'America's Got Talent' returns for eighth season on June 4by jmaloni
Hour-long Wednesday-night editions begin on July 10 as new judges Mel B and Heidi Klum join returning judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel
NBC's "America's Got Talent" - America's top-rated summer series - will return for its eighth season when it premieres on Tuesday, June 4 (9 p.m.). It will begin its regular hour-long Wednesday edition on July 10 (8 p.m.). This season will feature new judges Mel B and Heidi Klum who will join returning judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel - marking the first time that the series has showcased four judges on the panel. Actor, producer and comedian Nick Cannon returns as host.
Live episodes will begin on Tuesday, July 23 (9 p.m.), and Wednesday, July 24 (8 p.m.).
The 2012 edition of "America's Got Talent" ranked as the No. 1 summer series on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in adults 18-49 and total viewers, marking the seventh-straight year the show finished as the No. 1 summer series in total viewers. "Talent" ranked No. 1 among non-sports primetime telecasts on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in total viewers for 12 of its last 14 weeks on the air last summer. The Monday edition of "Talent" averaged a 3.4 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall, the Tuesday telecast earned a 3.4/10 in 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers and the Wednesday edition delivered a 2.9/8 in 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The live shows again will originate from the New York tri-state area. With the talent search open to acts of all ages, "America's Got Talent" has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing performers from across the country. A colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vie for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America's hearts - and the $1 million prize.