The show's premiere won the coveted 18-49 demo Tuesday (April 26) and increased its first hour viewers from 11.4 million to 12.2 million in its second hour - beating "Glee" in the half hour in which they overlapped.
What we saw were the auditions, but in a whole different way than "American Idol" handles them. Instead of stringing us along for weeks as we watched the judges in a dressed up hotel conference room alternately making fun of and celebrating its contestants, "The Voice" took us straight to the stage and took away the -- hate to use the current buzzword -- bullying out of the process. Who knew Americans would watch something so insanely positive en masse? Crazy, to paraphrase coach Cee Lo Green's hit.
So, what would it take for you to come back next week? We can tell you what we liked and what we're looking forward to.
Here are Zap2it's 6 reasons we'll keep watching:
1.) The talent. Since we're skipping all that mess that is the open calls, we're getting the best of the best. Even the singers who don't earn a spot on one of the teams are pretty good singers who just failed to strike a chord (excuse the pun) with the judges.
2.) Host Carson Daly is not annoying or overpowering. His style is very much like that of a spectator, supporter, and he's clearly on the performers' side. He doesn't seem interested in playing the typical circus ringleader role we've seen in the past. We'll need to see what he's like once we get to the battle rounds. But, for now, we appreciate his relaxed style.
3.) It doesn't waste our time. That's funny to say after we just sat through two hours, but the show doesn't have all that crazy filler, cheese-tastic "pants on the ground" antics we've become so used to on "Idol." Even the post-commercial break recaps are quick and to the point. We don't know how long this will last, but we expect it to continue for at least the blind audition segments of the competition.
4.) The coaches have great chemistry. There's something very refreshing about this foursome. The idea that they're forming teams to do battle with one another gives their relationship an interesting twist. It's both adversarial and collegial. By the way, can Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine get a room already?
5.) We have to know what's up with Tje Austin. His family is Mormon. His father wears a cowboy hat. Um, and he's black and his parents are white? We are starving to get the back-story on this one. In fact, it might be a smart move that the show didn't tell us, because we'll watch until we get it, dammit.
6.) Second chance callbacks. Who will get a second chance to join a team? We're thinking that Cee Lo's pretty mistake, Sonia Rao, perhaps?