The Voice USA began its 13th season with its lowest premiere audience in show history.
An average of 10.4 million viewers tuned in to watch new coach Jennifer Hudson join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Miley Cyrus in the spinning red chairs.
The figure is down on the 13 million that watched the Season 12 opener back in March. However, the number is still higher than the spring finale that attracted just 9.3 million viewers. That meant between Spring’s finale and Fall’s premiere, the singing competition saw a 37 percent increase.
The good news for NBC is that The Voice did beat ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, which had just 8.6 million viewers. The numbers for ‘Dancing’ continue to fall after its lowest premiere ratings ever with around 10 million viewers.
CBS was the big winner with the return of The Big Bang Theory, which averaged 17.6 million viewers and the series premiere of Young Sheldon with 17.2 million. The Season 2 premiere of Kevin Can Wait attracted 10.2 million.
The Voice USA airs Monday’s and Tuesday’s on NBC at 8/7c, while Dancing With The Stars airs Monday’s on ABC at 8/7c.