Inside the Broadcast Network Battle Over American Idol’s Revival

Things are getting heated between ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox

Les Moonves, Dana Walden, Channing Dungey and Robert Greenblatt all considered reviving American Idol next season. Photo Illustration: Dianna McDougall; Source: Getty Images

The broadcast networks have mostly been leaving one another alone during upfront week, instead directing their vitriol toward a common enemy—digital advertising, which both NBCUniversal and Fox blasted on Monday. But when it comes to one particular hot-button issue—ABC’s upcoming revival of American Idol, which aired on Fox for 15 seasons—the gloves have come off.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.