America’s Got Talent is bringing all four of its judges back for Season 12 — Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — as well as host Nick Cannon. NBC announced the news during its exec session this morning at TCA.
The show continues to pull strong ratings and remains the No. 1 broadcast series this summer.
Cowell, who created the Got Talent format in the U.K., will be returning for his second season. Mel B and Klum will be back for their fifth season and Mandel returning 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 of Alternative and Reality Group at 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 AGT 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 No. 1 among entertainment shows on the broadcast networks every week so far this summer in both 18-49 and total viewers, according to NBC and Nielsen.
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.