'Talent,' 'Comic' series get NBC callbacks


NBC has renewed its summer reality competition series "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing."

"Talent" will return for a third season next summer, while "Comic" will be back for its sixth.

"Talent," which airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, is averaging 12.1 million total viewers and a 3.6 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. The show, which ranks as the most-watched primetime series of the summer in total viewers, also has improved its time slot in the demo by 21% compared with summer 2006.

"Comic," which airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays, is averaging 6.7 million total viewers and a 2.8/8 in the demo.

The news follows another recent announcement by Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, that another summer reality series, "The Singing Bee," would be given a spot on the schedule in the fall, starting Sept. 25. It originally had been targeted to return later in the season.

No decision has been made on a second season of NBC's relationship-themed "Age of Love," also airing this summer.

"Talent" concludes its second season with a two-hour live episode Aug. 21, in which the million-dollar winner will be named, while "Comic" has its live, two-hour fifth-season finale Sept. 19, in which one comedian will be awarded a $250,000 prize, an exclusive talent contact with NBC Universal and a half-hour comedy special on Bravo.

"Both of these innovative series have proven to be summer staples and important franchises for NBC," said Craig Plestis, executive vp alternative programming, development and specials at NBC Entertainment. "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."

This season, "Comic" is hosted by Bill Bellamy, while Jerry Springer is the current host of "Talent." Both hosts -- along with "Talent" judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan -- will be back next year.

"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.

"Comic" is produced by Peter Engel Prods., 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.