Return Engagements for 'Talent,' 'Comic'
NBC picks up summer series for 2008
The network has picked up new seasons of "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing" for 2008. Both have been reliable performers this summer, so their renewal comes as little surprise.
"Both of these innovative series have proven to be summer staples and important franchises for NBC," says Craig Plestis, the network's head of alternative programming. "We have the most-watched show in 'America's Got Talent' and one of the most upscale series in 'Last Comic Standing,' and now viewers can look forward to seeing these popular brand series with fresh new shows again next summer."
"America's Got Talent" is drawing 11.1 million viewers per week, more than any original series this summer. It's also averaging a healthy 3.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.
The fifth season of "Last Comic" hasn't reached those heights, but it's been a steady performer at 6.7 million viewers and a 2.8 demographic rating.
Hosts Jerry Springer ("Talent") and Bill Bellamy ("Last Comic") are set to return next season, as are "America's Got Talent" judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff.