NBC has decided that the third season of The Voice -- which just premiered its second season to big ratings last week -- will air this coming fall instead of early 2013, TheWrap reported Thursday.
The move would mean that The Voice will go from airing at the same time of year as Fox's American Idol, which has still slightly edged out The Voice's regularly scheduled Monday episodes in the weekly TV ratings the last two weeks, to airing at the same time of year as The X Factor, which delivered solid but less than smash-hit ratings when its first season aired on Fox last fall.
All four The Voice coaches -- Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton -- have reportedly agreed to return for the third season when it airs in the fall.
According to TheWrap, Levine had been holding out because of scheduling conflicts related to airing The Voice's third season in the fall, as he and his Maroon 5 bandmates had previously planned to release a new album and embark on a concert tour during the fall timeframe.
However, Levine Green, and Shelton have now reportedly all agreed to deals that will pay them each $6 million -- about double their current pay -- to return for The Voice's third season while Aguilera had already previously agreed to return for $10 million.
NBC is expected to announce The Voice's third-season scheduling move and the coaches' return within a couple of weeks, TheWrap reported.