LeBron James Scores With the Wall on NBC

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NBC has ordered 20 more episodes of its new game show hit “The Wall,” executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and his friend Maverick Carter. The show is hosted by Chris Hardwick.

“When we started ‘The Wall’ we wanted to create something that would get families excited and change peoples’ lives. Maverick and I couldn’t be more proud of the show’s early success and we want to keep building on that,” said James, an All-Star forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I want to thank NBC for their partnership, Andrew Glassman for his vision, and all the fans for their support.”

“We’re thrilled that viewers have become as captivated by ‘The Wall’ as we are,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. “We have been in pursuit of a brand new high-stakes game show for a while and are so happy to have developed it with LeBron James. Every time a player releases a green or red ball, the tension is palpable because each drop can affect the contestants life in the most extraordinary way and that makes for great television.”

“A big event, family-friendly game show that can open a night is a wonderful asset joining NBC’s powerhouse reality brands such as ‘The Voice,’ ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘American Ninja Warrior’ and ‘Little Big Shots,’” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Chris Hardwick is masterful as he conducts this high-stakes rollercoaster, and the dramatic ride of the contestants ends with a thrilling decision that pays off differently every time and increases viewership significantly across the hour.”

Following “Better Late Than Never,” “The Wall” marks the second show to launch under the newly formed Universal Television Alternative Studio, which was announced in June.

“The Wall” is also garnering exceptional interest across the globe with top French broadcaster TF1 being the first foreign territory to commission the show and gearing up to produce 40 episodes this spring.

In its first two regular Tuesday telecasts, “The Wall” has averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall, according to “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research, with both telecasts building substantially from half-hour to half-hour in virtually every key ratings category.

“The Wall” also increased its audience from week one to week two (6.8 million to 7.0 million), making its Jan. 10 episode the most-watched telecast of an in-season first-year alternative series on the Big 4 networks, excluding last season’s NBC hit “Little Big Shots,” since March 2013.

With more than $12 million on the line every night, and up to $3 million on a drop at four-stories high, “The Wall” was built for one purpose — to change everyday people’s lives in an instant.

Hosted and executive produced by actor, comedian, author and TV personality Chris Hardwick, “The Wall” offers a pair of deserving teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: Get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the wall and add the value of the slot to the players’ winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball will fall and deduct the value from the team. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize.

However, the towering wall is not easily conquered. Wildly unpredictable, the wall is capable of millions of different outcomes. As the game progresses, the stakes get even higher when one player is sent into an isolation room behind the wall. It is here where the pair’s faith in each other will be tested as the teammates play the remainder of the game without any communication.

A rollercoaster of emotions, the wall gives and the wall takes away. One minute you’re up and the next you’re one bounce away from zero. In this game, you need both the answers and bounces … with millions at stake every night.

“The Wall” is a collaboration between SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media with James, Hardwick, Carter and Andrew Glassman serving as executive producers. “The Wall” was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media and produced in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.