Ellen DeGeneres-produced series hosted by Steve Harvey gets early pickup after just two episodes
It only took two episodes of “Little Big Shots” for NBC to declare it a winner.
“We are both very excited because it got off to a great start, it’s getting really, really lovely ratings … it’s a family show so everyone can watch with their kids and we just found out today that it got picked up for another 13 episodes,” Ellen DeGeneres said.
Harvey is a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday, and in a preview clip of the visit, he gushes to Ellen about how much fun he’s having working with the future child stars.
“I like so many of the kids, man. I love kids because they just honest and they don’t have publicists yet, so they don’t know,” he said.
The instant hit series showcases young performers including musicians, singers and dancers. Host Harvey goes “toe-to-toe with them in conversations and interviews, with hilarious results,” according to the NBC description.
“From pint-size break dancers to five-year-old piano virtuosos, these gifted performers will awe the nation with their talents, slay us with their cuteness and wow us with their accomplishments, proving once and for all that talent is born, not made.”
The series scored a 2.8 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic Sunday night, and hauled in 14.8 million viewers overall. Last Tuesday, the series debut aired at 10 p.m., following two hours of the hit singing competition. Then, it grabbed a 2.9/10 and 12.7 million total viewers.
“Congrats to both Steve and Ellen for bringing these adorable kids to our attention and watching them flourish,” Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late-night programming, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited about ordering a second season and having a national audience admire the remarkable feats of these exceptional children.
“‘Little Big Shots’ is that rare show that starts out as a good idea and then, somewhere along the way, turns into a bit of magic,” he continued. “The incredible combination of Steve Harvey, Ellen DeGeneres and amazing kids is irresistible — fun, funny, and insanely family-friendly. I am incredibly proud of this production, and it’s nice to see that the right alternative concept at the right time can still attract a huge audience.”
“Little Big Shots” airs Sundays on NBC at 8/7c.