People love Steve Harvey, whether he’s on his syndicated talk show or making clever quips and jibes on Family Feud. Which is why it’s easy to see how NBC already made a call on his brand new gifted kids variety series Little Big Shots. NBC has already decided that Little Big Shots will be back for Season 2.
The renewal might seem a bit obvious, but it is still impressive, considering NBC just started airing on March 8. Little Big Shots didn’t even land in its regular timeslot until this week, after which NBC made the call to bring the series back for the 2016-2017 TV season. Little Big Shots not only has Steve Harvey to its name as host and executive producer, it also claims Ellen DeGeneres as an executive producer. The first episode averaged a 2.9 rating according to NBC; that's a really good number for a TV program these days.
Steve Harvey has brought his signature humor to the series, although he’s less racy than he can be on Family Feud, thanks to the younger audience. The talented kids aren’t all necessarily talkers, and he manages to keep things interesting between the little geniuses. Here’s how he recently handled "Baby Bach."
The news comes just a few months after NBC cancelled its other fall variety series Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. That show was decently-liked but never attracted a huge audience. Obviously, Little Big Shots is a totally different case. Throw in Steve Harvey and a gimmick involving kids and it’s easy to see why this one may have a longer shelf life than the other variety show deal.
Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey have also had up and down years. The former recently produced a game show that was shot in full and then cancelled before it even made it to the air. The latter was in the middle of the Miss Universe debacle at the end of last year. Luckily, it seems the two producers have come out on the other side of those issues with Little Big Shots, which has been an instant success. We’ll just have to wait and see if the show is more of a gimmick or will continue to bring in large audiences for the rest of this season and Season 2.
New episodes of Little Big Shots air on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET, only on NBC. In addition, here’s what else the networks have coming up.