'Rising Star' Debuts to Solid Ratings in Season Two Premiere

Rising Star Israeli Version Season 2 2014
Courtesy of Keshet

The original Israeli version of the interactive singing show is still delivering the goods

The original, Israeli version of interactive singing show Rising Star kicked off its second season with solid, if not spectacular, ratings.

The second season of Rising Star, produced by local shingle Keshet, delivered a still-impressive 30.5 percent rating with an average 42 percent household share on its debut Tuesday night. That compares to 32.6 percent and a 44.7 percent share for all individuals for the first show of season one in September 2013. Figures for all individuals watching the first show of the second season are not yet available, making a direct comparison impossible at this time. 

The ratings result was still more than enough to easily win the timeslot for Keshet.

Rising Star has had a harder time internationally. The format was last year's hottest selling reality TV format and was sold to dozens of major territories off of its stellar local performance and the show's concept of live viewing voting.

But the global reception has been mixed. ABC's version, featuring host Josh Groban and experts Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludcaris, got off to a soft start with 1.5 share/5 million viewers in the key 18-49 adult demo and ended with a whimper on a 0.9 share and 3.2 million viewers. British network ITV dropped plans for a U.K. version of the show, citing the poor U.S. ratings. German and French networks shortened their local editions after weaker-than-expected numbers.

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Elsewhere, Rising Star has fared better. Portugal’s TVI, Hungary’s TV2 and Brazil’s Globo all had successful starts for their local versions of the show. Globo has renewed Rising Star for a second season. The show is also performing well on China's CCTV and on RCTI in Indonesia, with ratings climbing over the length of the season. The two local versions, both currently in the final weeks of competition, have shown consistent growth, improving +137% in Indonesia, and +29% in China, respectively.

Keshet has had other problems to deal with on the home front. The cross-border conflict between the Israeli military and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which exploded in all-out battle this summer, coincided with pre-production for season 2 of Rising Star. According to sources, the disruption cost Keshet more than $13 million in losses and forced the company to pre-tape audition episodes for the new Rising Star season in an effort to save on the costly demand of an entirely live-show season.

The winner this season's show will be Israel's official entry in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's most watched non-sporting event, which will be held May 23 in Vienna, Austria.