In June, the network confirmed that the singing competition had received the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot on Sunday, February 5, 2012. However, NBC did not announce a premiere date for the series at the time.
Today, the network announced that The Voice will return with an hour-long episode following the sporting event. The show will then air a two-hour-long episode the next night from 8pm to 10pm leading into the premiere of the musical series Smash.
"The Super Bowl represents the biggest television audience of the year and we think that the return of The Voice is deserving of this prominent showcase," said NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt. "We also will shine the promotional spotlight throughout Super Bowl Sunday for Monday's debut of Smash which will give it a powerful launch platform."
Last month, The Voice host Carson Daly suggested that the second season of the show will feature more blind audition episodes, claiming that there will be at least four weeks of such footage.
The Voice mentors Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine will all return for the show's second season.