“The Sing-Off” is almost off the air for the season, but the a capella singing competition on NBC is hitting some welcome high notes in the ratings.
The show drew just over 9.5 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. this past Monday, the best numbers for NBC in that time period in more than a year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Unfortunately, the show is scheduled for a short run. The series, which got under way Dec. 6, was styled only as a five-night event. It ends next Monday with a final sing-off. (Another two-hour episode airs tonight – Wednesday – starting at 8/7c.)
On “The Sing-Off,” the competition is between a capella groups, including one group led by one of the legends of a capella, Jerry Lawson (formerly of The Persuasions and now currently lead singer in Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town).
Next time NBC orders up “The Sing-Off,” the network ought to try and extend it in order to keep it around longer. One of this show’s advantages is, its musical costs are relatively low since a capella singing requires no instrumental accompaniment.
The respectable numbers for “The Sing-Off” this past Monday came just as NBC was announcing another singing-competition show – “The Voice of America” – to be produced by reality king Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Apprentice”). “TVOA” – which some people are calling NBC’s answer to “American Idol” on Fox – is due on the air some time next spring, perhaps as a companion to next summer’s run of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC.
If you haven’t seen “The Sing-Off” yet, you only have two more chances – tonight (Wednesday) and next Monday on NBC.