10:56am PT by Rick Porter
Dwayne Johnson's 'Titan Games,' 'AGT Champions' Get January Dates on NBC
NBC has set the unscripted portion of its winter 2019 schedule, setting January dates for returnee Ellen's Game of Games and a pair of newcomers, The Titan Games and America's Got Talent: The Champions.
Executive produced and hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, The Titan Games is an athletic competition in which contestants will take part in "unforgiving head-to-head challenges" designed to push each person to the limit and inspire the audience watching them. It will have a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. ET/PT Jan. 3 (it was initially announced to air on Wednesdays) and air at 8 p.m. Thursdays afterward.
The show comes from Universal Alternative Television Studio, A. Smith & Co. (American Ninja Warrior) and Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions.
AGT: The Champions and Ellen's Game of Games will fill the Monday and Tuesday hours occupied by The Voice in the fall and spring. An offshoot of NBC's summer behemoth, The Champions will bring together some of the best acts from Got Talent competitions around the world to perform in front of AGT judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel. Terry Crews is the host. It premieres Monday, Jan. 7.
Game of Games returns for its second season Tuesday, Jan. 8. The show had a successful run in early 2018, averaging a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers in live plus seven-day figures. It was the top new unscripted series of 2017-18 in the 18-49 demo and tied for fourth among all unscripted shows.
NBC has yet to set dates for its midseason scripted slate, which includes comedies Abby's, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and AP Bio and dramas The Blacklist, The Enemy Within, Good Girls, The InBetween and The Village.
Dec. 18, 10:50 a.m. Updated with new Titan Games premiere information.