NBC is adding something new to the lineup this winter, the network is teaming-up with Simon Cowell to bring back former fan-favorites from “America’s Got Talent” to battle against one another in “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”. The special event will premiere during the 2018-19 winter schedule. The show was announced today by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.
Over the summer, “America’s Got Talent” averaged 16M viewers overall in “live plus seven day” averages for original Tuesday telecasts, this according to Nielsen Media Research. That made it “Talent’s” most-watched season ever, not bad considering that the show was in its 12th year. NBC is hoping to do the same in the winter, and it’s hoping the all-star format will attract more viewers. The previous special was the top summer show in 2017, and served as a lead-in for “World of Dance,” which was just renewed for a third season.
The “Got Talent” format, created by Simon Cowell and co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format of all time, airing in 184 countries and having been commissioned in 70 territories globally. More than 500 million people watch “Got Talent” around the world every year. “Britain’s Got Talent” holds the record as the U.K.’s most-watched show of this century and discovered global singing sensational Susan Boyle, who has sold 23 million records to date.
“America’s Got Talent” was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.
“‘America’s Got Talent’ dominates the summer by bringing together The World’s Best ‘Got Talent’ acts for all ages with unique talents to the forefront,” said Telegdy. “Bringing the best ‘Got Talent’ competitors together for this winter edition will have these favorites elevating their acts to awe and inspire audiences like never before.”
“I have always wanted to have a competition show for the very best of the best ‘Got Talent’ acts from around the world,” Cowell said. “The variety and the talents of the acts who enter ‘Got Talent’ globally are incredible and unbelievable. Since ‘America’s Got Talent’ was where it all started, I’m absolutely delighted to be launching this on NBC.”
“For more than a decade, the ‘Got Talent’ format has been the world’s foremost platform for discovering the most entertaining and innovative acts,” said Jennifer Mullin, CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “‘AGT: The Champions’ will be a true celebration of culture and diversity.”
The upcoming 13th season of the summertime edition of “America’s Got Talent” will launch Tuesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” 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 184 countries, will come to share their talents and compete against one other.