This venerable competition series has consistently done well for ABC in the ratings, often airing twice a week and generating some of the alphabet network’s best ratings in a given season. How long will that trend continue? Will American Idol be cancelled or renewed for season 22? Stay tuned.
A singing competition series, the American Idol TV show features returning judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan in season 21 (the sixth season on ABC). Ryan Seacrest returns as host. After making it through the nationwide audition process, the contestant pool is narrowed through a series of elimination rounds. Once the contest reaches the semi-finals, although the judges offer their criticism, the decision to keep or cut a performer is up to the viewing audience. For a specified window of time, fans may vote for their favorites, via phone calls, text messages, and online. The winner claims the “American Idol” title and a recording contract.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances of survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
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For comparisons: On Sunday nights, the 20th season of American Idol on ABC averaged a 0.78 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.65 million viewers. On Monday nights, the 20th season averaged a 0.69 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.59 million viewers.
Note: These are the final national ratings, including all live+same day viewing and DVR playback (through 3:00 AM). Early fast affiliate ratings (estimates) are indicated with an “*”. While these numbers don’t include further delayed or streaming viewing, they are a very good indicator of how a show is performing, especially when compared to others on the same channel. There can be other economic factors involved in a show’s fate, but typically the higher-rated series are renewed and the lower-rated ones are cancelled.
What do you think? Do you like the American Idol TV series on ABC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 22nd season?
American Idol awful worst in years now. Not same style anymore
I have watched all but the first season. I sure would like to see them return for yet another season 22. This season 21 promises to be wonderful.
We McDonald is the best was on The Voice won I know her personally at my high school now on American idol fantastic news to hear look forward to seeing it this season so good singer too.