The deal, which will see Cowell (pictured) remain in the judge’s seat until 2019, comes after the American broadcaster saw an uptick in viewers of the reality show over the summer. This year, the show ranked number one among all summer series in adults 18-49 -years-old and total viewers, according to NBC. This year’s total-viewer average was 13.5 million, the best ratings since AGT delivered 13.6 million viewers in 2011.
The four will return to the show when season 12 launches in summer 2017. Nick Cannon also returns as host.
Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and reality group for NBC Entertainment, wasn’t shy in his praise for Cowell, whose prodco, Syco Entertainment, is also behind global talent-competition franchises such as The X Factor, which, along with “Got Talent”, is co-produced by FremantleMedia.
“(Cowell’s) brilliance has made ‘AGT’ 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,” said Telegdy in a statement.
The “Got Talent” format officially holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for highest number of adaptations, with the American version airing in 186 countries around the globe.
Cowell is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Ari Emanuel brokered the deal.