American Idol Cancelled, But Twitter Will Survive

By Karen Fratti 

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.

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.