NBC has re-upped its successful summer series franchises "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing," for a third and sixth season respectively.
"Both of these innovative series have proven to be summer staples and important franchises for NBC," said Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.
"America's Got Talent" has averaged a 3.6 rating, 11 share in adults 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) making it primetime's #1 series in total viewers this summer, NBC said. The talent competition series has improved the Tuesday 8-9:30 pm ET timeslot by 21% in adults 18-49 versus last summer.
"Last Comic Standing" hit a six-month time-period high for NBC last week, scoring the network's strongest Wednesday 9-10 pm ET rating since January 31. The series is delivering a 2.8/8 in 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall this summer.
The pickup announcement comes as "America's Got Talent" is preparing for its live, two-part season finale with a special 90-minute performance episode on Tuesday, August 14 8-9:30 pm ET. The following Tuesday, August 21, the million-dollar winner will be revealed in a two-hour live episode 8-10 pm (ET).
"America's Got Talent" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's SYCO TV. Cowell, Ken Warwick, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Jason Raff and James Sunderland are the executive producers.
"Last Comic Standing" is produced by Peter Engel Productions, Magical Elves and Universal Media Studios. The executive producers are Peter Engel, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Barry Katz. Javier Winnik is the co-executive producer.