LITTLE BIG SHOTS -- Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Harvey, Ryusei Imai -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

LITTLE BIG SHOTS — Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Steve Harvey, Ryusei Imai

*NBC’s new Steve Harvey-hosted talent series “Little Big Shots” had a strong opening in its preview Tuesday night, holding nearly all of its lead-in from “The Voice” and destroying ABC’s premiere of “Of Kings and Prophets,” according to Variety.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Little Big Shots” averaged 12.7 million viewers overall in the 10 p.m. hour, giving NBC its best showing in the time period since the Dec. 15 finale of “The Voice.”

Also executive produced by Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres, “Big Shots” retained 94% of “The Voice” in 18-49 and 100% in 18-34. It won the timeslot among the broadcast networks by 6 shares in adults 18-49, by 7 shares in adults 25-54 and by about 7.3 million total viewers.

Also, Tuesday’s preview of “Little Big Shots” scored the highest-rated opening episode of an alternative series in 18-49 since Fox’s “The X-Factor” in September 2011. Among all series premieres for the 2015-16 season (and excluding Fox’s reboot of “The X-Files”), “Big Shots” ties with ABC’s “The Muppets” for the No. 3-rated program in 18-49, behind only NBC’s “Blindspot” and CBS’ “Supergirl”, and it’s No. 2 in total viewers (behind only CBS’ “Supergirl” with 12.95 million).