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NBC renews 'America's Got Talent' and 'Last Comic Standing'

By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 08/06/2007 

NBC has announced that it has given early Summer 2008 renewals to its America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing reality competition series.

"Both of these innovative series have proven to be summer staples and important franchises for NBC," Craig Plestis, NBC's executive vice president of alternative programming, stated in the network's renewal announcement.  "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." 

Next summer's installments will represent America's Got Talent's third season and Last Comic Standing's sixth season.  Bill Bellamy, the host of Last Comic Standing's currently-airing season, and Jerry Springer, the host of this summer's America's Got Talent season, will both return for next summer's editions, according to The Hollywood ReporterAmerica's Got Talent 2 judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan will all also reportedly return next summer.

America's Got Talent's two-hour second-season finale will air live on Tuesday, August 21.  Last Comic Standing's two-hour fifth-season finale will air live on Wednesday, September 19. 

So far, America's Got Talent 2 -- the summer's most-watched series -- has averaged 12.1 million total viewers and a 3.6/11 rating/share in the Adults 18-49 demographic in its Tuesdays at 8PM ET/PT time period.  Last Comic Standing 5 has averaged 6.7 million total viewers and a 2.8/8 rating/share among Adults 18-49 in its Wednesdays at 9PM ET/PT time period.

No renewal decision has reportedly been made on Age of Love, the third reality series NBC has been airing this summer.

(Photo credit NBC)

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