Tuesday, February 19, 2019



Lim Earns Title of First-Ever World Champion on New Winter Edition of TV’s #1 Alternative Series
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Feb. 18, 2019 – The elite group of superfans representing all 50 states have voted and magician Shin Lim has been crowned the first-ever winner of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”

Lim returned to the “AGT” stage to once again mesmerize audiences with his close-up magic performances that defied logic. Combining dexterity, precision and grace, Lim performed carefully choreographed routines. His hands move so masterfully that audiences were amazed as cards disappeared, reappeared and metamorphosed right before their eyes. As he commanded the Champion’s stage, it was apparent that Shin’s act had continued to evolve and become even more mind-blowing since he won Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent.”

Finishing in second place was ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer. Since winning Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent,” Farmer has been touring the country with her “Darci Lynne and Friends” show, and also hosted her own holiday special on NBC, “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas.” Seen for the first time in America was Ukrainian sand artist, Kseniya Simonova, who finished third. Simonova who won “Ukraine’s Got Talent” in 2009, had never been to the U.S. and marveled viewers as she told beautiful stories using nothing but sand.
“As the world’s #1 reality format, we have been cultivating and nurturing a global community of artists and entertainers for more than a decade,” said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle, North America. “We are proud to have brought the best acts from around the world together on one stage for America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” brought together the world’s most talented, memorable and all-around fan favorite acts from past seasons of “AGT” and around the globe from the other “Got Talent” franchises,” spanning 194 territories. These all-star acts, which included former winners and finalists, took the stage to compete in the first-ever global competition of its kind with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of World Champion.
“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” has been Monday’s #1 most-watched broadcast program with each of its six original telecasts to date and has led NBC to the nightlong total-viewer win among the broadcast networks on each of those nights.

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” has generated a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens, making it the season’s #1 alternative series. 

The show also finished out the season as the #1 most social reality series of the year to date, garnering nearly 400 million video views, along with more than 13 million social interactions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, host Terry Crews rocketed to the #1 most engaging social media talent across all primetime broadcast series during his run on the show.

The “Got Talent” format has had more than 900 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006 and has aired in 194 markets worldwide. “Got Talent” holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history, with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas.
Auditions for the upcoming season of “America’s Got Talent” are still underway. Interested acts can submit an online audition at AGTauditions.com up until midnight EST on Monday, March 4.

“America’s Got Talent” was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music, is one of the world’s leading global music, television and film production companies, responsible for some of the most successful global entertainment franchises. Syco’s television assets include “Got Talent,” “The X Factor” and “The Greatest Dancer.” The “Got Talent” format officially holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for highest number of adaptations, making it the ‘World’s Most Successful Reality TV Format’. “Got Talent” has a global reach of more than 900 million viewers and airs in 194 territories. Original versions of the “Got Talent” format are produced in 71 territories worldwide. “The X Factor” is now produced in 55 territories and airs in 178 countries around the world. Artists discovered by “The X Factor” have sold more than 500 million records worldwide, making it the most successful show in history for finding chart superstars. The music division, Syco Music, is home to internationally renowned recording artists, including James Arthur, Susan Boyle, Camila Cabello, CNCO, Labrinth, Tokio Myers, PRETTYMUCH, Louis Tomlinson, and Grace VanderWaal, amongst others. In 2017, Syco Music was named ‘Record Company of The Year’ by Music Week. In addition to music and TV, Syco Entertainment has also extended into feature films. Syco produced the No. 1 global box office hit One Direction: “This Is Us,” a 3D Concert documentary, and currently has a number of film projects in development.

Fremantle is one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. A global entertainment powerhouse, Fremantle has an outstanding international network of production teams, companies, and labels in over 30 countries. Fremantle produces more than 12,000 hours of original programming, roll out more than 60 formats and air 450 programs a year worldwide. The group distributes over 20,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories. Fremantle is also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, with more than 300 million subscribers across 1,400 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms. Fremantle is part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content, and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann. For more information, visit www.fremantle.com, follow us @FremantleUS or visit our Facebook and Linkedin pages.

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