It’s that time of year when television networks put their worst-performing shows on the chopping block, and Fox’s American Idol is the latest to get the ax, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Fox has pulled the talent show, and the 15th season next year will be its last. It will return for the last time with current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. and Ryan Seacrest as host. The timing of the cancelation seems appropriate. At its peak, the show was drawing in 36 million viewers during their epic finales. Just this past season, AI has averaged a paltry 11 million viewers, to compare.
Show execs say the cancelation “wasn’t an easy decision,” according to The Wrap.
“We really wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory,” he explained, adding that they never really considered moving it back to summer. “The right way to send this show out is … in the time period it’s had for the last few years.”
But let’s be real – there hasn’t been an idol on that show for years. The show’s judges were getting more buzz than the actual contestants. We can’t forget the showdowns between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj during season 12 that made headlines before the show even aired.
Fox has also canceled The Mindy Project, The Following, Red Band Society, among other shows.
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