American Idol: Fewer Episodes for 2014-15 Season

American Idol 2014-15 seasonThere won’t be quite as much American Idol on the FOX schedule next season. The show’s dropped in the ratings once again this season so next year’s competition will feature a new “more streamlined” format, according to FOX Chairman Kevin Reilly.

Two episodes will air each week through the audition process. Then, Idol will be cut back to one two-hour episode a week for the remainder of the season.

At its peak, Idol accounted for 50 hours of programming in a single season. Reilly estimates that there will be about 37 hours in 2015. Ryan Seacrest, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are all expected to return next season.

He doesn’t plan on cancelling the show anytime soon however. “We believe Idol will be on the air for many years to come,” Reilly said.

What do you think? Are you still watching American Idol? How does this season compare to previous years?

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  1. Barb says

    I think American Idol has had its run because of it being on TV for a number of years.
    Now it’s time for the show to step aside and let all this other reality shows take over.
    I do, also, believe that these reality show are a waste of time and money in the long run.
    The ratings on all these reality shows will eventually go down, just like American Idol did and they will have to find the “next best thing” to make into a TV show.
    I mean they need to change the age limit on them to be able to get on these shows.
    How many employers do you know of that are going to let their employees take off from their work jobs for a number of weeks or even months to do and be in a reality TV show?
    I would really, really love to be on the “Biggest Loser”. But if I do really good enough, then I would be on the show for months and maybe get behind in my work, not have enough leave to take off and so on.
    I, also, do not think the “Biggest Loser” is not going to be as good as it was when Jillian Michaels was on there. If they bring her back, I believe it will do better in their ratings.

  2. Barbara says

    I think American Idol has had its run because of it being on TV for a number of years.
    Now it’s time for the show to step aside and let all this other reality shows take over.
    I do, also, believe that these reality show are a waste of time and money in the long run.
    The ratings on all these reality shows will eventually go down, just like American Idol did and they will have to find the “next best thing” to make into a TV show.
    I mean they need to change the age limit on them to be able to get on these shows.
    How many employers do you know of that are going to let their employees take off from their work jobs for a number of weeks or even months to do and be in a reality TV show?
    I would really, really love to be on the “Biggest Loser”. But if I do really good enough, then I would be on the show for months and maybe get behind in my work, not have enough leave to take off and so on.
    I, also, do not think the “Biggest Loser” is not going to be as good as it was when Jillian Michaels was on there. If they bring her back, I believe it will do better in their ratings.

  3. says

    It’s done it’s time. After Joshua Ledet was cheated they lost me. .
    Even though Candice Glover is GREAT!!!!!!! We still feel Joshua was cheated

  4. Jim J. says

    First, “So You Think You Can Dance” has its results show dropped. Then “Dancing With the Stars” has its results show dropped. Now “American Idol” is having its results show trimmed (reducing its running time, now the number of episodes). I have to admit, these reality competitions’ results shows are an absolute waste of scheduling.

  5. Barb says

    I think Idol will be cancelled if not 2015 then it will in 2016. That’s because of The Voice’s ratings far beat Idol’s. American Idol just doesn’t have what it takes like it used to in the beginning. So move over Idol. You’ve had a good run!

  6. athena rose says

    well many thoughts on American idol LOL….I have been watching the show since the beginning of time LOL……I don’t dislike it actually I prefer it over the voice (but I do love usher )…………..so glad all 3 judges are coming back….I love them all – they are a good fit – no drama & they go together well :)

    ryan seacrest……..hmmm….whats up with him this year…..hes acting all goofy & weird……ryan comedy is not ur thing……u are a super host….just stick to being a great host :)

    as far as cutting back on the show………….I do agree with that………..maybe its me but do we really need to see all those silly auditions……….for me they are a waste of time………….maybe stream line the auditions & have us just see the top 40 & then get to the actual show……………….

    then when the show actually starts I prefer more singing & less “lets get to know everyone “…….ok well what I mean is yes its nice to hear a little here or there about the contestants but not an overload…………its a singing show & I want to see more of their talent :) also I wasn’t a fan of the duets………but that’s just me……………and I am sooooo glad they got rid of these cheesy opening numbers LOL

    so glad its renewed & glad it will be more streamlined :) still enjoy the show !!!

    oh I would love to see a songwriting category…………..if u can write & sing that’s a plus for me :)

  7. Tony Greco says

    Year after year the good singers go home. A few years ago they sent the girl from Howard Beach, NY home. That is when I started to dislike Idol.

    Can you tell me what Randy Jackson is doing there?

    Maybe its time for a cast makeover starting with Seacrest. He is getting worn out.

    Change the judges every year as well. They spend more time looking at Jennifer than anything else.

    Why do you make people sing after they have been eliminated?

    Take a look at X-Factor; they seem to have a better idea!

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