Fox has officially put the lid on the 14-year-old singing competition reality show after years of little success and judge’s panel drama.
But the final farewell will not be until 2016 and returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will sit for one more season.
Way back when, “American Idol” used to be a ratings juggernaut and was TV’s highest-rated show for eight years, producing a small number of commercially successful artists, such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks and Phillip Phillips. In recent years, however, winners of the competition have remained somewhat anonymous and unsuccessful, leaving “American Idol” to receive more negative attention for its inability to retain a stable judge’s panel.
At its height, “Idol” received over 38 million viewers during the season two finale when Ruben Studdard beat out Clay Aiken. At the low end, the season 13 finale in 2014 received the lowest finale ratings in the series’ run with 10.5 million. Though the ratings took a dive over the years, “Idol” still beat out shows like “Modern Family” and “How I Met Your Mother” during the 2014 season.
Will you miss “American Idol”?