‘The Voice’ Struggled Hard in TV Ratings Facing Off Against the World Series

by Josh Lanier

For the first time in 26 years, the Atlanta Braves are World Series champions. The storyline of this storied franchise fighting back following years in the baseball gutters made the game very compelling.

At least, that’s the story the ratings tell, as millions more tuned in to watch the Braves beat the Astros 7-0 in The Voice, Deadline reported. Nearly 12 million people tuned in to watch Game 6 of the World Series. But The Voice saw some of its lowest ratings of the season. About 4.82 million people — less than half of the Braves game audience — watched the NBC singing competition. Despite it being a blowout early.

Though, to be fair to Blake Shelton and Co., the World Series trounced all comers last night. The closest are all part of the FBI family on CBS. FBI raked in 6.69 million viewers, FBI: International grabbed 5.3 million sets of eyeballs, and FBI: Most Wanted scored 4.86 million viewers, according to Deadline.

But it wasn’t all good news for Fox and the World Series. Viewership was up from 10.3 million for last year’s decisive Game 6 between the winning Dodgers and Rays. But that’s way down from the 24 million TVs that tuned in to watch Game 7 of the Nationals versus Astros in 2019. The Nats won that game.

‘The Voice’ Judges Break Down Shelton, Grande’s Relationship

Nothing sells a show like conflict. And The Voice is trying to stir things up between Blake Shelton and judging newbie Ariana Grande.

The show recently released a backstage discussion between the judges when host Carson Daly asked them about their blossoming frenemies-ship.

“Do you and Blake have a rivalry, because sometimes I see you guys toasting, fist-bumping,” he says. “I don’t know if it’s an alliance or a rivalry.”

Grande said she believes Shelton is a good guy “when it suits him.” And Shelton said he’s just trying to help out the newcomer to the show.

But clips from the show tell a different picture. At one point, Blake Shelton compliments Grande on her play and it seems to freak her out. “What’s happening? Why’s he being nice,” she says, her eyes darting around the room like a cornered cat.

“Never trust him,” John Legend tells her.

“I don’t,” she replies.

But Shelton says he’s playing the long game because Grande has “the most savage” fan base. He “really wants to get them on (his) side.”

Other judges have noticed. Kelly Clarkson said she noticed his “cheerleading act” but doesn’t like it.

“She’s Ariana Grande,” Clarkson snaps, “she doesn’t need your help.”

Ariana Grande always seems to be playing up to Shelton fans too. She called him a “very smart man,” but she understands what he’s doing. And she’s not falling for it.

“It’s a nice tactic,” she tells Shelton, “… I just don’t know if it’s going to work.”