Yes, the next season of American Idol will be it’s last. Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and chief executives of Fox Television Group, made the farewell official when they announced their schedule for the 2015-16 fall season.
For the makers it was not an easy decision but one had a take this tough call due to a rapid decline in ratings in recent years for the singing competition show.
It may seem hard to remember now, but a few years ago American Idol was such a huge hit that a rival television executive called it a monster that should be killed.
This reality show was the number one show on television for a record breaking eight consecutive seasons. The gala performance shows during the 2006 season hit a series-record average of about 31.1 million total viewers.
However, the 2014 season of American Idol failed to draw even 12 million total viewers overall.
Apart for this, a part of the problem could be competitive. NBC premiered The Voice, a rival singing-competition show, in April 2011 and it quickly became a hit.
Now if this was not enough, Fox contributed to the problem itself by scheduling Simon Cowell’s, The X Factor, starting in fall 2011.
The glut of such shows split the fan base and resulted in audience fatigue.
The last and final season of American Idol shall see singer Harry Connick Jr., who acted as a mentor for the top five finalists in 2010, along with Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
American Idol was created by Simon Fuller, with original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
Throughout it’s fourteen seasons, other judges have included Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.
Here’s wishing team American Idol all the best.
June 11, 2002 was the day that American Idol hit the air waves, became a rage and is now finally going to be taken off air. Yes, the next season of...3.0