Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why is Fox cancelling American Idol?” you ask? Seriously? Who cares? (Still, it does help us avoid those personal questions about naughty bits.)
Still, we don’t judge the questions, we just answer them. So why is Fox cancelling American Idol? Simple. It’s played out and has been for several years. Mind you, that’s being nice about it.
For those readers who aren’t fans of American Idol, let’s review. American Idol was born in 2002. Creator Simon Fuller basically wanted to do a US version of the UK hit series Pop Idol. The trio of original judges included Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul—it was initially nice to see her get work again—and Randy Jackson.
Over the years others have sat in judgment of a handpicked bunch of both talentless and talented folks who had a dream but didn’t want to put in the work. The additional artists playing judge in hopes of reviving their careers or just killing some time included: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.
One constant throughout the run of show of course is show emcee and former “radio personality” Ryan Seacrest who has been with the show since Season 1. (Seacrest out!” will now finally have real meaning to it.)
Rowena Lindsay of The Christian Science Monitor online confirms that the show is not as popular as it once was. She reports that the height of its popularity was back in 2006. She notes that “the season finale of American Idol drew 36 million viewers, and an average of 30 million throughout the (entire) season.”
Another reason behind the cancellation could also be due to the fact that it created its own competition of American reality TV shows, including The Voice, The Sing Off, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent.
Finally, Lindsay confirms that the “ratings have dropped in the last few years, despite judging and casting changes meant to bump up viewership.” Since 2006 she points out “the show has gradually lost the 18-49 age groups that drives advertising revenue.” (Mind you, if some 18 year-old has more money to spend than your poor penman then the kid needs to be forking over some rent money.)
Lindsay confirms what yours truly has known for quite some time: “American Idol has failed to recapture the riveted audience it once held.” (What did Abraham Lincoln say about not being able to “fool all of the people all of the time”?)
Why is Fox cancelling American Idol? Now you know.
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