It’s official! Simon Cowell will continue to critique more talents beyond America’s Got Talent 2016.
The music mogul inked a new deal that will extend his contract for the NBC talent show for three more seasons or until 2019. He will also continue his role as executive producer of AGT.
The new deal was just a formality of the earlier NBC pronouncement. In August, the network announced that AGT would return for Season 12 with judges Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Nick Cannon is expected to come back as host next year.
NBC Entertainment Alternative and Reality Group president Paul Telegdy said in a statement: “It was terrific to see Simon in his judge’s chair this past season … His brilliance has made America’s Got Talent the industry leader that it is today and his ability to evaluate and spot talent is unmatched, so we couldn’t be happier to have him seated at the judge’s table for the next three years.”
America’s Got Talent 2016 is the first season for Cowell. This also marked his return to U.S. televisions after almost three years of absence. When Cowell left American Idol in 2010, he served as a judge on three seasons of The X Factor before moving back to the U.K.
America’s Got Talent has consistently ranked as the most watched summer TV show for the past 11 years. The NBC show also secured the top spot in adults 18-49 viewers this year. The total 18-49 viewers of Season 12 also recorded the highest in the last three years, Billboard noted. AGT is also the most watched summer show in five years, with 13.5 million viewers.
Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Fremantle Media North America co-produced America’s Got Talent. Syco Entertainment has the global franchises for The X Factor and Got Talent. Cowell’s company manages music artists including One Direction, Little Mix, Fifth Harmony and America’s Got Talent 2016 winner Grace Vanderwall.