Saying the powers that be are pleased about all of the buzz surrounding NBC’s newest offering, Little Big Shots, is an understatement. The show, which debuted on Tuesday, is TV’s highest rated premiere in years. Yes, years!
According to Variety, Tuesday’s preview is the highest-rated premiere episode, of an alternative series, since the The X-Factor in 2011. Quite an accomplishment, to say the least!
In terms of actual viewers, Little Big Shots beat out the previous contender, The Marriage Ref, which received almost 14.5 million views, when it premiered after the 2010 Winter Olympics coverage.
The show moves to its regular spot, 8 p.m. on Sunday, starting this weekend. Although it isn’t expected to do as well as the first episode, expectations remain high.
In case you missed Little Big Shots, the following video gives you a good idea of some of the fun and talent in store. Take a few minutes and watch it until the very end. Chances are, you won’t regret it!
The little girl in the video is 7-year-old Johanna Colon. ABC News recently referred to her as a “mini Aretha Franklin.” In a note to the station, Ms. Franklin had this to say about young Johanna.
“Johanna Colón is too cute! A friend of mine sent it [the video] to me. I thought I had those moves covered, but Johanna is serious! LOL. I’m going to have to rethink my choreography!”
The ABC article goes on to explain Miss Colon has been dancing since the age of two. She gives credit to her dance teacher and two of her besties, in regard to helping her perfect her moves.
When she’s not letting loose on the dance floor, or posting on her Facebook fan page, Johanna loves to spend time helping to care for her brother.
Ellen DeGeneres, and host Steve Harvey teamed up to produce Little Big Shots. Ozzy Mora of 12News in Phoenix recently spoke with Harvey about the show. This is what he had to say about the family-friendly production.
“It’s been a long time since a show has come on that everybody in the family can sit down and watch. We find them on the internet, you know. People send us tapes — it’s some interesting stuff, if you scout the internet there’s some fabulous kids.”
Harvey also mentioned he’ll do his best not to “pull a Miss Universe” on the viewers.
KSN News reports the first guest on the show was a young man from Derby, Kansas. Titus Ashby possesses the amazing talent of seamlessly making trick basketball shots, one after another, which he pulled off while standing on a platform high above the stage.
His family proudly watched him from the audience, as Titus told Harvey about his YouTube video receiving up to 100 million views.
— Little Big Shots (@NBCLilBigShots) March 11, 2016
NBC is still looking for talented kids to feature on the show. According to the website, children between ages of 3 and 14 are encouraged to register. It’s important to keep in mind that Little Big Shots showcases talent. It’s not a game show or a competition of any kind.
In the event your child is interested, you’ll be asked to upload both an introduction video and an audition video as well in answer a few basic questions. It’s as simple as that!
NBC’s Little Big Shots airs Sunday at 8 p.m.
[Photo courtesy of 2015 NBCUniversal Media, LLC]