It only took two episodes for the big shots at NBC to renew Little Big Shots for a 13-episode second season. The network had had high expectations for the kids talent competition, and it delivered, with highly rated preview behind The Voice and regular-slot premiere.

“I’ve been amazed at how smart and talented these kids are,” said host Steve Harvey, who executive produces the series with Ellen DeGeneres. “They may be small in stature, but they’re giants in what they’re able to do.”

Sunday’s time-slot premiere of Little Big Shots averaged a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.8 million viewers overall in Live+Same Day, making it NBC’s most-watched regularly scheduled Sunday entertainment program since March 2005, excluding post-Super Bowl shows. Its preview airing on March 8 scored 12.8 million viewers in L+SD. The number jumped by 14% to 14.45 million in Live+3. The 1.84M delayed viewers is the biggest L+3 rise for an alternative-series premiere on any network.

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,” said Mike Darnell, President of Warner Bros Unscripted and Alternative Television.

The series features “young talent, from musicians, singers and dancers to a 4-year-old basketball phenom, a 5-year-old reincarnation of Bruce Lee and every form of wunderkind from around the globe.”