Simon Cowell has renewed his multi-year deal with NBC as a judge on the hit series “America’s Got Talent,” Cowell will also 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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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 one of summer’s biggest hits, once again, 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. “America’s Got Talent” is also the top Social Reality TV Series of the summer and the top 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.”
“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.