By James Hibberd
Updated April 09, 2013 at 03:36 PM EDT

The Voice

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Shakira and Usher on The Voice? Working.

NBC’s singing competition hit is doing something that other reality shows only wish they could pull off: Showing ratings steadiness, and even growth, in the weeks following a premiere — despite a new judging panel.

Three weeks into its spring run, Monday’s two-hour The Voice inched up 4 percent to its best performance this year — 13.7 million viewers and a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49. In fact, this matches the fall edition’s finale as the highest-rated Voice of the season. Competition was mixed: CBS comedies were in repeats at 8 p.m., but CBS’ live coverage of NCAA basketball had some big numbers after the repeats. At any rate, The Voice‘s apparent strength is supported by what we saw last week, with its Tuesday edition also rising from the prior week’s premiere.

These ratings with Shakira and Usher in the red chairs must come as a huge relief to NBC. Not only does it help boost the current edition of the show, it also suggests the network’s prime-time performance isn’t wholly dependent upon the cooperation of Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera (because prime-time sure is dependent on The Voice). The show could still plummet, mind you. We’ve seen other many shows defy gravity for a few weeks than suddenly drop, but for now it seems The Voice can function without two of its original stars.

Too bad The Voice‘s rise didn’t do more for Revolution. The apocalyptic drama just went up a tenth of a point at 10 p.m., but it was facing some very strong basketball numbers. Over on Fox, fellow freshman drama The Following ceased its recent dips, while on The CW The Carrie Diaries concluded with a whimper. Full Chart:

ADULT DEMO RANK

ADULTS 18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS (000)

FOX

8-9P

BONES

R

#10

1.1

4,280

9-10P

FOLLOWING-FOX

#7

2.2

6,207

ABC

8-10P

DANCNG STARS

#8

2.0

12,943

10-11P

CASTLE

R

#9

1.3

7,355

CBS

8:00P

2 BROKE-GIRLS

RS

#5

2.7

9,108

8:30P

BIG BANG THEORY

RS

#4

3.3

10,505

9:00P

PRELUDE-NCAA

S

#3

4.4

13,616

930-11P

NCAA BB

S

#1

7.5

20,709

NBC

8-10P

VOICE

#2

4.9

13,673

10-11P

REVOLUTION

#6

2.3

6,317

CW

8-9P

CARRIE DIARIES

#11

0.4

1,070

9-10P

HART-DIXIE

R

#12

0.2

524

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The Voice

A rotating chair-full of judges search for the next great superstar singer on this NBC reality show.

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