Fox announced this weekend that the next season of American Idol, premiering in January 2016, will be its last. The final season will keep Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. as judges, along with Ryan Seacrest, although there are rumors that the original judges could make appearances.
Much like the Internet, iPhones, and Netflix, American Idol is one of those cultural products that feels like it’s always just been there. It performs well on social media each week, making the Nielsen Social ratings, but it’s never driving noteworthy numbers. If anything, it’s been trending more this morning than it does over it’s weekly Wednesday – Thursday run.
It's time that American Idol is over. Next year is the next year. Now NBC get rid of The Voice.
— Cathy (@Cathymarie55) May 11, 2015
American Idol is ending after 15 seasons and 2 viable recording artists.
— Michael Hartney (@MichaelHartney) May 11, 2015
— Tiffany ❥ (@Tifff_anyy) May 11, 2015
American Idol should’ve been cancelled years ago — tay (@TaylorSipchen) May 11, 2015
they’re finally canceling american idol ohhhh my god
— memphis is lame (@beast_trash) May 11, 2015
Oh, American Idol is ending? Hasn’t it been irrelevant for like 3 years? — Sean Campbell (@SCCampbell118) May 11, 2015
Huh. “American Idol” cancelled. I will certainly miss being vaguely aware of it and mystified as to why people watch it.
— Martin (@Heisenbergkamp) May 11, 2015
I actually liked American Idol… few years ago. — Ellie (@Sheeeyyyn) May 11, 2015
They finally cancelled American Idol. Hallelujah. American Idol was Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul. No one else.
— Blossom (@sighimnicole) May 11, 2015
In better news, Fox also moved Empire up to premiere in the fall. The second season will be split, so we’ll get a little during the fall and the rest in spring. That’s something to root for.