JUDGES SIMON COWELL, MEL B, HEIDI KLUM, HOWIE MANDEL AND HOST NICK CANNON SET TO RETURN FOR SEASON 12 OF "AMERICA'S GOT TALENT"
So Far This Summer, "Talent" Ranks #1 Among Broadcast Series in 18-49 and Total Viewers, Delivering Its Most Watched Season in Five Years
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Aug. 2, 2016 - Continuing its momentum of being the #1 broadcast series this summer, as well as drawing more viewers this season than over the last five, NBC's "America's Got Talent" is renewing all four of its judges for season 12 - Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - as well as host Nick Cannon.
Cowell, who created the "Got Talent" format in the U.K., will be returning for his second season. Mel B and Klum will each return for their fifth season, with Mandel back for his eighth. It will be the ninth season for Cannon.
"With the addition of Simon, the chemistry between our judges has grown even stronger and it's easy to see how much enthusiasm they bring to the show night after night," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Nick adds a boundless energy as host that ties everything together. We're thrilled to have such a strong team returning for season 12."
Summer to date, "America's Got Talent" is averaging a 3.0 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition. The Tuesday "Talent" is maintaining 100% of its year-ago rating in 18-49 and is up +9% in total viewers, making this its most-watched season in five years. "Talent" has ranked #1 among entertainment shows on the broadcast networks every week so far this summer in both 18-49 and total viewers.
The "Got Talent" format, co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format. The show can be seen in 190 markets worldwide with more than 500 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006. "Britain's Got Talent" is the U.K.'s highest rated entertainment show of the century and in 2009, discovered the global singing sensation, Susan Boyle, who has sold 19 million records to date.
"America's Got Talent" is co-produced and co-owned by Simon Cowell/Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.
About Syco Entertainment
Syco Entertainment, a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music, is one of the world's leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the most successful global TV and music franchises and is the world's most successful producer of international talent. Syco Music was named the UK's number 1 record label for both A&R and sales in 2014 and is home to international best-selling artists who have sold more than 300 million records to date. Syco is the record label home to Labrinth, One Direction, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, IL Divo, Fifth Harmony, and Ella Henderson amongst others. Syco's television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent. Around the world, The X Factor airs in 168 countries and is watched by more than a half billion people. The Got Talent format officially holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for highest number of adaptations, making it the "World's Most Successful Reality TV Format." America's Got Talent airs in 186 countries around the globe and has been the #1 US summer reality series for the past decade. Syco Film have recently partnered with Animal Logic (The Lego Movie, Happy Feet) to produce a number of music-based live action-hybrid animated movies.
About FremantleMedia North America
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is a premier content studio. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Random House Studio, Original Productions and 495 Productions, create entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and digital partners. Its diverse, critically-acclaimed and award-winning slate includes America's Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let's Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Jay Leno's Garage (CNBC) Married to Medicine (Bravo), Blue Collar Millionaires (CNBC), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), Celebrity Name Game (SYN), To Tell The Truth (ABC), Match Game (ABC), Hollyweed (Independent) and American Gods (STARZ), among others. FMNA also operates BUZZR, a retro game show channel that launched in 2015, and is available in the top 10 U.S. markets, and 65 percent of the country.
FMNA is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia's comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit ourFacebook page.MEDIA