‘American Idol’ Renewed By ABC / Katy Perry & Fellow Judges All Returning

Published: Friday 4th May 2018 by Sam

‘American Idol’ has silenced the naysayers. Because, after solid ratings and ample advertiser interest, the revived version of the show has earned itself another season at ABC.

Details below…

In an announcement made moments ago, it was confirmed that the series – presently anchored by Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan – will return next year for its second cycle at ABC and 17th overall. All judges as well as host Ryan Seacrest will be back too.

Initially, it looked like the show had the odds stacked to the heavens.

Firstly, Perry’s $25 million pay-packet not only left little else for her fellow panelists – it, more crucially, raised serious questions about the show’s profitability.

The so-so climate surrounding Idol’s revival – which was confirmed just one year after its “final” season on FOX – had many wondering if advertisers would pony up spend.

However, with viewers taking well to the new Sunday/Monday format (8-9 million per episode, with a 2.1 average rating in the all-important adult 18-49 bracket), any doubt seemed to be dispelled.

Word is that 30 second commercial slots during the show are going for $200,000 a piece, which is not bad at all.


Speaking on Idol’s re-up, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement:

“We knew that American Idol on ABC would unleash an opportunity for singers from all walks of life to realize their dreams and that these incredible contestants would have America rooting for their success. I am thrilled that Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan will be back to once again embark on this Idol journey with us to discover the next crop of inspiring talent.”

Some sceptics stress that the network have plunged far too much into the revival for the experiment to be a “one and done.’ Put simply, a pick-up may have been inevitable so long as performance wasn’t grossly under-par.

Still, a renewal is a renewal.

Our sole hope is that one of these shows will gift us the talent and success stories like that of Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson, and Jennifer Hudson. Surely, that she be the imperative end-goal?

Your thoughts?

[Photo credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin]

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  1. Lol May 4, 2018

    I’m confused. Who watches this?!

    • Casual May 4, 2018

      Me too. I haven’t watched an episode all season.

    • SMH May 4, 2018

      Lol neither have i. Then again, I’ve never watched this show in the past either lol.

    • Carlitos May 4, 2018

      Over 10 million a week not including DRV recordings. The contestants are really good, and so is the new show format. Much better than The Voice.

  2. Oliver May 4, 2018

    She looks like Katy Perry

    • Carlitos May 4, 2018


      • MusicLovah May 5, 2018

        Didn’t he?

  3. eric May 4, 2018

    I watched one episode and was appalled by how obviously biased the judges are. The best singer, Dennis, is already off the show anyway.

    • Carlitos May 4, 2018

      Lmao. Sounds like you’re biased or in just plain denial. Katie Turner, Gabby and Michael Woodard are clearly the best on the show.

      • eric May 4, 2018

        Oh my goodness, no, no, no. His performance of “This Woman’s Work” was the beginning and the end of this season. His tone, voice control, runs, the way he transitioned in and out of falsetto… Dennis showed mad skills.

  4. Donald May 7, 2018

    Katy Perry is the only let down of the show. I am glad there will be another season. 2 wishes. One would be more weeks for the viewers to vote and less with the judges. Two would be next season W/O Katy Perry.

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