Just a year after leaving, ‘American Idol’ may return
But, and this is shocking, not on Fox. NBC is eyeing a revival of the show.
February 10, 2017
Revivals and reboots are certainly all the rage right now in television, but usually the shows coming back have been off the air for years, even decades.
“American Idol” has been off the air for 10 months.
Nonetheless, the show’s producer is in talks to revive it.
Here’s the shocker: It wouldn’t air on Fox, its home for 15 seasons.
Instead, it would jump to NBC.
FremantleMedia has been quietly pitching networks on a new edition of “Idol,” which went off the air last April, after many years as the top show on broadcast.
NBC has shown interest, and though it’s still very early in the discussions, it’s apparently a possibility for next season.
Years of dominance for ‘American Idol’
“Idol” ranked as the top show on broadcast among adults 18-49 for a record seven straight seasons.
It lifted Fox to a long string of winning seasons in the demo, and it launched countless careers, from singers such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood to Oscar-winning talents like Jennifer Hudson to even host Ryan Seacrest.
When the show went off the air, its ratings were a fraction of what they had been, but it still posted okay numbers, especially in an era of declining TV viewership.
A good fit for NBC?
The move to NBC would be surprising. NBC, after all, launched “The Voice” as a way to take aim at “Idol,” and it worked: “Idol’s” ratings losses accelerated after the NBC hit debuted.
It’s hard to see where “Idol” would fit on NBC’s generally solid schedule (the network is on its way to another season at No. 1 in 18-49s).
A possibility could be killing one edition of “Voice,” which airs in the fall and spring. Then “Idol” could take its place.
It’s possible FremantleMedia has been planning the quick revival all along. After all, at the end of April’s finale, Seacrest signed off with “goodbye … for now.”
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