‘America’s Got Talent’ Renewed for Season 12 at NBC, Judges Set to Return

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- "Live Show 1" Episode: 1112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

NBC’s America’s Got Talent is bringing back all four judges next season.

Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and host Nick Cannon are set to return to the reality series for Season 12 next summer, it was announced today during NBC’s executive session at TCA.

American’s Got Talent is the #1 broadcast series this summer in 18-49 and total viewers, delivering its most-watched season in five years.

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 as host.

“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.

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