‘Little Big Shots’: Did Talented Kids Really Help NBC Score The Highest Ratings In A Decade?

As previously reported by Inquisitr, NBC was more than a little impressed with the fantastic reviews Little Big Shots received, just out of the gate. Hosted by Steve Harvey, the network’s newest offering showcases talented kids of all ages. Not only that, it’s just plain fun to watch!

If you’ve never seen Harvey interact with kids, you really don’t know what you’re missing. He definitely knows how to communicate with even the youngest of guests.

Tonight’s show highlighted a young singer (who also wants to be a cookie baker), a 3-year-old ninja, an adorable little girl (who isn’t a princess), and twin reggae-inspired trumpet players who definitely know how to rock the house, just to name few.

“Sometimes you have a prince, when you don’t even want a prince.”

The Gazette explains to readers that NBC banked on Little Big Shots doing well, right from the beginning. This, of course, has a lot to do with Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres producing the show.

The problem they faced, or at least he thought they faced, was competing with already popular shows, which share the same time slot. NBC’s Network President of Alternative Programming, Paul Telegdy, had this to say about this surprising success of Little Big Shots.

“‘Little Big Shots’ is perfectly on-brand, fitting into their talent show lineup with programs such as ‘The Voice’ and ‘America’s Got Talent,’ which appeal to a major swath of viewers in the heartland.”

He goes on to credit some of the shows initial success on the fact that it aired at a special time, right after The Voice. That gave it a “jump-start,” so to speak. The debut episode attracted almost 15 million viewers.

Sunday night is said to be the perfect time for Little Big Shots to air. Why? The answer is a simple one. It’s the most watched time of the week, which also makes it the perfect venue for family-friendly TV. It gives everyone one last chance to enjoy a little bit of family time, before the start of the work week.

“Some shows come along at the perfect time and perfect place,” Telegdy said. “And ‘Little Big Shots’ is an example of that.”

One of the best things about the show is that it’s not competition-based. No one has to audition and it’s not a competition. Children are chosen, usually by videos which have gone viral on the internet.

Good news! NBC is always on the lookout for talented kids to feature on Little Big Shots. In the event your child is interested,head on over to the NBC website. It’s easy to register. Just be aware you’ll have to upload two videos of your child.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the show, there’s no better time to get started. Pop some popcorn and gather around the TV. You won’t regret it!

On the other hand, if you have watched Little Big Shots, feel free to leave a comment below. From the looks of things, this show is just going to get better and better.

Little Big Shots airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on NBC.

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