Simon Cowell renews as judge on AGT

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Simon Cowell, the creator of the global Got Talent franchise, the biggest TV format in history and whose opinion on any act can have enormous impact, has renewed his multi-year deal with NBC as a judge on the juggernaut hit series America’s Got Talent.

 

He’ll remain an executive producer on the series.

Cowell became a judge on America’s Got Talent for season 11 in 2016, joining Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum. His influence on the judges’ table is profound and can shape global careers.

“Few people have impacted the world of entertainment as significantly as Simon Cowell,” said Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America President of Entertainment Programming. “He knows what it takes to find and nurture talent, and he knows how to entertain an audience, creating enduring and much-loved formats. We look forward to continuing our creative partnership.”

“Simon Cowell is an extraordinary showman whose success stories over the years on multiple continents speak for themselves,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We are thrilled that he will continue as a judge on America’s Got Talent and that his stewardship of the franchise will go forward for many years to come.”

“I want to thank NBC for their continued passion and belief for America’s Got Talent over the past few years,” Cowell said. “Without NBC, we wouldn’t be making Got Talent and I’m very proud to work with them. Together, with a fantastic production team, we have been able to attract the best talent in the world. I’m very excited for the next few years.”

America’s Got Talent is once again dominating the summer television landscape, averaging a 3.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.6 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” results from Nielsen Media Research. In “live plus same day” averages, AGT has ranked as the #1 entertainment show of the week in 18-49 and total viewers every week it’s aired an original episode so far this summer, and in “most current” Nielsens, is towering over all other summer programming, holding advantages of +40% in adult 18-49 rating and more than +5.2 million persons or +60% over the #2 shows on those respective summer rankers.

Furthermore, as cited by Nielsen Social Content Ratings, America’s Got Talent is the #1 Social Reality TV Series of the summer and the #1 Social Tuesday broadcast TV program of the summer, with over 1.5 billion video views total for season 13 so far. Global online audiences have spent 6.6 trillion hours watching Got Talent clips from its shows around the world.

Cowell will also serve as a judge and executive producer on America’s Got Talent: The Champions, which will launch this winter and air on Mondays between seasons of The Voice.

The series will bring together the most talented, memorable, wackiest and all-around favorites from past seasons of AGT for the ultimate display of talent. Additionally, some of the most popular acts from the other global Got Talent franchises, spanning 194 territories, will come to share their talents and compete against one other.

America’s Got Talent Season 12 winner Darci Lynne Farmer received the most votes ever for a finale show in AGT history and won viewers over with her incredible performances alongside her puppets Oscar and Petunia. Season 12 also set massive records across digital platforms, garnering more than 2.6 billion views on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter combined. With her AGT win in hand, Farmer is currently touring around the country.

Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal released her first EP, Perfectly Imperfect, in 2016, which became the highest-selling EP of that year. Her Got Talent audition video was one of the top trending videos of that year and currently has more than 135 million views.

Past AGT highlights include first-ever magician winner Mat Franco, who in 2014 went on to headline the “America’s Got Talent Live” stage show as well as the “Magic Reinvented Nightly” stage show — both held in Las Vegas. Another fan favorite was the season seven winner Olate Dogs in 2012. Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas, this high-energy, fast-paced dog act was an audience favorite filled with unbelievable pet tricks.

America’s Got Talent and Got Talent was created and is co-owned by Cowell and Syco’s co-producers FremantleMedia North America. Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

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