Off the best “Reality” show. All the other so-called “Reality” shows have absolutely nothing to do with reality! The Sing-Off is the best entertainment show to come on the air since the old variety shows were on (Carol Burnett, for example). The other singing competitions are easier because they have instrumental accompaniment. Singing a cappella is the hardest thing to do as a singer (I have sung a cappella for about 50 years, and can testify to the difficulty of singing without instruments). Most of the groups on the Sing-Off have excellent intonation throughout their performances. The arrangements are top-notch, and the choreography is great. Perhaps you should change the format back to the first season, and add a few weeks. When you have 8 to 12 groups participating on week one, you need to expand the number of episodes or eliminate 2 or more groups per week. I think the only fair way is to eliminate one competitor per week. Keep the show on. It’s the only real reality (music) show on the air.

  2. Jan says

    Please bring it back!!!!! I don’t understand the low ratings as these contestants are by far the best entertainers and the most talented in comparison to idol and the voice. It also promotes team work and musicianship and the creativity is off the charts!!!! The judges are also the best in the biz and Nick Lachey is better suited for this format rather than that corny new show he is hosting. A capella is gaining popularity all over the country……..don’t give up on this show!!!

  3. Kristi says

    BRING IT BACK!! The singers who are on this so are truly talented and gifted and I loved watching it every week. American Idol has gone down hill with their cast of judges and really i look forward to watching a real singing competition such as the sing-off. Please Please Please bring it back!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. JoAnn Osman says

    i really, really, really enjoyed each season of the Sing Off thus far and TRULY hope you bring it back in 2013.

  5. Richard L says

    The Sing Off Season 3 winners are playing to sold out concert venues all over the US and coming in top 20 on the digital music sales charts. There is clearly a demand for this type of music. Perhaps restrcturing the show would help but the demand for the a cappella music is solid.

  6. Heather says

    It is the only music reality show really worth watching because it it is the only one that shows the kind of musicianship that music teachers try to foster in their students – working together, listening, joy.

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