"The Voice" crowns a winner, wins ratings race
On Tuesday, "The Voice" crowned 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery the latest winner on the singing competition show.
But Bradbery wasn't the only winner, as the preliminary ratings numbers had the finale on NBC pulling in 15.3 million viewers. The mark gave "The Voice" its highest numbers for a finale ever, and pulled it far ahead of Fox's best on the 12th season of "American Idol" and its 14.3 million finish in May.
"American Idol" has tried to capture larger audiences by making changes to its judges panel. Come this fall, the once ratings powerhouse will have a new producer and new judges as Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj announced their departures earlier this year.
This past spring, "The Voice" brought in Usher and Shakira as temporary replacements for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Host Carson Daly believes "The Voice" has found ratings success by being able to draw a wide audience.
"People thought we were crazy to switch up something that was working," Daly told CNN.
"But ... it's about American families. I think people feel guilty that there's not enough connectivity between their kids and themselves, and maybe their parents if they're still around. There's not a lot of great TV on network primetime that brings them all together. If you can figure out how to do that, and I think 'The Voice' has, then you're doing something right."
As for Bradbery's win, coach Blake Shelton was beaming with joy.
"I've been trying this since day one. I've made no bones about the fact that I want to win this thing with a country artist. And anybody who doesn't like it can kiss my ass," Shelton said to the Hollywood Reporter after the show.
NEWSHOUR: Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. offers his perspective on immigration tonight on "PBS NEWSHOUR." This one-on-one interview with Ray Suarez follows Tuesday's interview with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
"PBS NEWSHOUR" has produced more than two hours of video reporting about immigration, all of which is available online.
ASSEMBLE: Shalisha Francis, a writer on ABC's "Castle" has jumped over to the Disney-backed project TV series based on the world of the "Avengers" films "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Francis is best known for her work on the "Castle" episode "Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind," which paid homage to fan favorite "The X-Files." Now, she will join Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen on the show slated to air this fall.
OnMilwaukee.com film critic Matt Mueller talked with UWM grad Emma Bates and her role in Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing." You can read it here.
EXPANDED ROLE: Dan Abrams, now better known for his lively discussions with Nancy Grace on "Good Morning America," will take a larger role with ABC News.
While assuming the title of Chief Legal Affairs Anchor, Abrams will now be a part of the rotation at the anchor desk of "Nightline." Abrams will continue with legal analysis on "GMA" as well as participate in the summer-time series "Lookout," which airs on Wednesday nights.
I watched the first 6 years of American Idol and after Simon left the show became a joke.
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