Ratings of 'Little Big Shots: Forever Young' and Other Summer Premieres
New spin-off launched, along with a revival of classic variety show and brand new singing format. Here are the most recent format news and ratings:
Following the success of 'Little Big Shots', NBC launched a spin-off of the talent franchise. 'Little Big Shots: Forever Young', that showcases talent of senior people, launched on Wednesday, June 21, as an 8PM opener with 1.0 rating in the 18-49 target group and got a total of 7.4 million viewers according to Nielsen live+SD data. That's a "solid debut" according to Variety, considering winning the night. However, 'Little Big Shots: Forever Young' is far from 'Little Big Shots' premiere in March 2016, which achieved 2.8 rating in 18-49 and started a successful global sales of the Warner Bros. format.
In comparison, season finale of 'Little Big Shots' had a 1.1 rating (18-49) in the same slot a week ago.
Another new prime time project with Steve Harvey, ABC's Sunday 9PM inventors show 'Funderdome', has averaged 1.3 and 1.0 ratings in 18-49 in first two weeks - less than its lead-in 'Celebrity Family Feud' at 8PM but similar to it's lead-out '$100,000 Pyramid' at 10PM.
On Thursday, June 22 (8-10PM), ABC launched brand new show 'Boy Band', followed by a revival of the variety show classic 'The Gong Show'. New singing talent show averaged less than desired 0.7 rating in 18-49, putting ABC to 3rd-4th position during the night. NBC’s unscripted line-up with 'Hollywood Game Night' (0.9) and 'The Wall' (1.0), as well as Fox’s combo 'Beat Shazam' (1.0) and 'Love Connection' (0.9) performed better.
'The Gong Show' won the 10PM slot with 0.9 rating in the demo, an "OK premiere" according to TV by the numbers. Read the review of The Gong Show by The Hollywood Reporter.
New season of 'American Ninja Warrior' performs well on NBC with 1.4 rating with the season launch and 1.5 in week 2 on Mondays 8-10PM. Monday competitor So You Think You Can Dance on Fox had 0.9 in both weeks.
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Upcoming premieres and format highlights:
- New season of 'Big Brother' premieres June 28 on CBS
- ABC revives the '70s and '80s television classic as 'Battle of the Network Stars' returns Thursday, June 29. In this show, "teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres are put against one another in a variety of athletic games"
- CBS launches 'Candy Crush', a new live action game show based on the mobile game, on Sunday, July 9