UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (CelebrityAccess) — – Simon Cowell, the creator of the “Got Talent” televised talent show franchise, has renewed his multi-year deal with NBC as an executive producer and judge on the hit series “America’s Got Talent.”
Cowell became a judge on “America’s Got Talent” for season 11 in 2016, joining Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Heidi Klum.
“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” has been a runaway hit for broadcaster NBC, 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.
The show has also ranked as the #1 entertainment show of the week for the 18-49 demo and total viewers every week it’s aired an original episode so far this summer, and in “most current” Nielsens, is leading 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.
As well, the show is a hit on digital distribution, 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, NBC said.
Cowell’s renewed deal with NBC will also see him 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 feature past champions and popular performers from past seasons of AGT, as well as from other AGT franchises internationally.