America's Got Talent (also known as AGT) is a American reality television variety show which airs on the NBC television network. It is part of the global British Got Talent series. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of US$1 million. The show debuted in June 2006 for the summer television season. Starting in the third season, the Talent top prize included US$1 million, payable in a financial annuity over forty years (or the present cash value of such annuity), and a show as the headliner on the Las Vegas Strip.
Among its significant features were that it gave an opportunity to talented amateurs or unknown performers, with the results decided by an audience vote. The format is a popular one and has often been reworked for television in the United States and the United Kingdom.
"America's Got Talent" - television's top-rated summer series - will premiere its sixth season on Tuesday, May 31 (9-11 p.m. ET) with a two-hour broadcast. After its debut, the series will resume its run on Tuesdays (9-10 p.m. ET) from June 7 through June 28. The series then will begin two-hour Tuesday editions (9-11 p.m. ET) starting July 5 until September 6. "America's Got Talent" will debut its Wednesday broadcasts on June 1 (9-10 p.m. ET) -- and will continue on that night through September 7. On Tuesday, September 13, "America's Got Talent" returns to one hour (9-10 p.m. ET) for its penultimate episode before returning for its season finale on the next night - Wednesday, September 14 (9-11 p.m. ET). "America's Got Talent" has been the #1 summer series in total viewers for each of its five seasons on the air. Last summer, an edition of "America's Got Talent" was the week's #1 non-sports telecast in total viewers during 14 of the show's 16 weeks on the air. The Tuesday edition averaged a 3.5 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.2 million viewers overall last summer and the Wednesday telecast delivered a 3.4/10 in 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers on Wednesdays. The 3.5 rating on Tuesday's matched the second-highest 18-49 average ever for a cycle of "Talent." Last summer's September 15 season finale (3.9/11 in 18-49, 16.4 million viewers overall) scored the highest 18-49 rating for a "Talent" finale in three years and attracted the show's biggest overall audience ever, counting finales and all other telecasts.
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