Posted: 1:39 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014
By Rodney Ho
Fox confirmed Tuesday that “American Idol’ will be back in 2015 for a 14th season despite alarmingly poor ratings season 13.
Kevin Reilly, president of Fox, recently told Vulture that he isn’t sure if 2015 will be the final season – even if it should. He did say he might try to bring back the original three judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
As I noted yesterday, the odds of bringing back this year’s judge’s panel is slim, especially Jennifer Lopez, who has committed to an NBC drama in 2015. And she’s pricey.
We are all wondering how a final season of “Idol” would look like but I’m sure it will involve bringing back a lot of former “Idol’ contestants and judges and a lot of nostalgia. (But not necessarily bringing back the same old songs.)
Last night’s episode drew a dismal 7.8 million viewers and a 1.7 18-49 rating in the early ratings. That would be yet again a series low for a performance show. Now “Survivor,” an older show, is destroying “Idol” with 9.8 million viewers and a 2.4 18-49 rating last night.
Last year’s comparable top 4 performance show drew 11.26 million viewers and a 2.9 18-49 rating. That’s down 31 percent among total viewers and an even sharper 41 percent among 18-49 year olds year over year.
The year of Phillip Phillips? The top 4 performance show drew 16.46 million viewers and a 4.5/ 18-49 rating in 2012.
So over two years, the show has lost more than half its total viewers and a whopping 62 percent loss in 18-49 viewers.