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Drop the Mic is an American musical reality competition television series that premiered on October 24, 2017, airing on TBS for its first two seasons before moving to TNT for its third season on January 23, 2019. The show is based on a recurring segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Drop the Mic
GenreReality competition
Created by
Presented by
Composer(s)
Joshua Silverstein
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes31 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Television Studios
Release
Original networkTBS (seasons 1–2)
TNT (season 3)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 24, 2017 (2017-10-24) –
present (present)
External links
Website

OverviewEdit

The show is a spin-off of a segment first introduced on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The series was announced on August 11, 2016 with a 2017 premiere. It was also announced that Corden would not be involved in an on-camera capacity, and a host would be announced at a later date. Corden serves as executive producer with his CBS late-night partner Ben Winston and Jensen Karp.[1]

Drop the Mic debuted on American cable network TBS on October 24, 2017. It is hosted by rapper and actor Method Man and model and television personality Hailey Bieber, with Joshua Silverstein providing original beats for each rap battle, while writers from The Late Late Show provide the lyrics.

On January 11, 2018, the show was renewed for a second season to premiere on April 15.[2]

On December 20, 2018, it was announced on its Twitter account that the series would be moving to TBS' sister network TNT on January 23, 2019.[3] TBS would continue to air the series in reruns the following night.[4]

On February 21, 2019, TNT announced that an upcoming episode featuring Empire star Jussie Smollett would be pulled from the current season and put on hold following Smollett's arrest. The episode also featured Danielle Brooks, Clay Aiken and Ian Ziering.[5]

SeasonsEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
111October 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)
210April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)June 17, 2018 (2018-06-17)
310January 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)March 27, 2019 (2019-03-27)

EpisodesEdit

Note: Winners are listed in bold

Season 1 (2017–18)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions) [6]
11"Halle Berry vs. James Corden / Anthony Anderson vs. Usher"October 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)0.96
Talk show host James Corden takes on actor Halle Berry; singer Usher faces actor Anthony Anderson in a lyrical duel.
22"James Van Der Beek vs. Randall Park / Gina Rodriguez vs. Rob Gronkowski"October 31, 2017 (2017-10-31)0.63
Dawson's Creek heartthrob James Van Der Beek throws shade at Fresh Off the Boat's Randall Park; NFL tight end and Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski finds out actor Gina Rodriguez might just be a problem he can't tackle.
33"Niecy Nash vs. Cedric the Entertainer / Liam Payne vs. Jason Derulo"November 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)0.70
Actor Niecy Nash (Claws) faces Cedric the Entertainer; music industry giants Jason Derulo and One Direction's Liam Payne rap battle.
44"Tony Hale vs. Timothy Simons / Rascal Flatts vs. Boyz II Men"November 14, 2017 (2017-11-14)0.72
Veep co-stars Tony Hale and Timothy Simons face off in a very personal verbal competition; Boyz II Men clashes with Rascal Flatts in the rap battle never before possible.
55"Nicole Scherzinger vs. Lil Rel Howery / Charlie Puth vs. Backstreet Boys"November 21, 2017 (2017-11-21)0.53
TV host and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger spits hot fire against Get Out funnyman Lil Rel Howery; an unprecedented 5-on-1 takes place when singer Charlie Puth takes on every single member of the Backstreet Boys.
66"Vanessa Hudgens vs. Michael Bennett / James Corden vs. Nicole Richie"November 28, 2017 (2017-11-28)0.78
NFL superstar Michael Bennett meets his microphone match with Vanessa Hudgens, while talk show host James Corden faces off against fashionista Nicole Richie in a night of unforgettable rap battles.
77"Mayim Bialik vs. Kunal Nayyar / Ashley Tisdale vs. Nick Lachey"December 5, 2017 (2017-12-05)0.72
A Big Bang Theory rap battle has co-stars Mayim Bialik and Kunal Nayyar go rhyme for rhyme; High School Musical princess Ashley Tisdale challenges singer Nick Lachey.
88"Wayne Brady vs. Jake Owen / Kenny G vs. Richard Marx"December 12, 2017 (2017-12-12)0.62
Wayne Brady, known for being quick on his feet, takes on country singer Jake Owen; Kenny G and Richard Marx engage in a rap battle.
99"David Arquette vs. Brian Tyree Henry / Jesse Tyler Ferguson vs. Chrissy Metz"December 19, 2017 (2017-12-19)0.61
Actor David Arquette puts his rap skills to the test against Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta); Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) raps for the first time in a battle against Chrissy Metz (This Is Us).
1010"Pentatonix vs. Bell Biv DeVoe / Padma Lakshmi vs. Randy Jackson"December 26, 2017 (2017-12-26)0.81
Grammy winners Pentatonix lyrically battle '90s pioneers Bell Biv Devoe; Top Chef Padma Lakshmi and American Idol's Randy Jackson see which host has the hottest bars.
1111"Danielle Fishel vs. Jonathan Lipnicki / Shania Twain vs. Meghan Trainor"January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)0.99
Finding the true '90s American Sweetheart when Boy Meets World girl next door Danielle Fishel faces Jonathan Lipnicki of Jerry Maguire; legend Shania Twain and emerging pop star Meghan Trainor engage in a battle of divas.

Season 2 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions) [6]
121"Shaquille O'Neal vs. Ken Jeong / Jerry Springer vs. Ricki Lake"April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)0.78
A David and Goliath match as Shaquille O' Neal trades barbs with comic Ken Jeong; seeing which talk show host can really work the mic when Ricki Lake goes head-to-head with Jerry Springer.
132"Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Shawn Mendes / Molly Ringwald vs. Jon Cryer"April 22, 2018 (2018-04-22)0.64
Pop sensation Shawn Mendes tries to stop the forward progress of football star Odell Beckham Jr. when it comes to lyrical warfare; when Pretty in Pink co-stars Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer spit Brat Pack bars to see who will reign supreme.
143"Seth Rogen vs. Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Terry Crews vs. Luis Fonsi"April 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)0.68
Two pals put their friendship on the line when Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt take it too far in a rap battle; funnyman Terry Crews squares up on the internet's most watched musician, Despacito singer Luis Fonsi.
154"Marlon Wayans vs. Jay Pharoah / Lindsey Vonn vs. Gus Kenworthy"May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)0.60
Marlon Wayans battles Jay Pharoah in a war that cannot be erased; an All-American showdown between Lindsey Vonn and Gus Kenworthy will leave only one rapper on the slopes.
165"Darren Criss vs. Gaten Matarazzo / Chandler Riggs vs. Chad Coleman"May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)0.57
The cuteness is undeniable when American Crime Story star Darren Criss faces Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo; two former The Walking Dead stars, Chandler Riggs and Chad Coleman, rise from the ashes to spar.
176"Taye Diggs vs. Karrueche Tran / Jodie Sweetin vs. Mark McGrath"May 20, 2018 (2018-05-20)0.50
Taye Diggs and Karrueche Tran will spill all the tea when they go head-to-head; singer Mark McGrath tries to catch Jodie Sweetin slipping, but may just be shocked at the talent she's been hiding.
187"Hanson vs. Sam Richardson / Shaggy vs. Matthew Lillard"May 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)0.40
The lovable brothers of Hanson enter the savage battlegrounds to face Veep's hilarious Sam Richardson; Scooby-Doo alum, and current voice of Shaggy Rogers, Matthew Lillard is the underdog when paired against musician Shaggy.
198"Michael K. Williams vs. Trevor Jackson / James Corden vs. Dr. Phil McGraw"June 3, 2018 (2018-06-03)0.53
Michael K. Williams battles Trevor Jackson; James Corden puts his losing streak on the line against a man whose name is synonymous with rap battles: Dr. Phil.
209"WWE Superstars vs. GLOW / Laila Ali vs. Chris Jericho"June 10, 2018 (2018-06-10)0.64
WWE Superstars Nikki & Brie Bella, Alicia Fox and Carmella face the stars of GLOW Kate Nash, Jackie Tohn, Britney Young & Sunita Mani; Chris Jericho has his hands full with an undefeated knockout queen, Laila Ali.
2110"Luis Guzmán vs. Gabriel Iglesias / Tove Lo vs. Charli XCX"June 17, 2018 (2018-06-17)0.58
Actor Luis Guzmán competes against funnyman Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias; Charli XCX and Tove Lo jeopardize their friendship by facing each other.

Season 3 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions) [6]
221"Taran Killam vs. Rob Riggle / Boy George vs. Laverne Cox"January 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)0.36[7]
232"Kermit the Frog & Pepé vs. Miss Piggy & Beaker / Daniel Dae Kim vs. Josh Holloway vs. Harold Perrineau"January 30, 2019 (2019-01-30)0.39[8]
243"Kat Graham vs Shameik Moore / Nikki Glaser vs. Brad Williams"February 6, 2019 (2019-02-06)0.30[9]
The Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham takes a bite out of Shameik Moore; a standup standoff when two comedy giants, Nikki Glaser and Brad Williams.
254"Lonzo Ball vs. T-Pain / Kevin Smith vs. Jason Mewes"February 13, 2019 (2019-02-13)0.42[10]
265"Mike Colter vs. Ne-Yo / Christina Milian vs. Ashlee Simpson"February 20, 2019 (2019-02-20)0.32[11]
276"Jack Osbourne vs. Kelly Osbourne / Mel B vs. La La Anthony"February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)0.48[12]
287"Ron Funches vs. Raven-Symoné / Joey Fatone vs. Joey McIntyre"March 6, 2019 (2019-03-06)0.39[13]
Funnyman Ron Funches spits hot fire against Raven-Symoné, who may look harmless, but is a beast with the microphone. Then it's a battle of boy band legends with N*Sync's Joey Fatone and NKOTB's Joey McIntrye pushing their friendship aside to go one-on-one in our ring of rhymes.
298"Jason Mitchell vs. Adina Porter / David Faustino vs. Joey Lawrence"March 13, 2019 (2019-03-13)0.33[14]
Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) channels Eazy-E against Adina Porter (American Horror Story) and 90's TV teens David Faustino (Married... with Children) and Joey Lawrence (Blossom) battle it out.
309"Mark Cuban vs. Rusev & Lana / The New Day vs. SWV"March 20, 2019 (2019-03-20)N/A
Wrestling superstars Rusev and Lana hunt shark Mark Cuban to see who's the baddest beast. Then tag team champs The New Day jump in the ring with iconic soul singers SWV in a no-holds-barred grudge match.
3110"Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr. and Becca Tobin vs. Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz and Heather Morris / Jason Biggs vs. Eddie Kaye Thomas"March 27, 2019 (2019-03-27)0.33[15]
Glee stars Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr. and Becca Tobin battle former castmates Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz and Heather Morris; American Pie stars Jason Biggs and Eddie Kaye Thomas battle on the mic.

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

Season 1 (2017–18)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Halle Berry vs. James Corden / Anthony Anderson vs. Usher" October 24, 2017 0.42 0.955[6]
2 "James Van Der Beek vs. Randall Park / Gina Rodriguez vs. Rob Gronkowski" October 31, 2017 0.30 0.634[6]
3 "Niecy Nash vs. Cedric the Entertainer / Liam Payne vs. Jason Derulo" November 7, 2017 0.30 0.700[6]
4 "Tony Hale vs. Timothy Simons / Rascal Flatts vs. Boyz II Men" November 14, 2017 0.30 0.718[6]
5 "Nicole Scherzinger vs. Lil Rel Howery / Charlie Puth vs. Backstreet Boys" November 21, 2017 0.24 0.532[6]
6 "Vanessa Hudgens vs. Michael Bennett / James Corden vs. Nicole Richie" November 28, 2017 0.36 0.784[6]
7 "Mayim Bialik vs. Kunal Nayyar / Ashley Tisdale vs. Nick Lachey" December 5, 2017 0.35 0.718[6]
8 "Wayne Brady vs. Jake Owen / Kenny G vs. Richard Marx" December 12, 2017 0.30 0.620[6]
9 "David Arquette vs. Brian Tyree Henry / Jesse Tyler Ferguson vs. Chrissy Metz" December 19, 2017 0.26 0.605[6]
10 "Pentatonix vs. Bell Biv DeVoe / Padma Lakshmi vs. Randy Jackson" December 26, 2017 0.34 0.811[6]
11 "Danielle Fishel vs. Jonathan Lipnicki / Shania Twain vs. Meghan Trainor" January 9, 2018 0.34 0.994[6]

Season 2 (2018)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Shaquille O'Neal vs. Ken Jeong / Jerry Springer vs. Ricki Lake" April 15, 2018 0.33 0.779[6]
2 "Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Shawn Mendes / Molly Ringwald vs. Jon Cryer" April 22, 2018 0.23 0.643[6]
3 "Seth Rogen vs. Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Terry Crews vs. Luis Fonsi" April 29, 2018 0.28 0.684[6]
4 "Marlon Wayans vs. Jay Pharoah / Lindsey Vonn vs. Gus Kenworthy" May 6, 2018 0.25 0.598[6]
5 "Darren Criss vs. Gaten Matarazzo / Chandler Riggs vs. Chad Coleman" May 13, 2018 0.23 0.574[6]
6 "Taye Diggs vs. Karrueche Tran / Jodie Sweetin vs. Mark McGrath" May 20, 2018 0.20 0.498[6]
7 "Hanson vs. Sam Richardson / Shaggy vs. Matthew Lillard" May 27, 2018 0.15 0.400[6]
8 "Michael K. Williams vs. Trevor Jackson / James Corden vs. Dr. Phil McGraw" June 3, 2018 0.19 0.527[6]
9 "WWE Superstars vs. GLOW / Laila Ali vs. Chris Jericho" June 10, 2018 0.27 0.638[6]
10 "Luis Guzmán vs. Gabriel Iglesias / Tove Lo vs. Charli XCX" June 17, 2018 0.25 0.578[6]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Personality Hailey Bieber Nominated

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (11 August 2016). "James Corden's 'Drop the Mic' segment becomes a series at TBS". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com.
  2. ^ Petski, Denise (11 January 2018). "'Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild' & 'Drop The Mic' Renewed For Second Seasons By TBS". Deadline.com.
  3. ^ Drop the Mic on TNT [@DroptheMicTNT] (December 20, 2018). "When stars go head-to-head, the battles are lethal. Get excited, because new episodes of #DropTheMic are coming soon to @TNTDrama! 🎤🎉" (Tweet). Retrieved December 29, 2018 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (10 January 2018). "'Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild' & 'Drop The Mic' Move To TNT, Will Encore On TBS". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ Schneider, Michael (February 21, 2019). "Jussie Smollett Episode of TNT's 'Drop the Mic' Pulled in Wake of Scandal". Variety.com. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Bunch, Rebecca (June 20, 2018). "Drop the Mic - Seasons 1 & 2 Ratings". The TV Ratings Guide. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
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