Fans may watch an American Idol revival soon. However, the reality show’s potential return will be with NBC instead of Fox.
The network is in talks with AI producer FremantleMedia to bring back the singing competition, Variety wrote. Freemantle reportedly pitched the revival of the long-running series to NBC.
Variety cited sources with knowledge of the discussions saying the network is now considering its options on how to squeeze the show into its current programming slate. Apparently, one option that is being considered is cutting down NBC’s The Voice from two seasons a year to just one.
The Voice has been one of the top-rated reality shows at NBC. However, the show has also shown a decline in ratings in its last season. The Voice season 12 will debut on February 27 with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Alicia Keys as coaches. The next cycle of the show will premiere in September 2017.
Variety noted that NBC might find it hard to find a schedule for the American Idol revival without making major changes in its existing line-up of talent competitions. Aside from The Voice, NBC also has America’s Got Talent which is currently the network’s highest rating show in the summer. In July, NBC also announced Jennifer Lopez’s dance competition World of Dance, which has not yet been scheduled.
What To Expect on American Idol Revival
Fans are expecting that NBC and Freemantle will find a right place for AI. The network currently has a good working relation with former AI stars.
American Idol judge Simon Cowell is now with AGT. Aside from World of Dance, Lopez, who also judged in AI, stars in Shades of Blue. Long-time host Ryan Seacrest has long-term ties to NBC Universal and its E! Network.
After the show bid its goodbye last year, creator Simon Fuller revealed how it will likely look different when it eventually comes back. The creator said via The Hollywood Reporter:
“There are loads of ideas being shared, and I’m deep in thought about how we can evolve Idol. We debuted at the very beginning of the digital world. So the next generation of Idol will be a lot more interactive, a lot more immersive.”
American Idol ran on Fox for 15 seasons. The original judges were Cowell, pop singer/choreographer Paula Abdul, and record producer Randy Jackson.
For eight consecutive seasons, AI had its glory days. It was the highest-rated TV show in the US from the 2003–04 season through the 2010–11 season. At its peak in 2006, the show averaged a 12.4 rating among in the 18-49 demographic and 36.4 million total viewers.
Ratings began to drop in the later years. American Idol‘s final season in 2016 averaged 2.2 and 9.1 million viewers.
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